Video: Utahns’ Community Quality of Life at Decade Low

Written by: Christopher Collard

Since 2011, the Utah Foundation has measured community quality of life five times. In 2022, the Community Quality of Life Index stands at 64 out of a possible 100 points, making this year the clear low mark. Learn more in our newest video.

Significant Statistics | Salt Lake Remains Second Highest Metro for Home Price Increases

Written by: Shawn Teigen

The Utah Foundation’s 2022 Quality of Life project shows that Utahns’ perception of community quality of life is in decline. Housing affordability and other costs of living accounted for nearly two-thirds of the overall decrease in community quality of life from 2018 to 2022 The Federal Reserve increased interest rates four times in five months (March, May, June and July) in part to slow inflation. That seems to be having an impact in the housing … Continued

Op-ed: Rising inflation and housing crisis — Where is the American dream?

Written by: Peter Reichard

High housing costs. Rapidly rising interest rates. Surging oil prices. Escalating inflation.  If you don’t already own a home or if rising grocery costs don’t fit your budget, you might be excused for feeling a sense of dread. The American dream is built on homeownership and the idea that you can earn more in real dollars than your parents. But the elevated housing costs and surging interest rates are suddenly putting the first part of … Continued

Significant Statistics | Can Carpenters Afford the Homes They Build?

Written by: Shawn Teigen

Having recently completed our “middle housing” project (see the project page here), the Utah Foundation continues to track Utah’s housing issues. A recent find is the Carpenter Index. AEI’s Housing Center created its Carpenter Index as a way of tracking housing affordability in the country’s 100 largest metro areas. The Index looks at the income for the average carpenter-headed household as a proxy for blue-collar Americans’ incomes. The gist of the question: Can carpenters afford … Continued

Video: The Missing Middle of the Housing Market

Written by: Christopher Collard

The Utah Foundation’s multi-part project on the “missing middle” of the housing market has been making waves among civic, business and policy leaders. Find out what middle housing is, why it matters and how to deploy it in this brief, engaging video.  

Op-ed: How communities can change the playbook to expand housing options

Written by: Peter Reichard

Scanning the older cities of Utah (or indeed any state) you encounter in the historic core a mix of lot sizes and uses. You might see small setbacks and often find single-family homes alongside small multi-family housing. Often, these areas appear designed for pedestrian commuting, shopping and recreation. As you move away from the historic core into the suburbs, the old patterns dissolve into a new one: All of the residential lots are larger and … Continued

Utah Thrives Podcast | Local Ground Rules and the Missing Middle

Written by: Peter Reichard

Expanding housing options in Utah will require expanding what our zoning allows. But what are the best ways of going about that? Answering that question is the topic of the latest installment in the new Utah Foundation study, Is the Middle Missing? A Guide to Expanding Options for Utah Homebuyers and Renters.   Utah Foundation Vice President Shawn Teigen and President Peter Reichard explore the findings of the report in this edition of Utah Thrives, the … Continued

Op-ed: Can Utah bring in new housing types without ruffling feathers?

Written by: Peter Reichard

Those struggling to get developments done often use the acronym NIMBY – not in my backyard – to describe opponents of their plans. While it may serve as a useful shorthand for neighborhood opposition to projects for the common good, in many cases it may also be unfair. Most Americans’ wealth is tied up in their home, a home that they often choose because of the quality of life the neighborhood offers. To routinely throw … Continued

Utah Thrives Podcast | The Evolution of Housing Development in Utah

Written by: Peter Reichard

Do New Development Trends Align with Utahns’ Preferences?   What kind of housing is being developed in Utah? Is it the kind Utahns want to see in their neighborhoods? And what are the implications for the so-called “missing middle” of the housing market? Utah foundation Vice President Shawn Teigen and President Peter Reichard explore the answers in this edition of Utah Thrives, the Utah Foundation podcast.    

Utah Thrives Podcast | Exploring One Answer to Housing Challenges

Written by: Peter Reichard

Is an important answer to Utah’s housing challenges missing from the equation? In this edition of Utah Thrives, Utah Foundation Vice President and Research Director Shawn Teigen joins President Peter Reichard in a discussion about the state’s startling housing affordability challenges. The conversation revolves around the new multi-part study, Is the Middle Missing? A Guide to Expanding Options for Utah Homebuyers and Renters. Teigen and Reichard discuss the findings of the first two installments, which … Continued