15 Reasons to Move to Park City, Utah: A Guide to the Best Place to Live in America!

KEY POINTS: Thinking about moving to Park City, Utah?  Look no further!  Our guide explores the 15 top reasons why Park City is the best place to live.

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 15 Reasons to Move to Park City, Utah, you'll see a few below.  No other tiny town is close to a major city, but you feel like you live in a different universe.  We have high-speed internet, excellent cell phone service, some of the best schools in 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."

Park City is The Best Small Town in America!

Below, we offer 15 top reasons why people from all over the country choose 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 most incredible 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.  Of course, there are other small towns with an outdoor lifestyle, but no one offers proximity to a major city as we do to Salt Lake City.

No resort town beats Park City for its convenience and accessibility.  So whether you are looking at moving here full-time, purchasing a second home, or strictly searching for a vacation property with a little rental income on the side, Park City has options.  About 20 to 40 minutes away, Salt Lake International Airport offers direct flights to California, New York, Texas, Florida, and Hawaii.


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 bring back those old memories.  While the local population has 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.

However, if the ski resorts and Sundance Film Festival bring too many visitors, and you're looking for a quieter place, 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 to The Vessel Kitchen in Kimball Junction.  If you are already a Park City foodie, driving to Blue Boar Inn in Midway or stepping further to the Kamas Valley to have the biscuits and gravy at Woodland Biscuit in Francis is worth driving.


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Park City offers the best public schools in 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 tire of the 400 miles of hiking trails Park City offers, you have other nearby options.  The Red Rocks of Moab, Utah, are about a five-hour drive to provide some of Earth's most beautiful and unique Red Rock landscapes.  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.


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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.  Still, ski resorts also offer great summertime activities such as hiking, mountain biking, concerts, zip lines, rope courses, and relaxation.

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. 


The elevation of Park City ranges from 6,400 feet (1,950 meters) to 9,900 feet (3,000 meters).  We have low humidity and abundant sunny days; Park City is a year-round outdoor wonderland.  The summers don't get too hot, and the winters don't get too cold.  Park City offers a four-season paradise.

  • 229 Sunny Days per Year
  • The rainfall Average is 21 Inches per Year
  • 95 Inches of Snow per Year
  • Summer Highs in July are Around 84 Degrees
  • In January, Winter Temps Dip to 13 Degrees Fahrenheit


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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.  In addition, golfing options exist in the Park Meadows, Thaynes Canyon, and Midway communities. 


With technology changing how 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.  You can take a quick lunch break to take a few runs and return to your office to conduct business on your lunch break.


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 who lives in the Bahamas and owns a place outside Vancouver, BC, asked 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 lets many clients visit Park City on short notice and book an inexpensive flight to their property.  In addition, because of the area and convenience of Park City, I believe that my clients use their vacation homes 60% more than they would if they were in a more remote location.


Many of my clients want 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 attracting companies from coastal states because of the lower taxes and cost of living.

Utah ranks 25th nationally for state income taxes with a maximum rate of 5%.  However, property taxes tend to be lower 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.  So, what does another Olympics mean for Park City?


The world has become an odd place to live, and Park City is safe.  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 opened the hatch wide open for about ten hours.  When I returned, my computer and about $4,000 of photography equipment were untouched.  Living in a place where you know and trust your neighbor is nice.

14.  Health and Wellness

Park City strongly focuses on health and wellness, with numerous fitness centers, yoga studios, and other wellness facilities throughout the town.  Additionally, the town has various healthy dining options and outdoor recreation opportunities, making maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle easy.  We even have the new wellness community of Velvaere.

15.  Quality Real Estate

Park City offers a variety of high-quality real estate options, from cozy mountain cabins to luxury ski-in-ski-out homes.  With a wide range of prices and styles, there's something for everyone in Park City's real estate market.  Additionally, with the town's strong economy and growing population, the real estate market in Park City is expected to remain strong for years to come.

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

Conclusion: Park City offers an unbeatable lifestyle, from world-class skiing to a vibrant arts scene.  Contact Real Estate in Park City today to learn more about the real estate opportunities available in this amazing mountain town.

If you feel we've missed a top reason to live in Park City, Utah, let us know in the comment section below!

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Editor's Note:  This article was initially titled 11 Reasons to Move to Park City, Utah, and was most recently updated on 2/25/2023 to include 15 Reasons to Move to Park City, Utah.

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All eleven of these reasons have been so well explained here. And now I'm just seriously considering moving to park city.

Posted by Greg Mover on Sunday, May 21st, 2023 at 5:49am

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