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Outdoor recreation biggest draw for tech workers moving to Utah

Jul 14, 2021, 7:36 AM | Updated: 12:18 pm

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SALT LAKE CITY — The numerous outdoor activities in Utah are the biggest reason tech sector workers are moving to the state, according to a new report.

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah conducted a survey of tech workers in 2021 who relocated to Utah and those who returned to the state after moving away. Nearly 80% say the great outdoors was the main attraction when deciding to move here. More natives who moved back to Utah, 85%, say biking, hiking, skiing, and camping were the precursors to coming home. 

Several respondents say outdoor recreation and access to the wilderness and/or public lands is more important than better pay. The report suggests employers use the appeal of Utah’s natural beauty when wooing prospective candidates from other states.


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Outdoor recreation biggest draw for tech workers moving to Utah