Utah Wellbeing Project

This project gathers personal and community wellbeing perspectives across Utah cities to inform city leaders and their general planning process.

Utah communities are changing rapidly. Keeping a finger on the pulse of residents’ wellbeing and attitudes about community issues helps to promote sound planning and decision making to support the overall quality of life in Utah’s cities and towns. The Utah Wellbeing Survey tracks demographic characteristics for transparency on the representativeness of survey participants and varying insights within communities. The cities participating in 2021 are: Blanding, Bountiful, Cedar City, Delta, Draper, East Carbon, Ephraim, Helper, Herriman, Hurricane, Hyde Park, La Verkin, Layton, Lehi, Logan, Moab, Nephi, Nibley, North Logan, Price, Richfield, Sandy, Santaquin, Saratoga Springs, South Ogden, Spanish Fork, Tooele, Vernal, Vineyard, and Wellington. Prior participating cities that, as of now, are not participating in 2021 include: Eagle Mountain, Hyrum, Ogden, Park City, Salt Lake City, and South Jordan.

This project is based on partnerships with over 30 cities in Utah and the Utah League of Cities and Towns. Over 14,000 surveys have been collected to date. Reports are shared annually with city leaders and planners and can be found below on this website.

Participation is open to new cities for 2022. Survey information may help prioritize and justify city use of American Rescue Funds and targeting messaging for residents.

Listen to the Redrock Morning Show with discussion of Wellbeing Survey Findings from Blanding and Moab

Read about the Wellbeing Project on Cache Valley Daily.Com  and in the Utah State Magazine

Listen to the Cities Work podcast from the Utah League of Cities and Tows about the Wellbeing Project on SoundCloud

2021 Survey Information

The early 2021 surveys provided information on how COVID-19 has affected the wellbeing of Utahns and other local perspectives. The following cities participated in the 2021 Wellbeing Survey. Reports are available below (or will soon be available). 

2020 City Wellbeing Survey Reports

2019 Executive Summary Report

2019 City Wellbeing Survey Reports

To better understand individual and community wellbeing in Utah, Dr. Courtney Flint and her students conducted public-intercept iPad surveys in 16 cities in Summer 2019. Surveys were conducted at a combination of venues including: grocery stores, Wal-Mart stores, city offices, libraries, and public events. 

Wellbeing Project staff collect survey responses using iPads at a WalMart.

2019 County Wellbeing Survey Reports

Please see the reports here for information on 2019 survey findings from individuals in these nine Utah counties.

Contact

Dr. Courtney Flint

Community Resource Specialist
Professor of Natural Resource Sociology

courtney.flint@usu.edu
(435) 797-8635

Current Research Team Members:
Casey Trout, Rachel Sagers, Sarah Wilson
Jordan Hammon and Madison Fjeldsted.