These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Utah


We analyzed over 47 places in Utah to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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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 Sunset don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Beehive State to retire:

  1. Sunset
  2. South Ogden
  3. Clearfield
  4. Ephraim
  5. Roy
  6. Clinton
  7. Sunset
  8. Sunset
  9. Syracuse
  10. Centerville

Why did Sunset take the top spot? And where are Orem and Sandy? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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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 47 places from across the state.

For these 47, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 47, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Sunset, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. Sunset

Sunset, Utah

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,145
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,982
Sunset ranked 1 overall thanks to its 3 place rank for cost of living and 19 place safety rank.

2. South Ogden


Population 2014: 16,702
Cost Of Living: 96
Distance to Closest Airport: 26 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,903
South Ogden ranked 2 overall thanks to its 10 place rank for cost of living and 17 place safety rank.

3. Clearfield

Clearfield, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,361
Cost Of Living: 94
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,252
Clearfield ranked 3 overall thanks to its 7 place rank for cost of living and 28 place safety rank.

4. Ephraim

Ephraim, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,303
Cost Of Living: 100
Distance to Closest Airport: 100 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,142
Ephraim ranked 4 overall thanks to its 17 place rank for cost of living and 9 place safety rank.

5. Roy

Roy, Utah

Source: Flickr

Population: 37,472
Cost Of Living: 94
Distance to Closest Airport: 26 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,140
Roy ranked 5 overall thanks to its 7 place rank for cost of living and 24 place safety rank.

6. Clinton


Population 2014: 20,796
Cost Of Living: 100
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,149
Clinton ranked 6 overall thanks to its 17 place rank for cost of living and 10 place safety rank.

7. Sunset

Sunset, Utah

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,145
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 49 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,982
Sunset ranked 7 overall thanks to its 3 place rank for cost of living and 19 place safety rank.

8. Sunset

Sunset, Utah

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,145
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 53 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,982
Sunset ranked 8 overall thanks to its 3 place rank for cost of living and 19 place safety rank.

9. Syracuse

Syracuse, Utah

Source: Flickr

Population: 25,374
Cost Of Living: 111
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,064
Syracuse ranked 9 overall thanks to its 34 place rank for cost of living and 5 place safety rank.

10. Centerville

Centerville, Utah

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,104
Cost Of Living: 113
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,117
Centerville ranked 10 overall thanks to its 36 place rank for cost of living and 22 place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Utah goes to Sunset.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • West Bountiful
  • Nephi
  • Salem

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Utah

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Sunset 1 5,145 89 24 1,982
South Ogden 2 16,702 96 26 1,903
Clearfield 3 30,361 94 21 2,252
Ephraim 4 6,303 100 100 1,142
Roy 5 37,472 94 26 2,140
Clinton 6 20,796 100 24 1,149
Sunset 7 5,145 89 49 1,982
Sunset 8 5,145 89 53 1,982
Syracuse 9 25,374 111 21 1,064
Centerville 10 16,104 113 10 2,117
Pleasant Grove 11 34,858 110 31 737
Enoch 12 6,006 95 164 1,415
North Ogden 13 17,743 102 36 1,115
Price 14 8,585 90 102 5,125
Hurricane 15 14,338 99 123 1,548
Farmington 16 20,440 118 14 1,428
Ogden 17 83,767 87 30 4,881
St. George 18 75,469 102 111 2,143
Orem 19 90,485 106 36 2,201
Spanish Fork 20 36,337 104 50 1,359
Richfield 21 7,550 96 139 3,854
Smithfield 22 10,233 105 72 478
Cottonwood Heights 23 33,932 128 14 2,360
Vernal 24 9,882 105 129 4,624
Springville 25 30,649 103 47 2,120
Sandy 26 89,521 121 16 3,011
Grantsville 27 9,391 105 29 915
Lehi 28 51,982 116 26 1,440
South Jordan 29 56,528 123 15 2,508
Tooele 30 32,164 97 24 4,526
Saratoga Springs 31 21,061 117 30 925
Riverdale 32 8,532 97 26 5,707
Washington 33 20,999 105 117 2,514
Roosevelt 34 6,390 108 109 4,741
Bountiful 35 42,947 111 8 2,021
Moab 36 5,105 107 200 3,643
South Salt Lake 37 24,315 100 7 7,793
Payson 38 18,928 105 53 2,625
Bluffdale 39 8,319 141 21 1,622
Tremonton 40 7,833 94 65 3,293
North Salt Lake 41 17,465 109 5 2,542
Draper 42 44,656 141 21 2,510
Mapleton 43 8,545 121 50 1,088
Lindon 44 10,434 118 33 2,165
Salem 45 6,789 120 53 1,104
Nephi 46 5,442 98 75 3,307
West Bountiful 47 5,353 108 8 2,297

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