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Old 03-22-2006, 02:38 AM   #1
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hey Guys Thinking About Relocating !!!

Whats It Like Living In Utah, I'm From California And It Is Rediculous Wanting To Buy A House Out Here !!! I'm Thinkging About Heading Out To Salt Lake City Area ! Hows Life Out There ? How Do The Jobs Pay , Whats The Cost Of Living ??? Any Info Would Be Greatly Appreciated !!!!
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Old 03-22-2006, 10:37 AM   #2
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The persons that can tell you what the differance between Slc or Ut. Is Scobby Nightowl and Storybooksin. Both are transplants from so cal and Frisco area.
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Old 03-22-2006, 11:32 AM   #3
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I don't live there, but can give you some insight. I was born in SLC, have much family there, and live in Nor Cal for 30 years. The biggest obstacle in most people's mind is the Mormon conservatism. But there are enough CA transplants there, that at least in the SLC metro area, there is a decent amount of culture and open-mindedness.

Housing costs are roughly 60-75% of the Bay Area, and the further you get from Salt Lake proper, the cheaper it gets. It's still very feasibly to get a full size home(3-4+ bedrooms) for a family in the $250-300,000 price range.

Pay rates are marginally less, but not enough so that your cut in pay would be offset by the lower cost of living. I actually have a cousin who works in San Fran, but lives in SLC. He stays with his mom for 12 days at a time, and then gets 5 off. His airfare expense, is less than the differential on his mortgage payment from living in SLC versus San Fran. And his home is 30% larger than the house he had in South San Fran. Try to find a house in the Bay Area where your mortgage is under $1000 a month! SLC is somewhere where a combined income of less than $100k a year can easily own a home and have plenty leftover for vacations, and other luxury-type expenses.

And if you are single, small homes and condos can still be had for the $100-200k range, with some condos even less. The 2 bdrm condo my mom recently sold in downtown SLC went for $85k.

And having the mountains 2-4 hours closer than most California locations is a huge benefit. Furthermore, Moab and the whole southwest is 4-6 hours away. I have an aunt and uncle with a boat on Lake Powell who are there every other weekend all summer long. If you are an outdoor type person, the opportunities for activity are pretty limitless.

What field do you work in? Are you married, or otherwise "attached"?
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Old 03-22-2006, 03:12 PM   #4
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Just an FYI: Salt Lake City itself is an extremely liberal city. Not quite San Fran liberal, but very close.
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Old 03-22-2006, 04:30 PM   #5
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^^^ yeah but at least it's a blue state
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Old 03-22-2006, 04:40 PM   #6
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I have no regrets about moving out here from So Cal. The only thing I miss from back home is my friends and the beach. And the beaches are so ****ing crowded that I even hate to venture back out in the surf when I'm there. Luckily when I do paddle out I have plenty of friends in the line up that are happy to see me back.
Whenever I do go back I also feel that vib...it's like I have to put on my "hood" tude.
That's not the case here.

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Old 03-22-2006, 06:09 PM   #7
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I am going to have to agree with Danny. I miss my friends, my family, and the "vibe". i dont miss all the stuck up brats that infest that whole area. I was born and raised in mission viejo, the same way everyone else was raised (spoiled to an extent). i didnt let it go to my head like 45% of the people i knew. Anyways, i love it out here. the people are great, weather is ok, and the girls are less maintenance. If i ever need/want to go back home its an hour and forty five min. flight or a 9.5 hour drive. As for pay and whatnot, i make OK money and am able to survive just fine out here. the above statement about houses is pretty much right on the dot.if you have any other questions feel free to shoot me a PM

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Old 03-22-2006, 06:23 PM   #8
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I also moved here from california, i however moved here for college, I like it here, that is why i stayed, the weather is great, I love skiing though, and yeah houses here are down right cheap compared to parts of california, for an example I live in brand new 4000sq ft custom home here, that was about the same price as my mom's house that is only about 1000sq ft, and very old.
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Old 03-22-2006, 07:01 PM   #9
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house value keeps going up. Communting is easy, cost of living is relatively mild. Night life isn't bad if you know how to make it happen.
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Old 03-22-2006, 07:08 PM   #10
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Salt lake and San fran are not even close.The first thing you have to get used to is alot of places not open on sunday.For somebody that lives in Logan it might seem liberal.There is some decent restraunts not alot mostly chain type places.The summers are great I hate the winter but I am a golfer so I deal with it.If you are an outdoor type person it's one of the best places I have lived.The traffic isn't that bad the schools are ok not alot of crime and the roads suck.What part of cal are you from
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Old 03-22-2006, 07:32 PM   #11
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Hey guys I Thank all of you who have replied, I live in the Bay Area with my parents still and I work in Construction, I'm a carpenter been doing it for about 2 years but before that I worked at a grocery warehouse store kind of like Costco !!! I'm looking to move to Utah because the cost of living is cheap out there, here in the Bay Area you and your spouse have to be making over 100k just to live comfortable. !!! A 3 bedroom house more compared to a shack cost on average about 500k-550k. I love the outdoors thats one of the main reasons I want to move there. I've been looking at houses in Layton,Ut and they seem huge and almost dirt cheap for us. But my main concern is being able to find a job that pays over 35k out there. Any one have suggestions ??? How much do construction workers make if anyone knows ??? Any replies would be greatly appreciated !!!
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Old 03-22-2006, 07:34 PM   #12
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well... construction is booming, i am not sure of the pay though.
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Old 03-22-2006, 07:50 PM   #13
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Do it and you won't regret it. I was born in cali the same place as car_cursed, fairfield, CA. And I moved here for college. Never left because I like it here, nice weather, clean and the suby crowd is really cool. I like visiting CA but wouldn't live there again. Me and car_Cursed thought about it like 2 yrs ago but have since changed our minds. We like our house and the fact we have a garage for four project cars...
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Old 03-22-2006, 08:31 PM   #14
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Thanks guys all of you are making my decision to leave cali that much easier !!! Keep any comments or suggestions coming !!! THANKS

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Old 03-22-2006, 10:09 PM   #15
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i work in construction and you can make 35k if you have the experience but i don't think you could start out at that unless you started your own business but then again im just in remodeling so don't know what kinda of construction your in?
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Old 03-23-2006, 11:00 AM   #16
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As long as you know what you are doing you will be able to find a decent job here in that trade.
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Old 03-24-2006, 07:40 AM   #17
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Quote:
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hey Guys Thinking About Relocating !!!

