Salt Lake City is the capital of the state of Utah. Statistically speaking, there are about 200 thousand inhabitants, however the entire city is a system of connected small town (or as Americans call it "township") such as West Walley City, Taylorsville, Murray, Milcreek etc., And all they are doing is actually Salt Lake City so that the population is 4-5 times higher. It has very good infrastructure and public transport, so you have at your disposal 4 tram lines and a train that connects Frontrunner also other small towns in the immediate vicinity (all between Ogden on the north side and Prova on the south). We lived about 10 minutes from the station and we went by tram to work, so that this summer there was no need for any bike.
What is specifically for Salt Lake City and the state of Utah in general is that it was founded by Mormon and the LDS Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) dominates all spheres of life, so that the urban ambient quite calm, poised, no disco and any night life (you have plenty of cafes and pubs, but in comparison with, say, Belgrade nightlife is practically non-existent in Salt Lake City). Mormons have a specific belief, and such. do not drink alcohol, coffee and cigars. Because there is a lack of shops with alcohol, a supermarket strongest beer that you can buy only contains 3.2% alcohol. Beyond that, Mormons are quite okay, pleasant and modern people with whom you will not have any problems, moreover, I gained the impression that anyone who wished to learn about them and the church, that they are happy and that often help people and to stay in America ie. Utah. If you engage in such a conversation, probably will invite you to attend Sunday Mass, and possibly give you the Book of Mormon (The Book of Mormon).
AIR-in SLC in summer is very hot from June to August temperature did not fall below 40 degrees, but the air is 100% dry, without moisture, so it is easy to handle and that it really is not. I think that for 4 months rain fell only once so who likes a warm climate and sunshine, SLC is a good destination.
Accommodation is cheap, and the SLC is well connected especially with the west coast (you can find for $ 50 tickets to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas is the hour of the year, or about 6 hours drive).
Other job opportunities are numerous, the city center was literally empty with a couple of other J1 students who have worked in hotels, so I could choose where I'll be working. I worked at Temple Square as a server / buser / expo at the restaurant and the Captain knew to get out and up to 25 $ / h on a good shift.