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I just received a job offer and will most likely be moving to SLC in the next 30-60 days. I will be moving with my husband and 18 mo son. Am looking for any and all feeback/advice on the area, particularly:

--Good schools or daycares for my son? He has been in a great Montessori toddler program since he turned 12 months and would love to find something similar.

--Good aread to live, or resources for finding houses? Ideally we would like to buy, but may rent initally if it ends up being too difficult. We are thinking of the Sugar House neighborhood but are open to other ideas. I will be working near the airport and the shorter the commute the better.

--Pediatricians/naturopaths/chiropractors you would recommend? Also, any info on getting vaccination exemptions? My son is selectively vaxed.

--Moms groups or other ways to meet people/make friends? We are not mormon.

Thanks in advance!
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Please share what you find out.  Dh is considering applying for a job in SLC.  We are not LDS and I have hears some horror stories about kids being shunned.  I would want a diverse, liberal, family friendly area that is near non-LDS homeschooling groups…does it even exist?


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SLC gets a bad rap, and it's often undeserved. The Advocate, and LGBT magazine, ranked it the "gayest" in the nation, and it is where pockets of liberals tend to concentrate. I'm not making assumptions about anyone's politics or sexual orientation, but these are promising signs of a city willing to accept a more eclectic population. Find the right realtor who can help you navigate your way to the right neighborhoods and schools, and you should be fine.

I'd be a lot more concerned about cultural minorities moving to Utah County, which in my limited experience can be harder to fit into.

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I'd be a lot more concerned about cultural minorities moving to Utah County, which in my limited experience can be harder to fit into.

How so?  What do you mean?

 

Just checked it out - SLC was #8!  Nice!

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I thought it was #1 at one point, but 8 is still impressive. smile.gif I'm not sure about your housing budget, but the Sugar House area might be a good option for you.

Utah County is directly South of SLC and where Brigham Young University is. Last I checked, about 12% of the population in Provo, the county seat, is non-LDS. For those who are LDS, church activities suck up their time and lives, leaving religious minorities and the non-religious a little isolated from the community norm. Political liberals living there need thick skin, deep breaths, and a lot of tolerance. Getting bitter will never change the stubbornly conservative culture there.

If you get serious about moving to the area, research the air quality and make sure you're comfortable with it. It can get nasty. Those gorgeous mountains aren't much to look at behind a veil of smog.
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