Mar 27, 2009, 12:41 PM
Post #986 of 2090
Yes, I sent her a loooong email detailing different reasons to be thrilled, but in answer to your question:
Yes, the LDS church is headquartered in Salt Lake City, however, the true Mormon stronghold is an hour south: Utah Valley. The Mormon majority in SLC has been in decline for years, and I think (though I'm having trouble finding statistics) that non-Mormons are now in the majority. In any case, when I meet someone new in SLC, I tend to assume that they're not Mormon, and I'm usually right. A lot of Mormons (including myself) tend to swing far left when they do leave "The Church" (as it's called here) so the liberals in SLC tend to be VERY liberal. And yes, a LOT of non-Mormons in SLC are actually ex-Mormons, which can admittedly get tiresome as well.
If you want to see Happy Valley, true Mormon country, head down past the point of the mountain (the imaginary barrier between the two worlds) and from the first billboard to the only bar (okay, maybe there are two) in Provo, you will be amazed by the insulated little world they've created for themselves.
The University of Utah has many roots in the LDS church, including several prophets who graduated there, but the school tends to be mildly anti-Mormon in my experience. Especially the English department. I can't tell you how many times I heard the tongue-in-cheek phrase "the dominant local culture" used with a wry smile.
If you check the breakdown by county, three countries voted for Obama in the 2008 elections: Salt Lake County, Summit County (Park City area), and Grand County (where Moab is). Basically, the metro area and the best recreational areas (thankfully) house non-Republican majorities.
People could argue that you can't escape the LDS Culture in SLC because it's just too omnipresent, and it's possible you will come up against some of its less pleasant aspects, but a non-Mormon can find a great many like-minded people, businesses, and activities in SLC.