Best Places To Raise A Family In Utah For 2020


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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for families in Utah.

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If you want the best schools, the best parks, the best food, and some pretty awesome family friendly activities, look no further than Utah's best places for families to call home. And, folks, it's your lucky day. HomeSnacks is here to give you the ultimate guide: we've broken down the best places to raise a family in Utah for 2020 and the top ten list is below.

How did we determine Utah's most family friendly places? We consulted the US Census on places in Utah with more than 10,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 37 family friendly Utah places. This is also our second time ranking Utah's most family friendly cities, so trust us when we say that any family would be lucky to call one these places home. That's right, if you've already started a family or you're thinking about taking the plunge, we're sure that you've wondered where your family should live to experience the best that life has to offer. We're also pretty sure that the Utah has crossed 98.9% of every family's mind as having the best of the best. Heck, you can have your family mountain biking in Moab one minute and later snowboarding in Park City all in the same weekend.

Utah also has great places for every type of family on every type of budget. There are places like Saratoga Springs for the family that loves spending time outside, places like Salt Lake City for families who like the city life, and places like Provo for families who can afford to live in the most expensive places in Utah.

So, want to see a list of Utah's best places for families? Read on.

Utah does have beautiful summers, but super snowy winters; so for many the burning question is: what is it about Utah that makes over 3.1 million people--750,000 families happy to call it home? We'll tell you, point blank, it has a lot to offer.

So what is the number one best place to raise a family in Utah? That would be, Farmington.

If you want to see how Utah's other amazing best places to raise a family faired, take a look at the list below. And if you don't see your favorite there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Utah and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Utah For 2020

Farmington, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,208
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 50.2%
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.

Lehi, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 61,508
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 61.9%
More on Lehi: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lehi 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.

Kaysville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 30,961
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 51.0%
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.

Logan, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 50,478
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 31.6%
More on Logan: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Logan is a city in Cache County, Utah, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 48,174, with an estimated population of 48,997 in 2014. Logan is the county seat of Cache County and the principal city of the Logan, UT-ID Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Cache County and Franklin County, Idaho. The Logan metropolitan area contained 125,442 people as of the 2010 census. In 2005 and 2007, Morgan Quitno declared the Logan metropolitan area the safest in the United States.

Payson, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 19,699
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 50.9%
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.

Spanish Fork, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 38,673
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 57.4%
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.

Grantsville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,566
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 57.1%
More on Grantsville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Grantsville is the second most populous city in Tooele County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 9,063 on the 2011 report of the American Community Survey, a branch of the U.S. Census Bureau. The city has grown slowly and steadily throughout most of its existence, but rapid increases in growth occurred during the 1970s and 1990s. Recent rapid growth has been attributed to the nearby Deseret Peak recreational center, the Miller Motorsports Park raceway and to the newly built Wal-Mart Distribution Center located just outside the city. It is quickly becoming a bedroom community for commuters into the Salt Lake valley.

Syracuse, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 28,342
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 54.8%
More on Syracuse: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Syracuse is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States, between the Great Salt Lake and Interstate 15, about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City. It is part of the Ogden-Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 24,331 at the 2010 census, an increase of 158.9% since the 2000 census. The city has seen rapid growth and development since the 1990s.

Syracuse was incorporated on September 3, 1935. The city was named by early settlers for Syracuse, New York, which was famed for its salt production in the 19th century.

Saratoga Springs, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,347
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 67.7%
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.

Springville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 32,603
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 55.6%
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".

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. You can download the data here.

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. Sandy
  3. Cottonwood Heights

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Where Are The Best Places For Families In Utah?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Farmington, UT 23,208 53
2 Lehi, UT 61,508 58
3 Kaysville, UT 30,961 61
4 Logan, UT 50,478 51
5 Payson, UT 19,699 41
6 Spanish Fork, UT 38,673 54
7 Grantsville, UT 10,566 34
8 Syracuse, UT 28,342 41
9 Saratoga Springs, UT 27,347 46
10 Springville, UT 32,603 51

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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