When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not 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.
Where exactly in Utah is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Kaysville as the best place to hang up your cleats.
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.
Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.
For Utah state reading:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Utah
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Utah
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Utah
- Best Places To Retire In America
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Beehive State for 2019
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 37 places from across the state.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Utah
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