Climate & Geography
Residents of Syracuse typically experience distinct seasonal variation. Summers are hot and dry, while winters are cold and snowy with temperatures that occasionally dip below freezing. Syracuse receives more snowfall and sunny days throughout the year than the national average, and less-than-average amounts of rainfall.
The terrain surrounding Syracuse consists of farmland and the Great Salt Lake to the west, with urban neighborhoods and the Wasatch Mountain range to the east.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Antelope Island State Park offers trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and scenic views for active adults. Held annually in the summer, the Antelope by Moonlight Bike Ride offers residents a unique experience of a 24-mile group bike ride in the moonlight. Golfers of varying skill levels can enjoy Glen Eagle Golf Course, with fairways surrounded by rolling hills and scenic wetlands.
Syracuse City Museum and Cultural Center showcases the city’s history through personal belongings of the pioneers of Syracuse.
Salt Lake City is located just 30 minutes from Syracuse. In the state capital, active adults can relish in the city’s art and theater scene, visit one of the many museums, and take advantage of the thriving festival culture covering many different interests and experiences, including the famous Sundance Film Festival.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Syracuse is higher than the state and national average, with housing is the biggest factor for the cost of living difference. Other indexes, such as grocery, utilities, and transportation costs are below the national average.
While Social Security benefits are taxed and most other retirement income is taxed at 4.95 percent income tax, Utah provides a small retirement income tax credit for certain income-eligible retirees. There is a 7.25 percent sales tax in Syracuse.
Utah ranked No. 5 on Gallup’s Well-Being Index of states with the highest well being in 2019, and frequently ranks within the top 10.
There are three hospitals located within 10 miles of Syracuse. One of which, McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, is ranked No. 3 in the Salt Lake City metro area and No. 5 in Utah. U.S. News rates the hospital high performing in three procedures and conditions.