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Utah’s Exceptionalism

Heidi Deddens
Heidi Deddens is the managing editor of Comment magazine. She holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a focus on English Literature from Trinity Western University, where she was managing editor of the university's literary journal. Born and raised in Western Canada, she now lives in Ottawa.

Utah has the strongest economy among American states this year, the best record of containing COVID-19, and the lowest rates of inequality—not to mention high rates of volunteerism, of educational attainment, and of trust in institutions. What’s the secret?