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Salt Lake and Provo make list of cities best poised for recovery

Posted at 5:55 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 19:55:46-04

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.