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Best Mid-Size Cities in the U.S.

Thinking about moving to a new city? Consider relocating to a mid-sized city! If you want to live somewhere with big-city amenities without the usual high cost of living or a massive population—check out the 12 best mid-size cities in the U.S.!

Boise, ID

Aerial View of Downtown Boise, ID with Lots of Trees. Photo by Instagram user @sotelo_media

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  • Population: 218,677
  • Home Price: $191,000 median purchase price; $834 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 41% of U.S. cities
  • Unemployment Rate: 4%

If you’re looking for one of the best places to live in the Pacific Northwest, you should move to Boise! This city has plenty of safe and affordable neighborhoods—with great neighborhoods for families as well as singles and young professionals—and boasts a plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities and a vibrant downtown. As a mid-size city, Boise is more affordable than larger Northwest cities like Seattle and Portland, but still offers residents major amenities like spacious homes, great schools, and mountain views. Nature lovers will enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with plenty of Boise hiking trails to explore, such as the Boise River Greenbelt, and quick access to slopes for skiing and snowboarding. Residents can find great jobs in the City of Trees with Micron Technology, Idaho Power, and St. Lukes Boise Medical Center.

Things to Do in Boise

Appreciate world-class art in Boise when you peruse rotating national exhibits, enroll your kids in art classes, and enjoy unique events at The Boise Art Museum. Ski across 2,600 acres of terrain or tube down an 800-foot hill at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area & Ski Resort. Support local vendors from mid-April to mid-December when you shop fresh produce or unique artwork at Capital City Public Market. Enjoy the Boise performing arts scene while attending the Idaho Shakespeare Festival or catching the Alive After 5 Summer Concert Series for a free outdoor concert at The Grove Plaza. Cheer on Boise State University at a Broncos football game. Savor the best brunch in Boise and build your own mimosa while you enjoy the Chef’s Benny or House Baked Jumbo Cinnamon Roll at Fork. Chow down on a Wylder Grain Bowl, My Italian Godmother, or Gem State of Mind pizza made with parmesan cream sauce at The Wylder. Expand your pallet when you try Boise’s Best Finger Steaks, Cajun Burger, and Westside’s Famous Idaho Ice Cream Potato at Westside Drive In. Munch on Pork Tacos, Cauliflower Wings, and the Smoked Trout Salad at Bittercreek Alehouse. Or treat yourself to unique cocktails like Bored in the House, Sanitize and Pray, and Into the Thick of It at the Cactus Bar.

Colorado Springs, CO

  • Population: 448,759
  • Home Price: $222,100 median purchase price; $958 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 10% of U.S. cities
  • Unemployment Rate: 5%

Looking for a home with a mountain view? Check out Colorado Springs. Olympic City is one of the best mid-size cities if you’re looking to own a home in the U.S. or if you’re searching for a dog-friendly city for your four-legged companions! This city is a premier location for singles and young professionals and outdoor enthusiasts, as it boasts incredible outdoor recreational opportunities and natural landmarks like the Garden of the Gods. The Springs is a great place to establish a career in key industries, with employers like veteran-owned aerospace company Delta Solutions & Strategies, electronics manufacturer Global Circuit Innovations, or leading business software developer Oracle. Some of the best places to work in Colorado Springs include Valdez International, V2X, and Colorado College.

Things to Do in Colorado Springs

Breathe in fresh mountain air when you go horseback riding, rock climbing, or take a Segway tour at Garden of the Gods. Stay active when you hike, bike, and paraglide at Red Rock Canyon. Bring the entire family to encounter a sloth or participate in an elephant painting session at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Cheer on the Colorado College Tigers as they compete to be the best in several sports like men’s hockey and women’s lacrosse, or spectate the Air Force Academy Falcons compete in Division 1 football. Make a trip out to Old Colorado City to support local vendors, taste wonderful food, and listen to live music at Territory Days. You might recognize some of the best Colorado Springs restaurants from the TV show Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, like Mountain Shadows Restaurant—where you can munch on a Giant Cinnamon Roll, Alamosa Omelet, or a Life is Good Pancake. Fill up on unique fusion tacos like the Fried Chicken Taco, Maui Fish Taco, and EL Macho Taco at Zocalo. Enjoy a Colorado Springs date night with dishes like the Seared USDA PRIME Filet Mignon, Fried Scallops, and Curry Chicken at Carlos’ Bistro. Or experience Colorado Springs’ nightlife underground and try upscale cocktails like The White Rabbit, Cheshire Sour, and The Alice at The Rabbit Hole.

