Also, Salt Lake City is very gay. Because the conservatives here mostly don’t drink, the night life and bar scene in the state is mostly liberal. That also means any gay kids who grow up anywhere within a thousand miles in a conservative family/town, ends up here, and assimilates into the scene. So there’s no real division between gay and straight bars. We have a couple, but even then they’re mixed.
It’s actually really nice. Gay people aren’t on the defensive, there’s no issues and they’re just treated like normal people so they’re friendly and welcoming.
It’s like Utah has been a monoculture for so long, it avoided a hundred years of segregation and infighting, so everything here is just much, much more chill.
The black community is small, but mostly it’s scattered. So there are no black areas in the state. There’s a large Polynesian community, converted by the Mormons who serve missions there, but they’re not a real issue outside of very small areas, and the Mexican community is mostly just hard working people who contribute to food culture here, which is great.
There’s an opioid problem here like everywhere. You will see small tent encampments, but they’re always temporary. The issue exists here, but not anywhere as bad as I’ve seen elsewhere.
I really don’t have anything bad to say about Utah. Even though I complained when I was younger, now that I’m in my thirties I’ve learned that it’s better here than the rest of the country.