10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Utah For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Utah have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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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.

Promise.

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:

  1. Lehi (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Saratoga Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Spanish Fork (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Payson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Pleasant Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Springville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Farmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Orem (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Kaysville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

Or, check out the best places to live in Utah and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Utah.

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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.

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1. Lehi

Lehi, UT

Source: Public domain

Population: 56,314
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 63.3%
More on Lehi: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

2. Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs, UT

Population: 24,088
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 70.7%
More on Saratoga Springs: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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, UT

Source: Public domain

Population: 37,565
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 58.4%
More on Spanish Fork: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

4. Payson

Payson, UT

Source: Public domain

Population: 19,480
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 56.1%
More on Payson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

5. Pleasant Grove

Pleasant Grove, UT

Population: 36,678
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 52.0%
More on Pleasant Grove: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

6. Springville

Springville, UT

Population: 31,796
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 54.7%
More on Springville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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’.

7. Farmington

Farmington, UT

Population: 21,983
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 51.3%
More on Farmington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

8. Orem

Orem, UT

Population: 93,220
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 43.9%
More on Orem: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

9. Kaysville

Kaysville, UT

Population: 29,799
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 50.5%
More on Kaysville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

10. Smithfield

Smithfield, UT

Population: 10,629
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 49.8%
More on Smithfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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:

  1. South Salt Lake
  2. Centerville
  3. Sandy

For more Utah reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Utah

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Lehi 56,314 59
2 Saratoga Springs 24,088 34
3 Spanish Fork 37,565 56
4 Payson 19,480 42
5 Pleasant Grove 36,678 33
6 Springville 31,796 40
7 Farmington 21,983 58
8 Orem 93,220 43
9 Kaysville 29,799 46
10 Smithfield 10,629 52
11 Logan 49,539 59
12 Syracuse 26,668 59
13 Provo 115,718 68
14 St. George 78,573 48
15 Lindon 10,686 41
16 Heber 13,655 38
17 West Jordan 110,928 59
18 Vernal 10,588 40
19 Clinton 21,210 41
20 Woods Cross 10,930 52
21 North Ogden 18,289 38
22 Ogden 84,900 65
23 North Salt Lake 18,753 40
24 South Jordan 62,751 42
25 Hurricane 15,106 38
26 Washington 23,141 48
27 Bountiful 43,428 47
28 Draper 46,399 34
29 Clearfield 30,483 54
30 Roy 37,853 37
31 Murray 48,834 54
32 Layton 72,413 36
33 South Ogden 16,893 59
34 Cottonwood Heights 34,274 54
35 Sandy 93,141 54
36 Centerville 16,727 39
37 South Salt Lake 24,575 40

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