Sooooo, I don't know if anyone has lived in or around Salt Lake City in the past. I can recall living here when I was a long-haired hippy child, but that was in the 90's. One of the Chaplains I worked with bought a house here in the mid-2000's, and his mortgage in this current day and age wouldn't get you half a duplex.
The Ragin' Mrs and I, and yes with house hunting in this market she is the RAGIN' MRS, have been trying to find a decent rental house. Now, keep in mind that I'm stationed in Salt Lake City. I cannot afford to live in Salt Lake City. So we are looking an hour away from my duty station, and we're still batting 0.000 right now. I think you could rent out a cardboard box on the sidewalk for at least $500, and have five applications by the second day it was on the market.
Good Lord. I cannot wait to retire, and then move to where I want to live. Of course, there's no guarantee that I can afford anything by that point.