10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Utah For 2019


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

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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.

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

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 39 cities.

Read on to see why Smithfield is where all the families are headed, while South Salt Lake is probably a place made for singles.

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Utah For 2019

Smithfield, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,832
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 47.9%
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.

Farmington, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 22,616
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 47.3%
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.

Logan, UT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 49,957
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 30.9%
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.

Kaysville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 30,328
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 36
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 48.9%
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.

Lehi, UT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 58,351
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 60.4%
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.

Saratoga Springs, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 25,671
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 66.6%
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.

Payson, UT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 19,647
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 49.9%
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

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 38,171
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 53.5%
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.

Springville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 32,319
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 49.8%
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”.

Grantsville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,170
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 51.5%
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.

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. Cottonwood Heights
  3. Sandy

For more Utah reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Utah

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Smithfield, UT 10,832 55
2 Farmington, UT 22,616 64
3 Logan, UT 49,957 68
4 Kaysville, UT 30,328 36
5 Lehi, UT 58,351 36
6 Saratoga Springs, UT 25,671 59
7 Payson, UT 19,647 58
8 Spanish Fork, UT 38,171 59
9 Springville, UT 32,319 57
10 Grantsville, UT 10,170 54
11 Syracuse, UT 27,444 60
12 Pleasant Grove, UT 37,439 56
13 Vernal, UT 10,650 45
14 North Ogden, UT 18,525 41
15 Ogden, UT 85,497 60
16 Orem, UT 94,420 61
17 Clinton, UT 21,353 55
18 Provo, UT 116,199 54
19 West Jordan, UT 111,937 80
20 Roy, UT 38,013 38
21 Bluffdale, UT 10,869 34
22 Heber, UT 14,414 48
23 Hurricane, UT 15,676 39
24 Washington, UT 24,231 59
25 Tooele, UT 33,236 62
26 Woods Cross, UT 11,152 45
27 Clearfield, UT 30,683 38
28 North Salt Lake, UT 19,413 55
29 Centerville, UT 17,013 47
30 South Ogden, UT 16,918 49
31 South Jordan, UT 65,523 44
32 Bountiful, UT 43,568 35
33 Layton, UT 73,963 59
34 Lindon, UT 10,761 59
35 Draper, UT 47,043 39
36 Murray, UT 49,038 38
37 Sandy, UT 94,556 42
38 Cottonwood Heights, UT 34,214 45
39 South Salt Lake, UT 24,722 50

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