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Robles also said she thinks that Salt Lake City’s changing demographic structure are altering the study’s conclusion about the capital city.
"I’m not sure we are going to stay where we are in the ranking … So I’m more concerned about what’s coming versus what we are seeing right now," she said.
A magnet of opportunity
Utah’s capital is one of 15 cities The Daily Beast singled out last week as “aspirational” cities, where people can go to change their circumstances and improve their lives. Salt Lake City came in at No. 13.
Still, Perlich and Robles don’t discount the message behind the study. They said it’s important for local and state planners to figure out ways to maintain the older social factors that put Salt Lake City and Utah at the top of numerous lists of the best places to live and work.
"In order for us to continue to have that higher rating," Perlich said, "we need to continue to retool our institutions so that they are appropriate for this new reality, for these new populations, for this new global economy."
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