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Utah provides seniors a beautiful high desert landscape for their retirement locations. Seniors will find the state offers assisted living services in most populated areas. The most populated region runs through the center of the state from north to south. Salt Lake City is the largest metropolis area and the state capital. The stretch a population runs through Ogden, Leighton, Salt Lake City, with St. George and Provo to the South.
The current estimated population of Utah is 2,595,013. The highest populated region is around Salt Lake City and holds almost 80% of the state’s total population. Currently, there are 234,798 senior citizens across the state over the age of 65. There have been many seniors retiring in the southwest corner of the state around the city of St. George. Another popular retirement location is in the mountain town of Park City east of Salt Lake. Much of this area is forest and mountain with canyon country blended in. Utah’s tourist area follows along with the central populated region through the central north-south corridor.
The average cost for assisted living across the state is $35,400 a year. The states nursing home centers average comes to $54,620 yearly. Adult day care facilities charge $10,500 yearly for seniors only needing part-time care. The Medicare/Medicaid Program Certification / Resident Assessment Division of Health Systems Improvement overseas all of Utah’s health care facilities.
Seniors will find many recreational opportunities in the rural eastern part of Utah. This location holds many of the red rock features and parks like Zion and Monument Valley, which is in the Southwest Utah. The Glen Canyon National Recreation area, which is in southern Utah and the Glen Canyon dam, creates Lake Powell. The Western part of the state is mostly a dry, arid location but does offer some wonderful, viewing and vacation areas.
Utah's current personal income tax rate is 5%, the states sales tax rate is 4.7% with prescription drugs being tax-exempt. There is an added 1.75% on residential utilities and 2.75% on foods or food ingredients. Total tax burden for the state ranks midrange compared with the national average.
Seniors will find many the small communities throughout the populated area of the state offering some pleasant locations for retirement housing. Assisted living facilities and nursing home centers are in all but the smallest of locations. Utah's climate is arid, the summers are hot and dry, and the winters are mild with some snows in the mountain areas. The Southwest region of the state is a desert area; this location is just north of Las Vegas, Nevada.