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Why I chose to move to Utah

“We treasure that Salt Lake is an easy, stress-free place to live and offers a lifestyle that we truly value.”

~Christina Chau, Manager, Research Services, OC Tanner

From Big City Commotion to Low-Key Comfort
Christina Chau was perfectly happy living in Houston, TX, a city of 2.25 million people. It wasn’t until her fiancé was transferred to Salt Lake City that she had ever given Utah a second thought.

When we arrived, the first thing I noticed is how much smaller Salt Lake felt compared to Houston. We also found the people to be very friendly and a strong sense of work-life balance in the community—something you don’t necessarily find in larger cities. Things also move at a slower pace here; there is less stress, less traffic, fewer disgruntled drivers. While we found most of these qualities to be wonderful, we struggled with what seemed to be a lack of nightlife, diversity and upscale entertainment. Coming from a large city, these types of activities were abundant and had become staples in our life.

However, what we learned once we finally settled in is that these things do exist, and always have. Unlike in a jam-packed city where amenities of this sort are blatantly positioned on every block, we just had to seek these places out. There is diversity here; there are 50 different languages spoken within my company alone. And we have found great ethnic restaurants and nightlife—all things that tell us we have found our home.

Today we appreciate what Salt Lake has to offer, and that becomes even more apparent when we visit larger cities. It used to be that we could not wait to leave, now that’s all changed. And for the first time since we left Houston, I actually fall asleep easily at night—something I had trouble with for years. We treasure that Salt Lake is an easy, stress-free place to live and offers a lifestyle that we truly value.

~Christina Chau, Manager, Research Services, OC Tanner

 

“Salt Lake is growing up, and it can be seen through the ongoing construction, new industry and rapidly changing demographics.”

~Deborah Battista, VP of Corporate Human Resources, Zions Bancorporation

A Wave of Change: Witnessing a city’s constant, subtle transformation
A self-proclaimed Catholic “military brat” and empty nester, Deborah Battista packed up and headed west with her husband for a new job and the thing with which she is most familiar—change. 

I knew nothing about Salt Lake City prior to moving here, other than it being a former site for the Olympics. But I wasn’t concerned; given my military background, being adaptable is a core competency of mine.

Salt Lake hosts a close-knit, family-oriented culture, and without my son and the social network that automatically generates, I found it difficult at first to make community connections. That being said, the people here are very warm and friendly and after volunteering for a couple local non-profits, it became easy to learn the city and meet new people.

I feel like I inserted myself into this community at the perfect time. Since moving here almost five years ago, I have seen this city go through a constant, subtle transformation. Salt Lake is growing up, and it can be seen through the ongoing construction, new industry and rapidly changing demographics. Gradually, the minority will be the majority. Utah has a desire for diversity and has invested in programs to make sure we are well represented. Relocating to Salt Lake City has been like watching a snake shed its skin—it’s getting bigger and stronger as it grows.

~Deborah Battista, VP of Corporate Human Resources, Zions Bancorporation

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