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Des Moines, IA

  • Population: 212,859
  • Home Price: $119,800 median purchase price; $775 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 6% of U.S. cities
  • Unemployment Rate: 5%

Des Moines is one of the most affordable cities in the U.S. due to its housing and cost of living being 15% lower than the national average. And with a ton of kid-friendly activities, this city is among the best places to live in Iowa for families. Top schools like Drake University and Des Moines University also draw young adults to the area—as do job opportunities at Wells Fargo, HealthPartners UnityPoint Health, Principal, and within the city’s growing startup scene. It’s no surprise with all the incentives why Des Moines is also one of the best cities for young professionals! Residents enjoy going out on adventures to the Historic East Village—a hub for the local LGBTQ scene—which features over 100 unique local Des Moines boutiques and a variety of events for all ages. Additionally, this Midwest city has a booming arts scene, local breweries, and tons of festivals!

Things to Do in Des Moines

Stroll through the renovated railroad district filled with local boutiques, art galleries, craft stores, and more, at Historic Valley Junction. Grab seats to an Iowa Cubs (MiLB) baseball game or cheer on the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) at Buccaneer Arena. Picnic in the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park at Des Moines Art Center. See an Aldabra giant tortoise, Magellan penguin, or Red River hog at Blank Park Zoo. Brave the rickety wooden rollercoaster, Outlaw, or take a plunge on Draken Falls when you visit Adventureland Resort. Sample more than 60 mobile foods on a stick like Deep Fried Meatballs on a Stick or snack on a foot-long corndog at the Iowa State Fair while you enjoy a concert on the Grandstand. Watch national bands and regional talent perform at 80/35 Music Festival. Start your day off with hearty breakfast dishes like a Breakfast Taco, Meatloaf Hash Browns, or Cordon Bleu Omelet at Mullets. Experience one of the best Italian restaurants in Des Moines with meals like Handmade Cavatelli, Ricotta Gnocchi, or Centro Crab Cakes at urban eatery Centro. Order a charcuterie board, Royal Grilled Cheese, or Cast-Iron Mac & Cheese at Cheese Bar. Fill up on authentic Asian food in Des Moines with the Lotus Rice Plate, Drunken Noodles, and Pad Thai at Lucky Lotus. Or pick from the largest craft beer selection west of the Mississippi to pair with Bacon Tots, a Chicken Philly Sandwich, and The High Life Man Burger at El Bait Shop.

Grand Rapids, MI

  • Population: 193,887
  • Home Price: $113,600 median purchase price; $806 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 12% of U.S. cities
  • Unemployment Rate: 6%

Looking for a sustainable mid-size city? Located just beyond the Lake Michigan shoreline, Grand Rapids offers residents Midwest living that prioritizes reducing carbon emissions, protecting natural resources, and minimizing waste generation. Grand Rapids also offers safe, affordable neighborhoods with housing prices 31% below the national average—budget-friendly homes aren’t hard to find here. Grand Rapids is also known as Beer City with more than 40 craft breweries in the area, and has been recognized as the best beer city in the country! Grand Rapids residents can find their next career move at top employers like Gordon Food Service, Pine Rest, and Hart & Cooley. There are plenty of outdoor adventures, a bustling art scene, and much more in this Mitten State city!

