These Are The 10 Best Salt Lake City Suburbs For 2019

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 2019. This is our fourth 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…

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.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Salt Lake City for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs 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 (2013-2017) 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.

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.

South Jordan, UT

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Population: 65,523
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $99,856
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
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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 $99,856 a year, which is the 7th highest in the Salt Lake City region. And only 2.1% are out of work. Homes average more than $363,300 each.

Highland, UT

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Population: 17,952
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $128,938
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
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Highland is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Salt Lake City for 2019.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 2.9% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Farmington, UT

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Population: 22,616
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $97,168
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
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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: 30,793
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $81,409
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
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Holladay ranks as the 4th best suburb of Salt Lake City for 2019.

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.

Midway, UT

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Population: 4,683
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 10)
Median Income: $78,576
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Midway.

Midway gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the Salt Lake City area, where houses sell for an average of $409,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Kaysville, UT

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Population: 30,328
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $91,334
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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Kaysville 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 3.4% which is 18th best in the area.

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

Syracuse, UT

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Population: 27,444
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $90,778
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Syracuse.

Syracuse 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 24.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

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Population: 34,214
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $86,207
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
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Cottonwood Heights 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 5.8% of people lack insurance, good for 16th in the area.

Alpine, UT

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Population: 10,197
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Income: $112,727
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Alpine?’


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.

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Population: 10,266
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $97,039
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Cedar Hills.

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.

Welcome to the Best Salt Lake City ‘Burbs of 2019

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 65,523 $99,856
2 Highland 17,952 $128,938
3 Farmington 22,616 $97,168
4 Holladay 30,793 $81,409
5 Midway 4,683 $78,576
6 Kaysville 30,328 $91,334
7 Syracuse 27,444 $90,778
8 Cottonwood Heights 34,214 $86,207
9 Alpine 10,197 $112,727
10 Cedar Hills 10,266 $97,039
11 Fruit Heights 5,992 $104,984
12 Riverton 41,997 $92,154
13 Centerville 17,013 $84,436
14 Lehi 58,351 $85,794
15 Draper 47,043 $110,270
16 West Bountiful 5,504 $88,125
17 Bluffdale 10,869 $105,391
18 Sandy 94,556 $87,012
19 Saratoga Springs 25,671 $88,804
20 Herriman 31,970 $94,837
21 South Weber 6,921 $95,000
22 Morgan 4,058 $76,625
23 West Point 10,258 $81,750
24 Bountiful 43,568 $69,611
25 Clinton 21,353 $76,378
26 Park City 8,167 $104,182
27 Lindon 10,761 $81,789
28 Woods Cross 11,152 $76,843
29 Layton 73,963 $71,883
30 North Salt Lake 19,413 $77,011
31 South Ogden 16,918 $63,055
32 West Jordan 111,937 $72,083
33 Pleasant Grove 37,439 $66,881
34 Murray 49,038 $57,662
35 Roy 38,013 $66,333
36 American Fork 28,507 $70,926
37 Taylorsville 60,377 $59,968
38 Clearfield 30,683 $52,034
39 Midvale 32,249 $54,464
40 Washington Terrace 9,122 $53,070
41 Riverdale 8,685 $55,428
42 Tooele 33,236 $58,770
43 Sunset 5,207 $56,864
44 West Valley City 135,546 $59,954
45 South Salt Lake 24,722 $41,457

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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