These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Utah For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Utah.

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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 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.

Here are our top ten places in the Beehive State to retire for 2019:

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

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details or check out the best places to retire in America.

For Utah state reading:

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.

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.

Kaysville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 29,799
Rank Last Year: 79 (Up 78)
Median Rent: $760
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.

Bountiful, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 43,428
Rank Last Year: 50 (Up 48)
Median Rent: $917
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.

Farmington, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,983
Rank Last Year: 78 (Up 75)
Median Rent: $1,032
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.

St. George, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 78,573
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 16)
Median Rent: $924
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.

Woods Cross, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 10,930
Rank Last Year: 59 (Up 54)
Median Rent: $969
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
More on Woods Cross: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ogden, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 84,900
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Median Rent: $737
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.

South Ogden, UT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 16,893
Rank Last Year: 45 (Up 38)
Median Rent: $828
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.

Smithfield, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,629
Rank Last Year: 63 (Up 55)
Median Rent: $881
Distance to Closest Airport: 72 miles
More on Smithfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

North Salt Lake, UT

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 18,753
Rank Last Year: 41 (Up 32)
Median Rent: $996
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on North Salt Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Logan, UT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 49,539
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 12)
Median Rent: $668
Distance to Closest Airport: 66 miles
More on Logan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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:

  1. Lindon
  2. Washington
  3. Draper

For more Utah reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Utah

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Kaysville 29,799 $760
2 Bountiful 43,428 $917
3 Farmington 21,983 $1,032
4 St. George 78,573 $924
5 Woods Cross 10,930 $969
6 Ogden 84,900 $737
7 South Ogden 16,893 $828
8 Smithfield 10,629 $881
9 North Salt Lake 18,753 $996
10 Logan 49,539 $668
11 West Jordan 110,928 $1,109
12 North Ogden 18,289 $1,071
13 Vernal 10,588 $847
14 Roy 37,853 $937
15 South Salt Lake 24,575 $795
16 Centerville 16,727 $1,085
17 Pleasant Grove 36,678 $1,051
18 Layton 72,413 $886
19 Payson 19,480 $825
20 Cottonwood Heights 34,274 $1,098
21 Provo 115,718 $764
22 Clearfield 30,483 $934
23 Murray 48,834 $993
24 Springville 31,796 $933
25 Clinton 21,210 $1,258
26 Orem 93,220 $903
27 Lehi 56,314 $1,306
28 Sandy 93,141 $1,175
29 Spanish Fork 37,565 $1,003
30 Hurricane 15,106 $1,019
31 South Jordan 62,751 $1,399
32 Syracuse 26,668 $1,478
33 Saratoga Springs 24,088 $1,433
34 Heber 13,655 $1,165
35 Draper 46,399 $1,281
36 Washington 23,141 $1,114
37 Lindon 10,686 $1,040

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