Things to Do in Grand Rapids

Fish off the pier, swim near the sandy beach, or coast over dunes at Silver Lake State Park. Explore 158 acres of outdoor gardens, exotic and native plants, a waterfall, wetlands, wildlife, and a sculpture collection with nearly 300 pieces from Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Immerse yourself in local history and learn more about President Gerald R. Ford at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Cheer on local sports teams like the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL), West Michigan Whitecaps (MiLB), and Grand Rapids Drive (NBA G League). Putt 18 holes of miniature golf under black lights at Great Lakes Glow Golf. Start your day off with Blueberry Pancakes, a Strawberry Waffle, or the Northland Scramble at Real Food Cafe. Fill up on Icelandic Cod Fish & Chips, Clam Chowder Soup, and Fish Tacos at Fish Lads. Sink your teeth into a Torta, Carne Asada Fries, or Quinoa Salad at Tacos El Cunado. Or enjoy unique rotating ice cream flavors like Almond Toffee Crunch, Coconut Fudge Ripple, and Cashew Caramel from Love’s Ice Cream & Chocolate.

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Huntsville, AL

  • Population: 188,973
  • Home Price: $168,900 median purchase price; $750 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 27% of U.S. cities
  • Unemployment Rate: 5%

As one of the best places to live in the Southeast, consider a move to Huntsville! Known as Rocket City thanks to its contributions to the space program, Huntsville, Alabama is home to employers in key industries, like aerospace and information technology companies like SAIC, bioscience, defense, and advanced manufacturing. Some of the other top employers in the area include Huntsville Hospital, Torch Technologies, and more. This Alabama city offers a cost of living 12% lower than the national average, which makes it one of the most affordable cities in the U.S.! Huntsville claims several colleges for higher education such as HBCUs like Alabama A&M University and Oakwood University, as well as The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Residents will have plenty of opportunities to stay active with 65 parks covering over 3,000 acres.

Things to Do in Huntsville

Immerse yourself in the aerospace industry with interactive exhibits like a Flight Simulator Experience, delve into outer space in Dare to Explore: Frontiers of Space, and more at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. See the city of Huntsville like never before with The View, or hike beautiful trails and learn more about 19th century farm life at Burritt On The Mountain. Connect with a variety of plants and check out diverse ecosystems spread over 118 acres at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. Shop ’til you drop at local and national outlets, grab a bite to eat, and catch the latest Hollywood Blockbuster at Bridge Street Town Centre. Start your day off right with a Breakfast Burrito, Three Cheese Omelette, or the Very Berry Pancakes at Blue Plate Cafe. Fill up on German cuisine like Bratwurst, White Bean and Ham Soup, or a Liver and Onions Sandwich at Hildegard’s German Cuisine. Try out the Casa Nachos, Black Bean Soup, and Pork Tamales at Phil Sandoval’s Mexican Restaurante. Or taste a wonderful rotating menu with dishes like Southern Fried Green Tomatoes, Roasted Beet Salad, and 8 oz Black Angus Filet Mignon at Cotton Row.

Knoxville, TN

  • Population: 183,927
  • Home Price: $120,300 median purchase price; $766 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 4% of U.S. cities
  • Unemployment Rate:  5%

Situated along the Tennessee River—surrounded by the Cumberland Mountains and the Great Smoky MountainsKnoxville is a fantastic medium-sized city that offers big-city amenities with plenty of outdoor adventures. This Tennessee city offers safe and affordable neighborhoods, plenty of family-friendly activities, and a fun downtown area with a number of trendy dining spots and shopping. In fact, Knoxville’s population is relatively young, thanks to both the families who’ve planted roots and the growing number of students attending the University of Tennessee‘s Knoxville campus. Marble City consistently ranks among the top beer cities with its abundance of local Tennessee breweries. With nightlife options to explore and great neighborhoods for singles and young professionals to call home in Knoxville, residents can count on enjoying mild seasons, community diversity, SEC sporting events, unique festivals, and more!

Things to Do in Knoxville

Get a 360-degree view of Downtown Knoxville, the Tennessee River, Smoky Mountains, and the University of Tennessee by climbing to the Sunsphere observation deck at the World’s Fair Park. Explore the Market Square in Downtown Knoxville, where you’ll find foodie favorites, gift shops, and the three-floor Preservation Pub. See national touring acts like CATS, Wilco, and more at the Tennessee Theatre. Standing 30 feet tall and weighing 10 tons, visit the world’s largest basketball while learning about woman’s basketball at every level at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Enjoy a classic breakfast with a Pancake Platter, Griddle Biscuit, and French Toast at Nick & J’s Cafe. Sample savory crepes like Smoked Salmon, Roast Beef & Swiss Cheese, or Monte Cristo Ham at The French Market Creperie. Sample some Tennessee BBQ when you try the Brisket Plate, Pulled Chicken, and Chopped Pork at Sweet P’s. Or sneak into The Peter Kern Library speakeasy for a crafted cocktail like the Holly Golightly, Tish Rivers, or The Snow Queen.

