Best Salt Lake City Suburbs To Live For 2020

We analyzed over 43 places around Salt Lake City to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Salt Lake City suburbs.

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Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Salt Lake City are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of Salt Lake City? South Jordan ranks as the best suburb of Salt Lake City for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of South Jordan, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Salt Lake City 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Utah:

The 10 Best Salt Lake City Suburbs To Live For 2020

South Jordan, UT

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Population: 68,491
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $103,430
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
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South Jordan is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Salt Lake City area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome South Jordan."

Everyone here is rich; families average $103,430 a year, which is the 7th highest in the Salt Lake City region. And only 1.82% are out of work. Homes average more than $379,200 each.

Highland, UT

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Population: 18,362
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $133,768
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
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Highland is the second best 'burb we looked at near Salt Lake City for 2020.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 2.58% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Farmington, UT

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Population: 23,208
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $102,552
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
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Here in Farmington, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Salt Lake City metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Farmington.

Holladay, UT

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Population: 30,746
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $83,551
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
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Holladay ranks as the 4th best suburb of Salt Lake City for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Holladay and the schools are some of the best around.

Alpine, UT

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Population: 10,430
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Income: $121,667
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Alpine.

Alpine gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Salt Lake City area, where houses sell for an average of $541,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Midway, UT

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Population: 4,881
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $77,459
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
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Midway is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 2.04% which is 6th best in the area.

According to online reports, Midway is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Salt Lake City area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Bluffdale, UT

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Population: 12,114
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 10)
Median Income: $110,385
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Bluffdale.

Bluffdale schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 19.9 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Kaysville, UT

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Population: 30,961
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $94,001
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
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Kaysville is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 3.51% of people lack insurance, good for 7th in the area.

Syracuse, UT

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Population: 28,342
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $94,659
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Centerville, UT

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Population: 17,221
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Income: $90,496
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Centerville.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Salt Lake City for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Salt Lake City was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2014-2018 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Salt Lake City.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 45 suburbs to evaluate around Salt Lake City.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 45 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Salt Lake City." We're lookin' at you, South Jordan. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Salt Lake City 'Burbs of 2020

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Salt Lake City, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Salt Lake City Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 South Jordan, UT 68,491 $103,430
2 Highland, UT 18,362 $133,768
3 Farmington, UT 23,208 $102,552
4 Holladay, UT 30,746 $83,551
5 Alpine, UT 10,430 $121,667
6 Midway, UT 4,881 $77,459
7 Bluffdale, UT 12,114 $110,385
8 Kaysville, UT 30,961 $94,001
9 Syracuse, UT 28,342 $94,659
10 Centerville, UT 17,221 $90,496
11 Cottonwood Heights, UT 34,170 $87,256
12 Riverton, UT 42,680 $98,942
13 Herriman, UT 35,640 $98,945
14 Fruit Heights, UT 6,100 $105,648
15 Saratoga Springs, UT 27,347 $96,840
16 Draper, UT 47,402 $115,618
17 Cedar Hills, UT 10,252 $96,331
18 Lehi, UT 61,508 $89,428
19 Sandy, UT 95,420 $91,836
20 West Bountiful, UT 5,578 $99,444
21 South Weber, UT 7,159 $101,875
22 Morgan, UT 4,138 $78,690
23 West Point, UT 10,434 $91,330
24 Clinton, UT 21,618 $78,141
25 Bountiful, UT 43,792 $72,796
26 Park City, UT 8,296 $105,263
27 North Salt Lake, UT 20,020 $79,519
28 Lindon, UT 10,826 $85,671
29 South Ogden, UT 17,010 $65,939
30 Layton, UT 75,106 $74,888
31 Pleasant Grove, UT 38,066 $70,347
32 Woods Cross, UT 11,287 $77,152
33 American Fork, UT 29,384 $74,192
34 West Jordan, UT 113,089 $75,481
35 Murray, UT 49,118 $62,174
36 Roy, UT 38,238 $68,424
37 Clearfield, UT 31,016 $56,213
38 Washington Terrace, UT 9,138 $53,690
39 Taylorsville, UT 60,294 $63,028
40 Midvale, UT 32,893 $57,214
41 Sunset, UT 5,229 $59,476
42 West Valley City, UT 135,985 $63,200
43 Tooele, UT 33,805 $61,434
44 South Salt Lake, UT 24,860 $42,749
45 Riverdale, UT 8,727 $57,578

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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