hi, okay so here's a little something 2 keep in mind(4 what it's worth/might help?...idk?) i'm a 22 yr old african-american male, just became a licensed massage
Well, first I am from Utah. We get snow and sometimes lots of it (it is snowing hard right now), so can you deal with snow. We do have a fantastic outdoors life here though, there is skiing and lots of winter sports here and in the summer there is hiking, camping and fishing and hunting in general. Since the 2002 Olympics housing prices has been going up and the market for buying is pretty high. I don't know much about rent as I have never rented here but, West Valley City and West Jordan City have the highest Crime Rates in the Salt Lake Area. Salt Lake City is a nice place to live...feel free to e-mail me with questions and I will try to answer them. There are a few quirks that you should know about. Most liquor has to be bought at the State Liquor Store. You can buy like, beers in the grocery store but, wine and hard liquor has to be bought from the State Liquor Store. They have even been known to confiscate liquor bought by mail as that technically violates the liquor laws. Also, as for bars liquor can only be served in private clubs, it is easy to become a member but, that too is a something that is different than other states. Also Utah is a no smoking in public places state...our laws are not quite as strict as California though. Some of the more local stores will close on Sunday to observe the Sabbath due to the huge LDS influence. There are still major stores open then but, keep in mind that some stores do close. We are a big enough city that we have a good symphony, ballet and opera company. We will get Broadway shows from the touring companies. There is a lot of excellent community theater as well. To refute Holly, the LDS church is the largest church in the state but, there are many people who are not Mormon. There is not a huge African American population here but, we are far from all white. I know a few African American people and it seems as time goes by, I am noticing more and more but, it is a small community. If you are Gay, well...I have friends who are gay as well and have found life partners here it is just again, those two populations are smaller, so you will have to ask yourself if you can deal with that. Pay in Utah has been smaller but, if you work somewhere like Park City as a Massage Therapist you can make some money. There are quite a few Massage Therapy schools in the area though so I wonder at the abundance of jobs. I know the day spa I go to charges about 60 an hour. I know one lady who does massage out of her house and charges 30 an hour so, I would think you would be able to do fine money wise, if you can find a job.