(Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   In this file photo, Shirley Ririe uses the CaptionCall, a new phone and service by Sorenson Communications that provides closed captioning technology for telephones for the hard of hearing. The Utah Effect: We have 14 times as many telephone operators. Why? Think ASL and Mormon missionaries
    No, they’re not the telemarketers soliciting you in the middle of dinner or the people you call for customer-service support when your remote control ...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 01:19 pm   |     |   Share
    FILE - In this July 20, 2012, file photo, a row of different AR-15 style rifles are displayed for sale at the Firing-Line indoor range and gun shop in Aurora, Colo.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) The Utah Effect: No precise data for popularity of AR-15s, but Utahns love their silencers
    Aurora, Newtown, San Bernardino and Orlando are forever linked, not only as sites of some of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history but by a hig...
    Updated Jun 15 2016 01:00 pm   |     |   Share
    (Tribune file photo)   John Petersen, Ammon Harris and Tony Harris build a container to recycle monofilament fishing line at the pond at Highland Glen Park in Highland, Utah on October 29, 2012. John Peterson decided to do outreach about the dangers of monofilament fishing line to wildlife as his Eagle Scout project and have been able to install these container at a few locations near fishing areas. Utah Effect: State’s boys are 10 times more likely to become Eagle Scouts
    For the seventh consecutive year, for reasons that are likely obvious to most Utahns, the 33rd largest state produced more Eagle Scouts than any other...
    Updated Mar 21 2016 11:03 am   |     |   Share
    The Utah Effect: Sleeping better than most, state can chalk it up to marriage, economy
    Utahns are pretty good at getting a healthy amount of shut-eye, and so are our neighbors in the Rocky Mountain states, according to a new federal stud...
    Updated Feb 25 2016 07:49 am   |     |   Share
    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Sushi Roll combination at Yellowtail Japanese Bistro, 321 Main St., Salt Lake City. The Utah Effect: How singles often mix a little religion with their sushi
    For a landlocked state, there are a whole lot of first dates at sushi joints in Utah. That is one of the odder findings in a big nationwide survey of ...
    Updated Feb 08 2016 12:06 pm   |     |   Share
    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Sandy Police investigate the scene where Candace Melo was shot and killed on Thursday, December 18, 2014. Utah Effect: Gunshots kill more Utahns than car crashes
    Statistically, Utahns are more likely to die from a bullet than a car crash — and the gap between the two causes of death has grown in recent years. T...
    Updated Jun 15 2016 12:38 pm   |     |   Share
    (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Stuart Wallin, owner of Get Some Guns and Ammo helps customer with advice on a handgun at the flagship store in Murray Friday Jan. 8.  Gun sales in Utah spiked in 2015, but didn’t top the highs in 2012 and 2013. Both spikes appear to be in reaction to terrorist attacks and calls for gun control by President Barack Obama. The Utah Effect: Gun sales soared in 2015, but didn’t break the state record
    A gun is a popular gift, as Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” can attest. But sales really take off when you combine that regular holiday shopping with...
    Updated Feb 17 2016 05:40 pm   |     |   Share
    Utah Effect: By one gauge Eagle Mountain among nation’s most conservative cities
    How important is money in politics? Arguably a bigger portion of a presidential candidate’s time is spent wooing donors than voters. Incumbents use it...
    Updated Dec 25 2015 07:00 am   |     |   Share
    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Everyone wants a selfie with Darth Vader. Like so many others, Mark Fordham of Provo became a Star Wars fan after seeing the first movie back in 1977. Soon after he created his first crude Darth Vader costume. Since those days he has become a regular charitable contributor to events as a member of the 501st Legion costuming club. The Utah Effect: ‘Star Wars’ fans, the Force is stronger in this state than any other
    Utahns, you once again have proved your pop culture might and in the process befuddled national reporters. Our friends at The Washington Post’s Wonkbl...
    Updated Dec 21 2015 09:35 am   |     |   Share
    (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune File Photo)    Antonio Cruz works on the bagging line at the Moroni Feed Turkey Plant. It’s hard work, but he manages to joke with other Latino workers.  It was a slower than usual day but you can’t tell here as the birds keep coming. About 60 perrcent of the employees are Latino. They typically work on the bagging line, one of the hardest jobs in the plant. Oct. 4, 2002. Utah Effect: Watch out, people, you’re outnumbered by turkeys
    Utah farmers produce enough turkeys in a year that every single person in the state — including all of the babies and vegetarians and others who just ...
    Updated Nov 24 2015 09:31 pm   |     |   Share
    Utah Effect: Why the state has faster Internet than most of the nation — especially Idaho
    Ever get frustrated by buffering video when trying to use your Netflix account? Has the Internet ever slowed to a crawl because your gamer kid is suck...
    Updated Nov 30 2015 12:02 pm   |     |   Share
    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Justin Watson, a mechanic at The Mechanic Man, examines a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban that was in for repairs, Thursday, September 17, 2015. The Utah Effect: Drivers are keeping their cars far longer than they used to
    So what if your car still has a tape deck, a retro paint job and a few scratches, as long as it gets you to the grocery store and back? That ethos app...
