Relocating retirees from outside often discount Utah because of heavy Mormon influence. Logan, 90 miles north of Salt Lake City and 20 miles south of Idaho, is an exception, drawing retirees and other new residents from elsewhere because of its religious diversity and tolerance. It has low unemployment rates and is known as one of the America’s safest cities (crime is almost non-existent). An estimated 50,000 people live in Logan in 2009. A college town, Logan is home to Utah State University and its 16,000 students. It is an altitude of about 4500'.
Logan is known as a cultural center. In addition to events at the University, there is a also the Ellen Ecles Theatre which offers a wide range of cultural events. During the season opera lovers flock to Logan, home to one of the top 20 companies in the country. Beaver Mountain is a nice ski resort very near town. Picture od Downtown Logan with Courthouse courtesy of Wikipedia and UtahSizzle; picture of View Over Logan and LDS Temple to the Wellsville Range Courtesy of Wikipedia and Nile Dean Meservy.
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Where to Retire in Logan and Home Prices
According to Zillow, the median home value in Logan was $231,900 in early 2019.
What is special about Logan
In addition to Utah State University Logan is also home to the Logan Utah Temple, a very large Mormon building on a prominent hill. There are many homes on the National Register of Historic Places. There is a zoo. Logan Canyon offers superb recreation.
What is not special about Logan
Logan is a long way from any city other than Salt Lake.
Who will like retirement in Logan
People who like the outdoors and outdoor adventures will like Logan. It is more cosmopolitan than most other towns in Utah. Due to it being a college town with a leading opera company, it attracts cultural fans. Logan is a walkable community.
Local economy is driven by
Education, tourism, and construction are the big drivers in Logan.
Climate and Physical Environment
Logan is tucked in the northeast corner of Utah, very close to the Idaho border. Logan is in the Cache Valley at an altitude of 4500'
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Thanks to the Ellen Ecles Theatre and its very successful opera company, Logan is an active cultural destination in season. Utah State University provides many cultural attractions. The WIllowPark Zoo serves Logan.
The crime rate is low in Logan.
Logan Regional Hospital provides medical services for Logan. Other hospitals are nearby and in Ogden.
The nearest airport is Ogden-Hinckley, about 40 miles. Salt Lake City International is a major airport and 67 miles distant.
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