Commonwealth Policy Center

Something is happening in Utah that the rest of the nation is noticing. The state ranks first in both economic growth and well-being (which includes physical health, work environment, and happiness). Their success is attributed to strong family life. 55% of Utah adults are married, and 82% of the state’s children live in families with married couples. Again, both categories rank tops in the U.S. Utah’s economic and familial success isn’t coincidental. Stable and happy marriages and families contribute to economic and personal flourishing. Even among Salt Lake City’s poor, children are more likely to be raised by two parents than children in many other major U.S. cities. The numbers underscore the truth that pro-marriage and pro-family public policies aren’t divisive, but benefit all of us.