Madison, WI

View of the Wisconsin State Capitol Building in Madison, WI Looking Across Lake Monona. Photo by Instagram user @aschultzphoto

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  • Population: 246,034
  • Home Price: $217,000 median purchase price; $959 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 27% of U.S. cities
  • Unemployment Rate: 3%

Sprawled around multiple lakes, Madison offers fun outdoor recreation, unique annual festivals, and famous Wisconsin cheese. Home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this college town has become a hub for engineering, business, computer science, and Big Ten sports. You’ll be able to enjoy a variety of craft beer at award-winning breweries in Madison like Alt Brew, Capital brewery, and Delta Beer Lab. Madison also has job opportunities in tech, healthcare, insurance, and energy fields with companies like Epic Systems, UW Health, and American Family Insurance. This mid-size Wisconsin city is one of the best places to live for families because of its low violent crime rates compared to the national average, short commutes, and more.

Things to Do in Madison

Go kayaking, paddle boarding, or boating on the five Madison lakes—Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, Lake Wingra, Lake Waubesa, and Lake Kegonsa. Cross-country ski across 22 miles of trails in the Madison Parks. Check out nationally-renowned art in Wisconsin through rotating exhibits and a collection of 1,600 paintings at the Chazen Museum of Art. Attend one of the annual festivals in Madison like The World’s Largest Brat Fest, Bacon & Brews Fest, and The Bloody Mary Festival. Meet the rooftop chickens and hold a baby chick at the Madison Children’s Museum. Satisfy your hunger cravings with a Chicken Stir-Fry Omelet, Banana Cinnamon Nut Pancakes, or Pork Chops and Eggs at Mickie’s Dairy Bar. Chow down on a Rueben Sandwich, Bacon Burger, and Baked Cod at Oakcrest Tavern. Fill up on Cheese Curds, Bacon Mac & Cheese, or a Door County Cherry Salad at The Old Fashioned. Prepare for fine dining when you eat dishes like Beef Tartare, Jerk Rabbit, or Quail at A Pig in a Fur Coat. Or fill your tummies with the DLUX Burger or Impossible Standard Burger, and treat yourself to a Red Velvet Shake at DLUX.

Omaha, NE

  • Population: 443,072
  • Home Price: $139,800 median purchase price; $819 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 10% of U.S. cities
  • Unemployment Rate: 4%

Thinking about a move to Omaha? The Gateway to the West is one of the best medium-sized cities to live in the Midwest! Despite its near-500,000 residents, Omaha maintains its Midwest charm and affordable cost of living, with job opportunities at top employers like Union Pacific, Omaha Public Power District, and Physicians Mutual—in addition to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway headquarters. This Nebraska city offers safe, affordable neighborhoods that appeal to singles and young professionals, families, and retired military personnel. Residents appreciate areas like The Old Market and Blackstone District—which is home to restaurants helping Omaha gain a national reputation for being a foodie destination again! To top it off, Omaha’s art scene offers a variety of resources and opportunities for artists and appreciators alike—including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Hot Shops Art Center, and Kaneko.

