If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.
Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.
According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?
Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.
So, where are the best cities for families in Utah? We’ve got the answers here.
These are the best cities to raise a family in the Beehive State:
- Lehi (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Saratoga Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Spanish Fork (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Payson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Pleasant Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Springville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Farmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Orem (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kaysville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Smithfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you’re thinking of making a move to Utah, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.
Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
How do you determine which place is best for families in Utah anyways?
To give you the places in Utah which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.
So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.
How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Beehive State
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Utah, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:
- Crime (Both violent and property)
- Quality of local schools
- Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
- % of households with children
- Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)
We then gave each city a Family Score.
The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Utah, that meant a total of 37 cities.
Read on to see why Lehi is where all the families are headed, while South Salt Lake is probably a place made for singles.
Lehi (/liha/ LEE-hy) is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. It is named after Lehi, a prophet in the Book of Mormon. The population was 47,407 at the 2010 census, up from 19,028 in 2000. The center of population of Utah is located in Lehi.
Saratoga Springs is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. The elevation is 4,505 feet. It is part of the Provo?Orem, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is a relatively new development along the northwestern shores of Utah Lake. It was incorporated on December 31, 1997 and has been growing rapidly since then. The population was 1,003 at the 2000 census, while the 2009 estimates placed it at 16,125, making it one of the fastest-growing US cities during this time period. The 2010 census states population at 17,781, meeting expectations of growth despite the state of the economy. Saratoga Springs became a city in 2001.
3. Spanish Fork
Spanish Fork is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Provo?Orem Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 36,956 as of the 2013 census.
Payson is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Provo?Orem Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 18,294 at the 2010 census. The current mayor is Rick Moore, who in the 2009 election was the first write-in candidate to defeat an incumbent mayor in the state of Utah.
Pleasant Grove, originally named Battle Creek, is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States known as ‘Utah’s City of Trees’. It is part of the Provo?Orem Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 33,509 at the 2010 census.
Springville is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States that is part of the Provo-Orem Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 31,464 in 2014, according to the United States Census. Springville is a bedroom community for commuters who work in the Springville, Provo-Orem and Salt Lake City metropolitan areas. Other neighboring cities include Spanish Fork and Mapleton. Springville has the nickname of ‘Art City’ or ‘Hobble Creek’.
Farmington is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Ogden?Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 18,275 at the 2010 census and was estimated at 22,159 in 2014. It is the county seat of Davis County. Lagoon Amusement Park is located in Farmington.
Kaysville is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Ogden?Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 27,300 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 29,494 in 2014.
Smithfield is a city in Cache County, Utah, United States. The population was 9,495 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 11,014 in 2014. It is included in the Logan, Utah-Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is the second largest city in the area after Logan, the county seat. Smithfield is home to Sky View High School, where students from all of northern Cache County come to study.
There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Utah
If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Utah ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.
Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Utah according to the data:
- South Salt Lake
For more Utah reading, check out:
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Utah
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Utah
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Utah
Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Utah
|23||North Salt Lake||18,753|
|37||South Salt Lake||24,575|