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Published: Monday, April 28 2014 4:35 p.m. MDT

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Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

My ancestral home and the place I was born and grew up in. I love it.

carman
Wasatch Front, UT

Utah County has a lot of great outdoor venues. Great destinations include the ridge line trail for mountain biking, the Alpine loop, Lambert Park (hiking, mountain biking), Fifth Water Hot Springs and Waterfall (Spanish Fork Canyon), Stewart Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the Provo River biking trail, Vivian Park, Timpanooki Campground (camping, hiking, biking), American Fork Canyon (picnics, hiking, camping, fishing, mountain biking, motorcycling, etc.), BYU Museam of Art, Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, etc., etc.

Utah County has lots to do, especially if you like the outdoors.

Keen
American Fork, UT

Hmmm, on the outside looking in, it's easy to say that Provo is a homogeneous community. However, there is a growing Hispanic part of the community. There are also various ethnic eateries for Polynesians and South/Central Americans.

Where I work at the local university, I have students who work for me who speak Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, German, Japanese, and Mandarin. In this mix of students, I have those who come from Guatemala, Ukraine, China, Uganda, Philippines, and, of course, from all over the US.

Yes, I agree that Provo is fairly non-cosmopolitan area on the surface and yet many of the students and citizens have had an eclectic mixture of languages and experiences that really make our city/area a special place to live.

AZKID
Mapleton, UT

A non-LDS friend of mine described it well with this twist on a familiar saying:

"Utah County: a great place to live, but I wouldn't want to visit there!"

Dennis
Harwich, MA

As a fifty year resident of the state of Utah I can sincerely say the going to Utah County, specifically Provo was never on my list of things to do on purpose.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Highest prescription drugs use and the most cosmetic surgery's in the nation gotta say something.

DigeratiSLC
Salt Lake City, UT

Prozac Nation
Just because Utah County has an unusual large number of candy shops and "young outdoorsy" people doesn't mean that it's the happiest place on Earth. Saying that you're happy (especially in a survey) is not a very good measurement of happiness. Take a look at this DNews article about antidepressant usage.
http://bit.ly/1ixxewj

one old man
Ogden, UT

Did you see KSL's report last night on heroin use in Utah County?

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

The good news for you who are bashing Provo. If you don't like Provo (or anywhere else) you can just keep driving! Problem solved! Isn't freedom wonderful?

KC
Lindon, UT

Don't forget about the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival held in Orem and Provo canyon -- it's the second-largest storytelling festival in the nation, second only to the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee. This year, the family-friendly festival is celebrating its 25th year and inviting favorite storytellers, puppeteers, potters, and musicians to the party. It's one of the things that makes this valley a great place to live!

bradleyc
Layton, UT

I love Provo! Great place to live, raise a family etc. really fun place.

donn
layton, UT

My folks moved to Utah from California. I should have listened when my friends said "I warn you" "There'll be no surfing there. My cars outside covered with snow.

Utah is a lonely town When you're the only surfer around . From SLC Huntington Beach is such a long way and I feel so out of it walking down Temple square. I feel so bad each time I look out there and see(My Car) covered with snow (Nowhere to go now) Provo is a lonely town When you're the only Christian around.

Spicy Is Good
Cedar Hills, UT

I moved from California 11 years ago and never look back. Utah County is the most beautiful place to live and to raise a family. What a lovely outdoor paradise and a strong community to live!

(BTW, the good integration of imperfect people also shows a lot of weakness. I 100% sure and admitted. But, guys - who are bashing Utah County in this board, do you guys find a perfect place to live yet?)

CWJ
Layton, UT

I'll loosely quote Jim McMahon: The best part of Provo is seeing it in your rearview mirror.

As for me and my house, we'll hang with those heathens up in Ogden.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

FYI, Jonestown was said to be "the happiest place on Earth."

Look it up.

Jim Jones and his Church were apparently ecstatic.

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