Here’s an interesting piece by Richard Florida on what dollar stores say about a region. I was surprised to see that Utah had a relatively low concentration of dollar stores because, honestly, it seems like they’re everywhere. My guess is that even if Utah has a low concentration of stores overall, Provo might skew slightly higher.
Among the interesting findings, Florida points out that there’s a association between dollar stores and obesity, lack of college grads, and even crime. Yikes.
Florida (and the research he’s citing) is certainly being descriptive rather than prescriptive. But it’s nevertheless interesting and consequential for a community like Provo where there are several prominent dollar stores.