When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Utah.
But where exactly in Utah? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.
To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Utah that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.
What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Kaysville don’t mind us spreading the word.
Here are our top ten places in the Beehive State to retire for 2018:
- Kaysville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bountiful (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Farmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- St. George (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Woods Cross (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ogden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- South Ogden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Smithfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- North Salt Lake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Logan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Beehive State
To create our list of the best places in Utah to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Beehive State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.
This left us with 37 places from across the state.
For these 37, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 37, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Kaysville, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
Population: 29,799Median Rent: $760
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 976
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Shortly after Mormon pioneers arrived in 1847, the Kaysville area, originally known as ‘Kay’s Creek’, or Kay’s Ward, was settled by Hector Haight in 1850 as a farming community. He had been sent north to find feed for the stock and soon thereafter constructed a cabin and brought his family to settle the area. Farmington, Utah, also claims Hector Haight as its original settler. Two miles north of Haight’s original settlement, Samuel Holmes built a cabin in 1849 and was soon joined by other settlers from Salt Lake, namely Edward Phillips, John Green, and William Kay.
Population: 43,428Median Rent: $917
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,819
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Bountiful was settled on September 27, 1847, by Perrigrine Sessions and his family. It was Utah’s second settlement after Salt Lake City. It was known as both Sessions Settlement and North Canyon Ward before being named Bountiful in 1855. This city was so named both because of the city’s reputation as a garden place and because ‘Bountiful’ is the name of a city in the Book of Mormon (Alma 52:9). Most of the settlers, and also most of the present inhabitants, are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The Bountiful Utah Temple was dedicated in 1995 by the LDS Church. A tabernacle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is also located in Bountiful.
Population: 21,983Median Rent: $1,032
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,192
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The region that is now Farmington was settled in 1847 by the Haight family, a Mormon pioneer family, that established a farm and an inn. Five more pioneering families migrated to this region in the autumn of 1849.:20 The region developed into an undefined community originally called North Cottonwood Settlement.:21?22 In 1852, the territorial legislature picked North Cottonwood as the county seat and officially named it Farmington.:24 Following orders from Daniel H. Wells and Brigham Young, Farmington residents built a wall around the city in 1853 under the direction of Major Thomas S. Smith. This walled townsite became known as ‘the Fort’.:26?29 Early church meetings were held in a log school and then an adobe structure. The county courthouse was used for religious meetings from 1855 to 1863. The city’s ward moved back to the schoolhouse and the first meetinghouse was dedicated in January 1864.:33 By the early 1860s, the town of Farmington stretched for six miles between Centerville and Kaysville.:29
4. St. George
Population: 78,573Median Rent: $924
Distance to Closest Airport: 111 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,068
More on St. George: Homes For Sale | Data
Prior to the arrival of the first European settlers, the St. George area was inhabited by the Virgin River Anasazi and later by the Paiute tribe. The first Europeans in the area were part of the Dominguez?Escalante Expedition in 1776.
St. George was founded as a cotton mission in 1861 under the direction of Apostle Erastus Snow. It was called Dixie by Brigham Young, who was president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While early settlers cultivated cotton as a commodity crop, they did not succeed in producing it at competitive market rates; consequently, cotton farming was eventually abandoned. More important to the economy was tourism, which developed as the railroads began to carry visitors to the nearby Zion National Park.
5. Woods Cross
Population: 84,900Median Rent: $737
Distance to Closest Airport: 30 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,015
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Originally named Fort Buenaventura, the city of Ogden was the first permanent settlement by people of European descent in the region that is now Utah. It was established by the trapper Miles Goodyear in 1846 about a mile west of where downtown Ogden is currently located. In November 1847 all of the land now comprising Weber County together with some livestock and Fort Buenaventura was purchased by Captain James Brown for $3,000. The land was conveyed to Captain Brown in a Mexican Land Grant, this area being at that time a part of Mexico. The settlement was then called Brownsville, after Captain James Brown, but was later named Ogden for a brigade leader of the Hudson’s Bay Company, Peter Skene Ogden, who had trapped in the Weber Valley a generation earlier. There is some confusion in which ‘Ogden’ was the first to set foot in the Utah city. Peter’s older brother Samuel Ogden traveled though the western United States on an exploration trip in 1818. The site of the original Fort Buenaventura is now a Weber County park.
Ogden is the closest sizable city to the Golden Spike location at Promontory Summit, Utah, where the First Transcontinental Railroad was joined in 1869. Ogden was known as a major passenger railroad junction owing to its location along major east?west and north?south routes, prompting the local chamber of commerce to adopt the motto, ‘You can’t get anywhere without coming to Ogden.’ Railroad passengers traveling west to San Francisco from the eastern United States typically passed through Ogden (and not through the larger Salt Lake City to the south). Ogden, however, is no longer served by Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, and passengers desiring to travel from Ogden by rail must travel via FrontRunner commuter rail to Salt Lake City and Provo.
7. South Ogden
Population: 16,893Median Rent: $828
Distance to Closest Airport: 26 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,071
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The area was settled by members of the Mormon pioneers. Daniel Burch and his family arrived in Brownsville (Ogden) in 1848. Burch came from Kentucky with the Lorenzo Snow company of Utah pioneers. In 1850 the area was named Burch Creek in his honor. In 1852 the Weber Canal was built and Burch built a gristmill near its source in what is now Riverdale.
Population: 10,629Median Rent: $881
Distance to Closest Airport: 72 miles
Crime Per 100k: 404
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Originally known as ‘Summit Creek’, Smithfield was founded in 1857 by the brothers Robert and John Thornley along with their cousin Seth Langdon who were sent north from Salt Lake City by Brigham Young to found a settlement on Summit Creek. After a preliminary scouting, Robert returned with his new wife Annie Brighton. The first winter was spent in a wagon box. By the next summer, with more settlers arriving, a small fort was built on the edge of the creek, one cabin of which remains. As the settlement grew, a bishop was named and the town took his name. By 1917 the town had planted trees on both sides of its Main Street and had acquired a Carnegie library and a Rotary club. Dependent for many years on dairying, a Del Monte canning factory, and the sugar beet industry, the town is now essentially a bedroom community for Logan and its Utah State University.
9. North Salt Lake
Population: 49,539Median Rent: $668
Distance to Closest Airport: 66 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,804
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The town of Logan was founded in 1859 by settlers sent by Brigham Young to survey for the site of a fort near the banks of the Logan River. They named their new community ‘Logan’ for Ephraim Logan, an early fur trapper in the area. Logan was incorporated on January 17, 1866. Brigham Young College was founded here in 1878 (but later closed), and Utah State University ? then called the Agricultural College of Utah ? was founded in 1888.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Utah goes to Kaysville.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
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