The Best Small Town in America!

Park City, Utah

The best small town in America is Park City, Utah.  While there are too many great reasons to live in Park City to list on 12 Reasons to Move to Park City, Utah you'll see quite a few below.  There is no other tiny town that is so close to a major city but you feel like you live in a different universe.  We have high-speed internet, great cell phone service, some of the best schools in the state of Utah, outdoor activities all four seasons, low to no crime, and a very healthy community. 

Call me to discuss the neighborhoods of Park City so we can find the best fit for you if you're considering moving to "Small Town USA". 

Below are the Top 12 Reasons to Move to Park City, Utah


Moving to Park CityPark City and Utah offer the greatest snow on Earth but Park City also boasts of the greatest lifestyle on Earth. With hiking, biking, or skiing trails (cross-country or downhill) being right out your door there is always something fun to do outdoors. There are other small towns with an outdoor lifestyle but no one offers close proximity to a major city as we do to Salt Lake City.

No resort town beats Park City for its convenience and accessibility.  Whether you are looking at moving here full time, purchasing a second home, or strictly looking for a vacation property with a little rental income on the side you can take a direct flight from California, New York, Texas, Florida, Hawaii, and many other states to be from the Salt Lake International Airport to your front door in 25 to 45 minutes.


Best Small Town FeelIn many ways living in the Park City area is like rewinding time. The slower pace of life, polite people, fresh air, and little traffic may just bring back those memories of old. While the local population has definitely grown there’s enough elbow room out west to make it feel more like the small town you grew up in – if you grew up in a big city it’s just a change of pace that you’ll soon come to love. If the ski resorts and Sundance Film Festival bring too many visitors for you and you’re looking for a place a little quieter search for real estate for sale in the towns surrounding Park City


In Park City, you can dash down to Main Street for fine dining at Riverhorse on Main, head up to Deer Valley at St. Regis Bar, or go out to The Vessel Kitchen in Kimball Junction. If you are already a Park City foodie it’s worth the drive to Blue Boar Inn in Midway or step further to the Kamas Valley to have the biscuits and gravy at Woodland Biscuit in Francis.

4. PARK CITY AREA SCHOOLS | Search Park City School District Homes for Sale

Park City offers the best public schools in the State of Utah and ranks in the top 2% nationally. The University of Utah and Westminster College are highly rated higher education options less than 30 miles away to keep the kids in the mountain but far enough away from home so they can spread their wings – until it’s laundry day. BYU is approximately an hour from Park City.


If you ever get tired of the 400 miles of hiking trails Park City has to offer you have other options that are nearby. The Red Rocks of Moab Utah are about a five-hour drive to offer some of the most beautiful and unique Red Rock landscapes on Earth. The beauty and isolation of Jackson Hole and the bears and bison of Yellowstone are just under six hours away. Both areas offer direct flights from SLC.

6. SKI RESORTS WITH AMAZING SUMMERS | Search Ski Homes & Condos For Sale in Park City, Utah

Park City Ski Resorts in the SummerWe usually think of sliding over the powder of the Ski Resorts or groomed trails of Deer Valley in the winter, but ski resorts also offer great summertime activities such as hiking, mountain biking, concerts, zip lines, rope courses, and relaxation in the summer.

While Park City offers Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, and The Canyons Village we are a quick drive to Alta, Beaver Ski Resort, Brighton, Powder Mountain, Snow Basin, Snow Bird, Solitude, and Sundance. 

7. GOLFING IN THE MOUNTAINS OF UTAH | Search Park City Golf Properties for Sale

With the golf courses at Glenwild, Victory Ranch, Red Ledges, Tuhaye, and Promontory (Pete Dye Canyon & Painted Valley) the Park City area has the best golfing in the State of Utah. In The Canyons Village, you can have a ski condo in the winter that transforms into a walk-in walk-out golf property in the summer. There are also golfing options in the Park Meadows, Thaynes Canyon, and Midway communities. 


With technology changing the way we can operate within our professions and more people can “work from home” you can own a ski-in-ski-out property in Deer Valley, Park City, or more specifically The Colony and work from home. On your lunch break, you can take a quick lunch break to take a few runs and return to your office in order to conduct business.


Whatever you need or wherever you need to go you’re only 45 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport. Recently a Park City buyer, that currently lives in the Bahamas and owns a place outside of Vancouver BC, was asking me about relocating to Park City. The question he asked, which I don’t often get asked, was what ultra-luxury shopping we had to offer. While we don’t have a Bentley dealership, we are a quick flight to Las Vegas or Los Angeles – their trip to the airport and touching down in Los Angeles would be the same time it takes him to drive to Vancouver.

The location enables many of my clients to decide to come to Park City on short notice and book an inexpensive flight to their property. Because of the location and convenience of Park City, I believe that my clients use their vacation home 60% more than they would if it were in a more remote location.


Many of my clients are looking to move to a business-friendly environment with lower taxes. Where they currently live isn’t what it was twenty years ago. Utah has done a great job to attract companies from coastal states because of the lower taxes and the lower cost of living.

Utah ranks 25th nationally for state income taxes with a maximum rate of 5%. Property taxes tend to be lower as well - on a home used as a primary residence and assessed for $1,192,715 the annual tax bill is $5,400.


In 2002, Salt Lake City and the surrounding towns hosted the Olympics. We still have all the training facilities that offer training for the next winter Olympic athletes and recently Salt Lake City may be a possibility for the 2030 U.S. bid pick. What does another Olympics mean for Park City?


The world has become an odd place to live and being that we don't have many other options, Park City is a safe place to live.  It feels like crime doesn't exist here. 

Quick Real-Life Story:  I accidentally left my vehicle open and unattended a little while back in Deer Valley.  While walking away from my SUV I must have hit the button that opens the hatch and it was wide open for about ten hours.  When I returned, my computer and about $2,000 worth of photography equipment was untouched.  It's nice to live in a place where you know and trust your neighbor.

If you are considering moving to Park City we have a great article on The Best Places to Live in Park City, Utah

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Editor's Note:  This article was originally titled 11 Reasons to Move to Park City, Utah, and has most recently been updated on February 2, 2021. 

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