Where to Move From California: Utah’s Top 5 Cities for Transplants

Are you considering a move from California for one of several reasons but not quite sure where you should move to? 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. How do we know? Because six California counties are among the top ten origin locations for movers into Utah.

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

Utah Cities: Where to Move from California

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.

Green mountain homesites available now at Summit Creek.

Californians Who Like Big City Living: Salt Lake City

Where to live in Utah if you like the city.
via: Unsplash.com

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

Where to move from California if You Like College Towns: Provo/Orem

Where to move from California if you like college towns.
via: Unsplash.com

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

Where to move from California if you like winter activities.
via: Unsplash.com

Where should you move from California if you appreciate elbow room and open spaces? 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.

Where to move from California if You Work in Tech: Lehi

Where to move from California if you want to work in Tech.
Source: https://www.lehi-ut.gov/how-lucky-we-are-to-live-in-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

Californians looking for a place to live with small town charm and modern conveniences.

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.

You can click here to learn more!

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.

Contact Form (1)

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

7 Tips For Attending The 2024 Utah Valley Parade of Homes

12 Master Planned Communities In Utah

How Long Does It Take To Build A Custom Home?