Well-being of Utahns has declined, study from Utah Foundation says

September 13, 2022 (KSL News Radio)

A report released Tuesday by the Utah Foundation says the well-being of Utahns has dropped in 2022.

Personal quality of life is the focus of the report. It’s based on a survey in which residents of the state rate their well-being on a series of seven factors.

In the report, the Utah Foundation examines 2022 data and compares it to a similar survey in 2018. Additionally, the foundation also analyzes responses by population group. It also compares an individual’s personal quality of life with that of their quality of life in their community.

Furthermore, the report also suggests possible ways that lawmakers could improve the quality of life for all residents of the state.

The findings of the report include the following:

  • Personal quality of life in the state has index score of 76. That is a decline of six points from 2018 when the index score was 82.
  • From 2018 to 2022, all seven of the factors on the Personal Quality of Life Index decreased.
  • Being financially secure is the worst performing measure among the personal quality of life questions. Of the seven questions, however, it declined the least.
  • Those with a higher income indicated a higher rating on all seven factors. Those individuals also show a much greater overall personal quality of life.
  • State residents with more education indicated a higher rating on six of the seven factors.

“Given recent inflation, we figured that we’d see the financial factor decline in performance,” said Shawn Teigen, vice president of the Utah Foundation in a news release. “But we were surprised to see all of the other six factors with an even greater decline in performance.”

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