OK dudes, if you've seen my previous posts about Minneapolis, you would know that my wife and I are contemplating leaving CA and are likely to move to the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. However, there's been a new development with my wife's work which would potentially allow us to move to Utah or Colorado. So, I'm looking for feedback on the Salt Lake City area as well as the Denver area. We're in our mid 30's and have two kids aged 2 and 4. We've been very excited about the MN move despite lots of cautionary comments from people. We have no experience of winter weather, but feel like we're willing to give the harsh MN climate a serious try. What really attracts us to Minneapolis are the following: Family oriented mid-west culture Big City that doesn't feel so much like a big city Lakes and nature The arts and culture Great public schools Mostly, I'm curious how Denver and Salt Lake measure up against Minneapolis in these ways. To be frank, I'm very excited about Salt Lake, but as a secular Californian, I worry about our ability fit in with the Mormon culture in Salt Lake. I have nothing against Mormons, in fact, I quite like them. However, we're looking for a place we can raise our kids and really put down roots and we don't want to feel like outsiders.