    Updated Sep 22 2015 03:00 am   |     |   Share
    The Utah Effect: McKinley lost a mountain, but he isn’t one of Utah’s snubbed presidents
    President William McKinley no longer has a mountain named after him but he’s still connected to dozens of creeks, parks, post offices and government b...
    Updated Sep 02 2015 11:11 am   |     |   Share
    The Utah Effect: The $%&* people tweet by state
    Well sh--, would you look at that, a linguist from England has created maps comparing the use of naughty words across the United States — and there ar...
    Updated Jul 30 2015 07:09 am   |     |   Share
    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Riders exit and board a UTA TRAX train at the Courthouse Station in Salt Lake City, Thursday, June 11, 2015. The Utah Effect: 25% of downtown Salt Lake travelers use mass transit, just 3.4% for metro area
    After investing more than $2.5 billion in recent years to expand FrontRunner, TRAX and the Sugar House Streetcar, guess how many Salt Lake City metro-...
    Updated Jul 07 2015 09:06 pm   |     |   Share
    How geography matters  Poor people and minorities are more likely to be obese, largely because bad food is cheaper than good food. That trend is apparent in Utah’s stats for 2012 and 2013. The Utah Effect: Better than most, but Utah still has a weight problem
    Utahns are healthy and trim when compared to the populations of just about every other state. But experts say there’s no way around it, the Beehive St...
    Updated Jul 07 2015 08:05 pm   |     |   Share
    The cost of water  Here is the average water bill for a family of four using 50 gallons of water per day. Totals include water, sewer and stormwater. The Utah Effect: Despite arid climate, Salt Lake City has among lowest water bills
    Bone-dry Utah is populated by residents who use a lot of water, and they don’t pay much for it – at least not compared to residents in the nation’s bi...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 03:41 pm   |     |   Share
    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Heather Diston holds a bouquet of silk flowers to get a feel for the size of what to order when she gets her real flowers for her wedding in July. Her grandmother Kathy Garamendi, who has been in the business of flowers for weddings for 30 years, has seen the market in Utah become very tough with frugal clients driving the cost down. The Utah Effect: Why weddings here are the cheapest in the nation
    If you close your eyes and imagine a Utah wedding, would the reception take place at a ski lodge or an ornate hotel ballroom? Would men in tuxes escor...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 10:49 pm   |     |   Share
    The Utah Effect: The Beehive State is the nation’s least Irish
    It should shock no one that Massachusetts has more Irish Americans than any other state in the Union — but you may not have known that Utah has the sm...
    Updated Mar 17 2015 01:05 pm   |     |   Share
    Alcohol poisoning deaths Age-adjusted rate of alcohol poisoning deaths by state — National Vital Statistics System, 2010-2012. Utah averaged 33 deaths per year. The Utah Effect: the alcohol-related stat that will surprise you
    Some statistics are easy to explain and describe the world you intuitively know. Here’s one: Utah has among the nation’s lowest levels of alcohol cons...
    Updated Jun 16 2017 07:28 pm   |     |   Share
    (Kim Raff  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah State University students walk to classes on campus in Logan on February 25, 2013. The Utah Effect: Why Utah, unlike most states, is majority male
    Utah and its neighboring states are among the last in the nation where men outnumber women. It’s an eyebrow-raising stat that has Utah men worried tha...
    Updated Jul 07 2015 05:27 pm   |     |   Share
    (Courtesy photo)   |   A traffic stop on Interstate 80  by a Park City police officer netted more than 50 pounds of marijuana in 2013. Will Utah courts face withdrawals if more drug crimes are misdemeanors?
    Thousands of cases were filed last month in Utah’s district courts. In more than a quarter of them, drug possession was the only felony a defendant fa...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 06:32 pm   |     |   Share
    Utah among top 10 states in overall well-being
    Utahns worry about their economic status and are not overjoyed with what they do each day, but that said, Utah still ranked among the top states in ov...
    Updated Feb 20 2015 11:06 am   |     |   Share
    Shh! Utah among America’s quietest states
    One of the big differences between the West and the rest of the nation is noise. Florida is loud. Michigan is loud. And the strip of big eastern citie...
    Updated Feb 18 2015 10:14 pm   |     |   Share
    The Utah Effect: Segregation among Salt Lake City’s poor
    The racial and ethnic split in Salt Lake City transcends the pay scale. A look at poverty data shows that poor white people predominantly live on the ...
    Updated Jul 07 2015 05:21 pm   |     |   Share
    Utah’s most common job: Was truck driver, now software developer
    The most common job in Utah was either truck driver or secretary from 1978 to 2012. And then the world changed. In 2014, Utah’s most common job became...
    Updated Feb 05 2015 03:29 pm   |     |   Share
    Utahns love corporations, but the media... not so much
    Compared to other states, Utahns think quite highly of corporations, but they have little faith in the media. Only the good people in Wisconsin and Mi...
    Updated Feb 05 2015 01:24 pm   |     |   Share
    Utah is the Western leader in child vaccinations
    No Western state has a higher vaccination rate than Utah, but still nearly one out of every four babies here has missed at least one immunization. In ...
    Updated Jan 30 2015 04:13 pm   |     |   Share
    Utahns are OK with divorce — and up for more marriages
    For years, it’s been reported that Utah has a higher-than-average divorce rate, but Census data also shows Utah’s men and women are among the least li...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 10:00 am   |     |   Share