Top 5 Utah Cities for California Transplants

Are you living in California right now but thinking of moving to Utah for one of several reasons? You’ve come to the right blog.

Whether you’re a fan of the outdoors, the big city, or the small-town charm vibes, there is a city in Utah for you.

Let’s run through some spots in Utah that you may find yourself gravitating towards as you think about making a move from California.

The Best Utah Cities for Californians To Move

Depending on your wants and needs, lifestyle, and plans, these will dictate where you lay down your new roots.

Let’s run through the top 5 cities in Utah for California transplants.

Californians Who Like Big City Living: Salt Lake City


Are you currently living in a metropolitan area like Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco and looking for a similar, albeit less densely populated, type of living in Utah?

There are several great cities in Utah to consider, one of which is Salt Lake City, Utah’s Capital. 

While Salt Lake City isn’t nearly as populated as cities like Los Angeles–a population of 197,756 people compared to 3.96 million –it does provide a metropolitan experience.

Ranked as one of the most diverse cities in Utah, Salt Lake City is home to plenty of businesses, events, activities, dining, and more.

Some top attractions in Salt Lake City include:

  • City Creek Center
  • Big Cottonwood Canyon
  • Eccles Theater
  • Vivint Smart Home Arena (Home of the Utah Jazz)
  • Hogle Zoo
  • Utah State Capitol

Californians Who Like College Towns: Provo/Orem

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If you’re a fan of being close to college campuses, whether for your kids, grandkids, or even yourself, and just want to enjoy the thriving hustle and bustle of a younger college town, the Provo and Orem area are both a great fit.

With both BYU and UVU colleges in Provo and Orem, respectively, entertainment and shopping are abundant. In addition to the campuses, there are plenty of activities throughout the year:

  • University Mall
  • Riverwoods Shopping
  • Delicious dining & fantastic local eats
  • Plenty of outdoor parks
  • Incredible hiking
  • Theaters, Bowling, & more
  • Indoor climbing
  • Indoor surfing
  • & so much more.

Californians Who Like Their Winter Activities: Park City


Are some of your pastimes hitting the slopes to ski, snowboard, or snowmobile? Want quick access to the slopes, plus just be close to a bunch of different amenities?

If so, you’re in luck. Utah is known for having some of the best snow in the country.

And while you can find great snow throughout Utah, Park City is a place to keep your eye on.

Home of the famous Sundance Film Festival, Park City provides quick access to note-worthy slopes, including Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley.

And if you’d like to hit other slopes as well, you’re close to plenty of other famous resorts like Snowbird, Brighton, and more.

Californians Who Love Tech Hubs: Lehi


For residents of Northern California, more specifically Silicon Valley, looking for the tech hub of Utah, you may be surprised to know that Utah has its tech valley.

That’s right, Lehi is known as Silicon Slopes, with dozens of prospering and disruptive (in a great way) tech companies, including:

  • Adobe
  • Qualtrics
  • Domo

As a result, Lehi has been experiencing quite a bit of growth and becoming an economic powerhouse.

Californians Looking For Small Town Charm But Big City Conveniences: Woodland Hills

Woodland Hills is mere minutes away from above mentioned Provo. Consequently, you’ll still be able to experience all of those Provo benefits from Woodland Hills. But here’s a significant difference:

Woodland Hills is Utah’s best-kept secret. 

With its small-town charm that captures Utah’s beautiful mountainous landscape to its convenience to major retail and modern-day conveniences, Woodland Hills provides the best of both worlds. 

With luxury living like Summit Creek that resides in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains, not above them, Woodland Hills provides incredible views and small-town charm with big-time benefits. 

Here are just a couple big benefits of Woodland Hills:

  • A gateway to outdoor recreation few know about
  • 21 Minutes from Provo
  • 35 minutes from Sundance Ski Resort
  • Mountain Biking
  • 6 Nearby Golf Courses
  • 50 Minutes to SLC International Airport
  • 15 Minutes from Major Retail
  • 50+ Acres of Wildlife Corridors
  • Dark Sky Policies for Stargazing
  • & more

If you’re looking to capture that quaint, small-town charm in the mountains while still being just minutes away from city life, we invite you to learn more about Summit Creek.

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Your Dream Home Awaits

Whether you’re a fan of the snow, college towns, big cities, or quiet and peaceful living, Utah has something for everyone.

If you’re looking for unrivaled luxurious living away from the noise, but conveniently located among the mountains and close to all the modern day conveniences you’ll need, Summit Creek is your answer.

Take your virtual tour of our latest mountain contemporary masterpiece by watching the video above! 

If you have any questions, we’d love to chat with you.

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