UTAH — Moody’s Analytics chose two primary criteria to show which cities are best poised to recover after the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Wasatch Front fares well with both.
Utah’s metropolitan areas anchored by Salt Lake City and Provo both have educated populations, a strong job market for college graduates, and less density than most cities of similar sizes.
Moody’s says big cities where living in high-rises and sharing space on subways are necessities may look unappealing to the post-coronavirus workforce.
The only mega-cities that made Moody’s top ten list were Washington D.C. and San Jose, California.
Washington gets high marks because of building codes that cut down on high rise living and a young, educated workforce.
San Jose boasts a tech sector that draws educated workers to an area that’s not as dense as nearby cities like Oakland and San Francisco.