California used to be the top destination for new states, but there’s been a sudden influx of people leaving California to head to Utah instead. In fact, we’ve worked with a lot of people coming from California to Utah on creating reliable custom-built homes in Grantsville, UT and the surrounding communities.

Here are just a few of the most common reasons why Utah is quickly becoming a destination for people who’ve decided California isn’t for them:

  • Taxes: One of the most common reasons we’ve heard from people leaving California is that the tax difference is significant. California has one of the highest state income taxes in the nation, nearly triple that of Utah’s state income tax. Plus, property taxes in most areas of California are significantly more expensive than those in Utah. Over time, moving here adds up to significant savings.
  • Housing prices: The costs of living in Utah, especially housing prices, are significantly more affordable than in California. Utah is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation thanks in large part to its affordable housing. Housing in California is, again, among the most expensive in the nation.
  • Outdoor activities: For people who enjoy skiing and the slopes, Utah is a much more attractive destination. While California has its beaches, people who love the snow and resorts will appreciate being so close to the mountains and many high-quality skiing sites.
  • Traffic: California has some of the worst traffic in the world, especially in the areas around Los Angeles and Southern California. The freeways surrounding major metro areas can get clogged up, with simple commutes to work often taking hours to complete. Utah doesn’t have nearly the population density that California does, and its upgraded highway system is easily navigated and highly interconnected. If you’re sick of sitting in traffic during your commute every day, you’ll be stunned at the difference when you arrive in Utah.
  • Density: Speaking of population density, that in itself is a great reason for people to move to Utah. While there are big cities like Salt Lake City, there is also a whole lot of wide-open space for you to enjoy and avoid the overcrowded feeling that comes with many of the urban and suburban areas in California.
  • Business: California can make matters difficult for business owners. One study done by Chief Executive Magazine found California to be the worst state in the nation for business owners, due to its higher tax rates and legislation that makes for a lot of extra complications. Small business owners find the business climate in Utah to be much friendlier, and much easier to navigate.
  • General costs of living: We mentioned housing costs, but other costs of living in Utah are significantly lower as well. You’ll see it at the grocery store and retail locations, as well as restaurants and night life. You don’t have to spend nearly as much to get your necessities or have a good time.

These are just a few examples of some of the reasons why Utah is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for Californians looking to make a change. For more information about building reliable custom-built homes in Layton, UT, contact UpDwell Homes LLC today.