These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Utah For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Utah have the most for people looking to make the move to Utah.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Utah a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Utah.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Beehive State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Utah, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 19 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Beehive State for 2018:

  1. Davis County (Photos)
  2. Wasatch County (Photos)
  3. Utah County (Photos)
  4. Cache County (Photos)
  5. Box Elder County (Photos)
  6. Tooele County (Photos)
  7. Juab County (Photos)
  8. Kane County (Photos)
  9. Salt Lake County (Photos)
  10. Uintah County (Photos)

Davis County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Utah. And you might want to avoid San Juan County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Utah, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Utah and the best places to raise a family in Utah.

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How do you determine which Utah county is the best?

To give you the best county in Utah, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Utah across each of the criteria from one to 19, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Utah’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Beehive State.

Read on to see why Davis County is the best county, while San Juan County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Utah.

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1. Davis County

Bountiful, UT

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Layton
Population: 329,292
Median Income: $72,661 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $234,300 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (1st best)
More on Davis County: PhotosData

2. Wasatch County

Midway, UT

Biggest Place: Heber
Population: 27,895
Median Income: $71,337 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $336,100 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (1st best)
More on Wasatch County: PhotosData

3. Utah County

Alpine, UT

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Biggest Place: Provo
Population: 564,177
Median Income: $64,321 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $239,300 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (5th best)
More on Utah County: PhotosData

4. Cache County

Hyrum, UT

Biggest Place: Logan
Population: 118,824
Median Income: $51,935 (12th best)
Median Home Price: $197,700 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (4th best)
More on Cache County: PhotosData

5. Box Elder County

Brigham City, UT

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Brigham City
Population: 51,528
Median Income: $55,514 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $169,200 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (11th best)
More on Box Elder County: PhotosData

6. Tooele County

Grantsville, UT

Biggest Place: Tooele
Population: 61,986
Median Income: $64,149 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $182,300 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.0% (14th best)
More on Tooele County: PhotosData

7. Juab County

Nephi, UT

Biggest Place: Santaquin
Population: 10,507
Median Income: $54,861 (10th best)
Median Home Price: $169,900 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (3rd best)
More on Juab County: PhotosData

8. Kane County

Kanab, UT

Biggest Place: Kanab
Population: 7,216
Median Income: $50,517 (13th best)
Median Home Price: $187,300 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (13th best)
More on Kane County: PhotosData

9. Salt Lake County

Bluffdale, UT

Biggest Place: Salt Lake City
Population: 1,092,518
Median Income: $64,601 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $243,700 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (6th best)
More on Salt Lake County: PhotosData

10. Uintah County

Vernal, UT

Biggest Place: Vernal
Population: 36,308
Median Income: $67,943 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $190,900 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (9th best)
More on Uintah County: PhotosData

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Utah To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Utah can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Utah according to the data:

  1. San Juan County
  2. Carbon County
  3. Iron County

For more Utah reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Utah

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Davis County 1 329,292 $72,661 $234,300
Wasatch County 2 27,895 $71,337 $336,100
Utah County 3 564,177 $64,321 $239,300
Cache County 4 118,824 $51,935 $197,700
Box Elder County 5 51,528 $55,514 $169,200
Tooele County 6 61,986 $64,149 $182,300
Juab County 7 10,507 $54,861 $169,900
Kane County 8 7,216 $50,517 $187,300
Salt Lake County 9 1,092,518 $64,601 $243,700
Uintah County 10 36,308 $67,943 $190,900
Weber County 11 241,328 $59,660 $171,200
Sevier County 12 20,913 $48,872 $149,200
Sanpete County 13 28,551 $48,866 $164,700
Duchesne County 14 20,078 $61,244 $174,900
Washington County 15 151,959 $52,865 $221,700
Grand County 16 9,428 $43,529 $223,900
Iron County 17 47,751 $43,799 $172,100
Carbon County 18 20,733 $47,793 $126,800
San Juan County 19 15,540 $41,108 $137,600

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