Why You Shouldn’t Use Uber and Lyft in Utah
Posted On August 5, 2021
If you’re a millennial, it may be time to reconsider taking a trip to Utah.
According to a new report from the Utah Travel Research Center (UTRC), a nonprofit group that works to promote travel in the state, Utah’s transportation system is one of the worst for millennials.
The study analyzed data from the state’s public transportation agencies to identify the worst cities in Utah for millennials and found that the state ranks just 30th out of the 50 states for how millennials fare.
The report also revealed that millennials in Utah tend to use their smartphones more than other people.
According the study, the majority of millennials (56 percent) who travel by public transportation in Utah are between 18 and 24 years old.
A whopping 68 percent of Utah millennials say they have used their smartphone while traveling, compared to 20 percent of millennials in the country as a whole.
The report found that millennials tend to stay longer in Utah compared to the national average of 15.9 days.
Only 8.4 percent of young adults in Utah stay within 30 miles of their parents home in the first six months of their adulthood.
Utah ranks 37th for millennials staying within 25 miles of home.
In addition to the aforementioned high rate of millennials staying longer in the region, Utah also has a higher rate of traffic fatalities and accidents, the report found.
Utah has one of Utah’s highest road fatalities per capita, which is the highest in the nation.
In 2017, the Utah State Patrol reported that nearly 1,500 drivers died in crashes in the State of Utah.
The number of fatal traffic crashes per 100,000 residents in Utah is also higher than the national rate of 1.4.
The UTRC found that Utah also leads the nation in overall traffic fatalities with 12,624 deaths in 2017, while Utah’s overall accident rate is the second highest in Utah.
In comparison, Utah ranked 30th for vehicle collisions, with just 1,092 fatalities.
In 2017, there were more than 2,700 fatalities in Utah, and 6,500 in traffic accidents.
The UTRC also found that more than 70 percent of all accidents in Utah happen on rural roads.
While the average person lives for just over 15 years in Utah according to the report, millennials tend not to live that long and are more likely to live in cities and towns.
Utah has the fifth highest rate of teen pregnancies among the 50 States.
In 2016, the rate was 1.3 per 1,000 teens ages 15 to 17, which ranks 19th overall.
Utah also ranks 27th in teen births and 40th in child deaths.