Logan is a lively city tucked away in the beautiful Cache Valley only 85 miles north of Salt Lake City. This scenic town is home to international high-tech businesses, farmers and ranchers, university students, arts lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts who still enjoy its small-town charm. Logan was recently ranked the “Second-Best Small City in the United States by 2021 Milken Institute Analysis” which explains why people are moving to Logan, Utah.
Through the unprecedented times that COVID-19 has brought this town has continued to thrive economically. Logan was recognized for its sustained job and wage growth, advancement in high-tech industrial base, affordable housing, and household broadband access. The Mayor of Logan, Holly Daines said “We are fortunate to live in a community with a low unemployment rate, a competitive labor force, and a diverse economy not anchored to one industry. While we recognize that not all have been insulated from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Logan residents and businesses have continued to enjoy a unique quality of life not seen in other communities.”
Logan continues to climb the Milken Institute Rankings each year, moving up one spot from 2020. Along with economic vitality and stability, Logan is known for a variety of family friendly activities, events, and stunning views. We put together a list of the top 7 reasons why people are moving to Logan, Utah.
1. Stable Economy
Opportunity for work and growth is present in this community. Logan has a low unemployment rate coming in at just 2.7%, 1% lower than the US average and seen a job market increase by 1% during the last year. Future job growth is predicted to be 36.3% in the next ten years which is higher than the US average.
2. Utah State University
Utah State University's mission statement says it all, "The mission of Utah State University is to be one of the nation's premier student-centered land-grant and space-grant universities by fostering the principle that academics come first, by cultivating diversity of thought and culture and by serving the public through learning, discovery and engagement." The university includes more than 1,100 on-campus job opportunities for students, including work study, in addition to providing more than 1,100 off-campus job opportunities for students.
The university also takes on some impressive national rankings, with the rankings below as just a few of them:
"#2 public university in the nation “2020 National University Rankings” by Washington Monthly (Washington Monthly, “2020 National Universities Rankings,” September 2020) and #17 highest-ranked public university in the country with the lowest tuition in “America’s Top Colleges” for 2019 (Forbes, Aug. 2019)" Utah State University Quick Facts
3. The Mountains
Whether you are taking in the majestic mountain views from town or planning to hit the back-country, Logan has plenty of scenery to offer. The Wasatch-Cache National Forest is only 10 minutes from downtown giving outdoor enthusiasts a quick getaway any day of the week! When the leaves begin to change towards the end of September, a trip through Logan Canyon is a must.
4. Low Crime Rates
Logan is known for being a safe and secure place to live with a low crime rate of 115.1, astoundingly lower than the US average of 280.5. Along with being a safe place, Logan has a variety of opportunities to volunteer and get involved with those who need it most.
5. Outdoor Recreation
The Wasatch-Cache National forests is an outdoor adventure paradise! Grab your hiking boots, bicycles, horses, and fishing rods. Due to its high elevation, summers never get too hot in Logan, which means hikers can enjoy the trails in the spring through fall. If you like to fish, there are a variety of rivers, lakes, and fishing holes with some of the best fishing in the state.
Many make a round of golf a top priority when visiting Logan but as a resident you can capitalize on the past time. Cache Valley boasts four golf courses. The Logan River and Birch Creek Golf Courses rank among the top courses in the state and top 500 courses in the nation.
7. The Arts
The world-class performing arts scene has earned Logan the nickname of Utah’s Heart of the Arts. There are multiple theatres in this community that offer a broad spectrum of performing arts including the Utah Opera Festival and Cache Valley Civic Ballet. The Logan Tabernacle is a beautiful building that is the site of many local celebrations.
Logan is home to several statewide famous attractions that draw in vacationers from all corners of Utah and surrounding areas. This charming town offers trendy dining establishments, theatres, shops, historical buildings, and endless recreational opportunities. The Logan Canyon Scenic Byway will transport you to Bear Lake in under an hour with beauty every direction you look. Logan is a vibrant city and has many differing attractions with the mountains, lakes, reservoirs, resorts and shopping within reach of you in only a matter of minutes!