Why Utah Is (Still) Ranked Among the Happiest States in the U.S.

Happiness isn’t just a state of mind — it can also be a physical location. If you’re hoping to find new bliss by switching up your scenery, a 2020 survey from Wallethub suggests you needn’t look further than Utah. The study — which examined the emotional and physical well-being, work environment and community/environment of all 50 states — found that Utah is once again the second happiest state in the U.S., bested only by Hawaii. 

The Beehive State ranked especially well for fewest hours worked (#1), highest volunteer rate (#1), lowest divorce rate (#1), highest sports participation (#4) and safety (#4). From wide-open spaces to ever-changing seasons, Utah never ceases to inspire and delight. Here are three of the reasons Summit Creek residents love calling Utah home.

Wide-Open Spaces

Walk just outside your door at Summit Creek, and you’ll be greeted by 360-degree mountain and valley views, hiking trails that unfurl amidst pine trees and year-round greenery. Summit Creek residents have the distinct privilege of abiding right by nature, not above it — which offers the chance to glimpse elk, wild turkeys or even bald eagles on daily hikes or bike rides. 

Unlimited Access to the Outdoors

From hitting the slopes at Sundance Ski Resort to fly fishing and camping at Deer Creek River, Summit Creek residents have access to a wealth of outdoorsy activities just beyond their backyards. And for those willing to drive a bit further, there’s even more of the Beehive State worth exploring on extended weekends. Consider making the trek to Moab (a tiny town that serves as the gateway to the striking red rock formations in Arches National Park) or Zion National Park (where a river weaves through jagged red cliffs and crescendos into waterfalls at the fittingly named Emerald Pools).

The Luxury of all Four Seasons

From summertime barbecues and bonfires to wintertime ski trips and fireside chats, Utah has something to offer all year long. Whether you’re planning a fall rendezvous through colorful foliage or a summertime journey to find the brightest blooms, Utah offers a vast landscape where you can fully catch your breath.

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