Whats It Like Living In Utah, I'm From California And It Is Rediculous Wanting To Buy A House Out Here !!! I'm Thinkging About Heading Out To Salt Lake City Area ! Hows Life Out There ? How Do The Jobs Pay , Whats The Cost Of Living ??? Any Info Would Be Greatly Appreciated !!!!
Well its full of Mormons if thats what you want to know.
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Old 03-24-2006, 10:41 AM   #18
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Meh, Utah isnt bad at all. I am a relocate'ee from Modesto. When I moved here many years ago, you could tell there was a major mormon influence on everything. Now, it is not nearly as present. Most places are now open on Sunday (except car dealerships). A lot of places usually close earlier on Sunday, but they are open. I remember back when the bus system did not run on Sundays.

Life is good here, but the pay could use some work. I think it depends on the field you are in though.
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Old 03-24-2006, 04:46 PM   #19
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Meh, Utah isnt bad at all. I am a relocate'ee from Modesto. When I moved here many years ago, you could tell there was a major mormon influence on everything. Now, it is not nearly as present. Most places are now open on Sunday (except car dealerships). A lot of places usually close earlier on Sunday, but they are open. I remember back when the bus system did not run on Sundays.

Life is good here, but the pay could use some work. I think it depends on the field you are in though.
Bet 'ya still can't get a double Jack-n-Coke anywhere in the state though.
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Old 03-25-2006, 08:50 AM   #20
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Not leagally....But I have only been to 1 bar that denied me. UMMMM Jack-n-Coke sounds nice........
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Old 06-29-2007, 11:19 PM   #21
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Thought i would bring this thread back to life.

I've recently decided that best thing for me to do is relocate. Utah is one of my top 3 picks.

I am a letter carrier in the Post Office, and love the fact that i can transfer anywhere in the united states with NY pay rate. I have a couple of questions if you don't mind.

1. Would i be accepted if i am not a mormon (LDS)?

2. What cities would have the most mail volume?

3. Does your mailmain drive a postal truck in the winter time? I've heard they use subarus in colorado!!!!

I am of another christian faith that doesn't go to church on a regular basis, and i am very open minded on how people choose to live their lives. And most of all I respect ALL religions.

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Old 06-29-2007, 11:23 PM   #22
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I also moved from cali to here. Slc is not to bad. Good amount of stuff to do. Just alot of people are very ignorant.
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Old 06-30-2007, 01:43 AM   #23
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Thought i would bring this thread back to life.

I've recently decided that best thing for me to do is relocate. Utah is one of my top 3 picks.

I am a letter carrier in the Post Office, and love the fact that i can transfer anywhere in the united states with NY pay rate. I have a couple of questions if you don't mind.

1. Would i be accepted if i am not a mormon (LDS)?

2. What cities would have the most mail volume?

3. Does your mailmain drive a postal truck in the winter time? I've heard they use subarus in colorado!!!!

I am of another christian faith that doesn't go to church on a regular basis, and i am very open minded on how people choose to live their lives. And most of all I respect ALL religions.
slc will have the highest volume.

my postman drives a truck year round but parks it on one end of the street. my street has on house boxes. theres some neighborhoods around that only have mail boxes on one side of the street to convience the mailman. just depends on what route you get.

again with the religion depends on where you live and where you go to
socialize. also if you have kids. one of our transplants is having issues with his kids being accepcted but id say adults arent as much of biggots (sp) yet kids need someone to learn from so that may not be the case.


stay in the slc metro area. youll be fine
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Old 06-30-2007, 06:40 AM   #24
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i did a search on post offices in salt lake city, and there is quite a few. That is great to know Now the only way i would get to transfer is if there is an opening in one of the offices . Now this is where the research comes in. I wonder how the price of homes is gonna be in 2yrs out in utah? It can actually take a while for me to transfer due to openings thats why im asking. The prices are ridiculous out here on long island. Its one of the most expensive places to live in the country besides hawaii. In Utah, i would love to live in an area with awesome views of the mountains/lakes, but im assuming that the prices go way up. The only thing im concerned about is delivering mail in the winter time when there is a ton of snow. We get some pretty hairy winters out here in long island, but i bet its nothing compared to Utah.

How would people view me when they hear my accent? I hope they like new yawwkers, especially long islanders because we have the strongest accents of all. Kinda like brooklyn accents. hehe...
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Old 06-30-2007, 07:08 AM   #25
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I have some friends that moved out here a few years ago from the Queens area. They have a pretty nice spread in Murray. A lot more home than they had back in NY. I think that they really like it here and don't think that they have any regrets.

No one can predict what the housing will be in the next 2 years. At the moment it is on the high side for this area, compared to the cost of living.

I have never had to deal with the winters that you have back east, but I can say that down here in the valley the snow is nothing compared to what our mountains get (500"+). The air is very dry here, which is why Utah boasts the “greatest snow on earth”.

Hope this helps a little bit.
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