Best Places To Retire In Utah For 2020


We analyzed over 37 places in Utah to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in Utah.

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Hey Utahns, if it's time to hang up your hat and start purchasing Colonial Penn, then HomeSnacks's list of the top ten places to retire in Utah for 2020 is meant for you.

However, before we divulge The Beehive State's best of the best places to retire, we need to tell you how we calculated our list. First, we looked at 38 Utah cities with at least 10,000 residents. To narrow down our list even further, we looked at the things that most retirees would consider "non-negotiables." And those are: affordable housing and/or rent, how close a place is to an international airport, and amenities that promote rest and relaxation...you are, afterall, retired.

That's right, so after you take a stroll through our list below, get out there and enjoy the great things that Utah has to offer to its 65 and older crowd. Like, world class skiing in Park City, a Denny's on every corner in Salt Lake City, and great places to sip wine, relax, and take in Utah's famous sunsets in Logan.

But what you shouldn't do is wait one more second to 'pull the chute' on a move to one of Utah's best places to retire: the state is currently one of the fastest growing state in the country, and it's not showing any signs of slowing down.

So, want to know where you can expect to find safe, reliable, fun places to retire in Utah? Keep reading.

Why did Kaysville take the top spot? And where are Provo and West Jordan?

And, folks, since we shouldn't trust just anyone or any place to keep the country's retirees entertained, healthy, and safe, we're happy to report that Utah is one of the safest states in the country. More importantly, the number one best place to retire in Utah has not only conquered Utah's safety game, it scored a perfect 10/10 on our SnackAbility scale.

So, where's the best place to retire in Utah for 2020? Well, according to the latest data, that would be Kaysville.

To see a list of the other places that made this Utah list, take a look below. And since you're retired, take an extra second to look at Utah's most dangerous places so you don't accidentally get yourself in a pickle.

For more Utah state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Utah For 2020

Kaysville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 30,961
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $905
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
More on Kaysville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Farmington, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,208
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,147
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
More on Farmington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Bountiful, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 43,792
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,029
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
More on Bountiful: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bountiful is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 42,552, a three percent increase over the 2000 figure of 41,301. The city grew rapidly during the suburb growth of the late 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s and was Davis County's largest city until 1985 when it was surpassed by Layton. Bountiful is Utah's 15th largest city.

Grantsville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,566
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $857
Distance to Closest Airport: 29 miles
More on Grantsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Ogden, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 86,126
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Rent: $777
Distance to Closest Airport: 30 miles
More on Ogden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ogden is a city and the county seat of Weber County, Utah, United States, approximately 10 miles east of the Great Salt Lake and 40 miles north of Salt Lake City. The population was 84,316 in 2014, according to the US Census Bureau, making it Utah's 7th largest city. The city served as a major railway hub through much of its history, and still handles a great deal of freight rail traffic which makes it a convenient location for manufacturing and commerce. Ogden is also known for its many historic buildings, proximity to the Wasatch Mountains, and as the location of Weber State University.

St. George, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 82,194
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $971
Distance to Closest Airport: 111 miles
More on St. George: Real Estate | Data | Photos

St. George is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Utah, United States. Located in the southwestern part of the state on the Arizona border, near the tri-state junction of Utah, Arizona and Nevada, it is the principal city of the St. George Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city lies in the northeastern-most part of the Mojave Desert adjacent to the Pine Valley Mountains near the convergence of three distinct geological areas: the Mojave Desert, Colorado Plateau, and Great Basin. The city is 118 miles northeast of Las Vegas and 300 miles south-southwest of Salt Lake City on Interstate 15. The city is named after George A. Smith, a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Apostle.

West Jordan, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 113,089
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $1,191
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
More on West Jordan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Jordan is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. West Jordan is a rapidly growing suburb of Salt Lake City and has a mixed economy. According to the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 103,712, placing it as the fourth most populous in the state. The city occupies the southwest end of the Salt Lake Valley at an elevation of 4,330 feet. Named after the nearby Jordan River, the limits of the city begin on the river's western bank and end in the eastern foothills of the Oquirrh Mountains, where Kennecott Copper Mine, the world's largest man-made excavation is located.

Roy, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 38,238
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Rent: $968
Distance to Closest Airport: 26 miles
More on Roy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tooele, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 33,805
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Rent: $930
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
More on Tooele: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tooele too-EL-) is a city in Tooele County in the U.S. state of Utah. The population was 22,502 at the 2000 census, and 32,115 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Tooele County. About 30 minutes southwest of Salt Lake City, Tooele is known for Tooele Army Depot, for its views of the nearby Oquirrh Mountains and the Great Salt Lake.

South Ogden, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,010
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $908
Distance to Closest Airport: 26 miles
More on South Ogden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Ogden is a city in Weber County, Utah, United States. The population was 14,377 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Ogden-Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Beehive State for 2020

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 -- 322 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 38 places from across the state.

For these 38, 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 38, 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. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Utah 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:

  1. Heber
  2. Washington
  3. Bluffdale

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Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Utah?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Kaysville 30,961 $905
2 Farmington 23,208 $1,147
3 Bountiful 43,792 $1,029
4 Grantsville 10,566 $857
5 Ogden 86,126 $777
6 St. George 82,194 $971
7 West Jordan 113,089 $1,191
8 Roy 38,238 $968
9 Tooele 33,805 $930
10 South Ogden 17,010 $908

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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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