Things to Do in Omaha

Get up close and personal with award-winning animal exhibits like the Asian Highlands or Butterfly Pavilion, explore the world’s largest indoor desert at the Desert Dome, ride the Skyfari, and more at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Check out unique Old Market stores such as the Old Market Emporium and Hollywood Candy, where you can view a piano used by Lady Gaga! Cheer on several NCAA Division One sports teams like the Creighton Blue Jays or Omaha Mavericks. Catch live performances of Broadway shows like Disney’s FROZEN, Hairspray, and Mamma Mia! at the Orpheum Theatre. Try from-scratch vegan food in Omaha like the Cauliflower Buffalo Wings, Roasted Beet Hummus, and the Modern Cheeseburger at Modern Love. Fill up on fresh farm-to-table dishes like the Pulled Pork Roll, Block Burger, and the Duck Duck Goose Fries at Block 16. Satisfy your hunger cravings with Hama Toast, Osaka, and Machi Jam at Yoshitomo. Treat yourself to handmade ice cream flavors like Vanilla Bean, Dark Chocolate, and Salted Caramel at Coneflower Creamy.

Overland Park, KS

  • Population: 183,775
  • Home Price: $237,100 median purchase price; $1,040 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 44% of U.S. cities
  • Unemployment Rate: 3%

Want to live in Overland Park? This medium-sized city is one of the best suburbs in Kansas City—consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the Midwest as well as one of the best cities for families, which makes it a great place to call home. This Kansas City area boasts a robust art scene, a plethora of shopping destinations, and community events perfect for all ages! Golfers both young and old will enjoy the area’s various courses, such as Sykes/Lady Overland Park Golf Club, St. Andrews Golf Club, and the private Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate.

Things to Do in Overland Park

Toast champagne and take in some of the best views of Kansas City at Old World Balloonery. Explore local vendors, try out fresh produce, and find unique specialty items at the renowned Overland Park Farmers’ Market. Team up with three friends as you go through over 35 immersive, high-technology game rooms that will test your physical and mental skills at BRKTHROUGH. Shop at more than 180 national and local outlets at Oak Park Mall. Fill up on Eggs Benedict, Baklava, and Polenta at Cozy’s Cafe. Chow down on the Smoked Chicken Sandwich, Full Slab of Ribs, or Smoked Sausage at Brobecks Barbecue. Taste-test flavors from around the world with dishes like the Pork Chop Gra Pow, Green Chili Burger, and Grilled Citrus Salmon at Strang Hall. Or try out Jalapeno Cheese Curds, Southwest Eggs Rolls, and the Baja Wrap at Brew Lab.

Raleigh, NC

  • Population: 441,326
  • Home Price: $218,200 median purchase price; $966 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 29% of U.S. cities
  • Unemployment Rate: 4%

Planning a move to Raleigh? If you’re looking for one of the best places to live in the South, the City of Oaks is the mid-size city for you! Raleigh exudes Southern charm and boasts an affordable cost of living—matching the national average—and a low unemployment rate. Residents have a variety of opportunities to immerse themselves in nature at several local preserves like the Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve and the Durant Nature Preserve. This Southern mid-size city offers safe, affordable neighborhoods attractive to singles and young professionals as well as families. Residents can find jobs in Raleigh at top companies like TotalEnergies, Red Hat, and WakeMed. Those wanting to pursue a degree or career in higher education will rejoice at the plethora of local universities such as NC State University, William Peace University, and the first historically black college in the South, Shaw University.

Things to Do in Raleigh

Break out your skateboards and bikes to catch some major air at the BMX course at Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex. Bring the whole family to enjoy a variety of attractions at the North Carolina State Fair, hosted in Raleigh every year. Sing your heart out at karaoke and enjoy a drag show at LGBTQ-friendly nightclub, Flex. Laugh the night away with national touring comedic acts at Goodnights Comedy Club. Get your caffeine fix with a London Fog, Macchiato, or Hot Chocolate at Pine State Coffee. Taste authentic Lebanese food in Raleigh like Chicken Artichoke, Lebanese Curry, and an Eggplant Kabob at Sitti. Fill up at one of the best barbecue restaurants in Raleigh when you try out dishes like Chopped BBQ, Loaded Potato Skins, and The Pit Bacon Cheeseburger at The Pit. Or treat yourself to seasonal, made-from-scratch sweets like Red Velvet Cupcakes, Shortbread Cookies, and Cheesecake Bars at Edible Art Bakery & Dessert Cafe.

Rochester, MN

  • Population: 111,396
  • Home Price: $167,800 median purchase price; $847 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 41% of U.S. cities
  • Unemployment Rate: 3%

Rochester is home to the first Mayo Clinic, the world-renowned research hospital providing more than 40,000 jobs to Rochester residents, giving it the nickname of Med City. Other top employers like IBM, Rochester Public Schools, and Olmsted Medical Center contribute to the city’s low unemployment rate! While bigger metros like St. Paul and Minneapolis may be more popular, this mid-size Minnesota city has a lower price tag with similar amenities—including a thriving downtown, international airport, welcoming neighborhoods, and many local art galleries and shops. Plus, residents looking for outdoor activities in Minnesota will find over 100 parks and 85+ miles of biking trails in Rochester!

Things to Do in Rochester

Enjoy the Rochester, MN weather while hiking at Quarry Hill Nature Center or the Douglas State Trail. Bike, walk, or rollerblade around Silver Lake Park. Pack a picnic on the beach and play in the inflatable water park at Foster Arend Park. Snow tube down the hills or go on a scenic trail horseback ride at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch. Head to Peace Plaza Downtown to visit galleries like the Neon Green Studio, shop at 99 Giggles, or grab lunch at Saladworks. Attend the week-long Rochesterfest at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial with themed nights filled with fun, food, a button contest, and more! Race go-karts or pan for gold at Skyline Raceway. Eat authentic Vietnamese food like a Chicken Dumpling, Tom Yum Ramen Soup, and Pad Thai at Pho Chau. Get your pasta fix with Stuffed Shells Napoletana, Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca, or Fettuccine Alfredo at Victoria’s Ristorante & Wine Bar. Fill up on Duck Poppers, Mahi Mahi Tacos, and Olive You! Pizza at Wildwood Sports Bar & Grill. Or sample craft cocktails like the Sandy Bottom, Low Expectation, or The Problem Solver at Bitter & Pour.

Salt Lake City, UT

Downtown Salt Lake City, UT at Sunset. Photo by Instagram user @jonburkholz

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  • Population: 191,446
  • Home Price: $248,700 median purchase price; $844 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 2% of U.S. cities
  • Unemployment Rate: 4%

With its proximity to state and national parks, its reputation as one of the best cities for jobs, and its hip neighborhoods, Salt Lake City is one of the best mid-size cities to live in! SLC has great neighborhoods for young adults and is located near the University of Utah—other reasons why it’s one of the best cities for new graduates include its booming job market, low unemployment rate, high earning potential, and rapidly growing startup scene. Salt Lake City’s budding tech industry is poised to become a top tech destination, with major tech companies like Adobe, eBay, Microsoft, and Oracle taking root in the area.

Things to Do in Salt Lake City

Hike through the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and camp for the night under starry skies. Trek up to get beautiful Salt Lake City views at The Living Room or the Grandeur Peak East Trail. Don your team jersey and snag tickets to see the Utah Jazz (NBA) at Vivint Arena or Real Salt Lake (MLS) play at America First Field. Grab a blanket and enjoy a retro movie experience while catching summer blockbusters at the nearby Redwood Drive-In Theatre. Crawl through the Honey Climber or curl up in the Reading Nook at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. Swing by for a signature Hot Cider, Choco Chai, or Cold Brew at Alchemy Coffee. Fill up on a Sloppy Joe, Pastrami Ruben, or Corned Beef for lunch at Feldman’s Deli. Enjoy tantalizing fried dishes like the Fried Chicken Sando, Chicken Tenders, and the Crispy Tender Roll at Pretty Bird Hot Chicken. Try the best Mexican food in Salt Lake City by ordering Mole Verde, Top Sirloin Fajitas, or Gringas at family-run Red Iguana. Or kick back and relax with cocktails like a Bee’s Knees, Take Me Back, and the Beachfront at Purgatory.


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About Mike Beutler

Mike Beutler is a writer and digital content specialist who transitioned to self storage in 2020 after several years in the airline industry. His travels cultivated a passion for exploring cities across the U.S. and abroad and inspired him to learn more about practical insights for urban living. With 14 moves under his belt, both locally and cross-country, he also has a passion for minimalism and organization, and sharing tips to help others make any space feel like home while staying organized.