These Are The 10 Best Salt Lake City Suburbs For 2018

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

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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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Salt Lake City for 2018:

  1. Highland (Photos | Homes)
  2. Farmington (Photos | Homes)
  3. South Jordan (Photos | Homes)
  4. Kaysville (Photos | Homes)
  5. Syracuse (Photos | Homes)
  6. Holladay (Photos | Homes)
  7. Riverton (Photos | Homes)
  8. Cedar Hills (Homes)
  9. Fruit Heights (Homes)
  10. Draper (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Highland, 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 2018

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 (2012-2016) 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 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 43 suburbs to evaluate around Salt Lake City.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 43 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, Highland.

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.

1. Highland

Highland, Utah

Population: 17,544
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Median Home Price: $461,500
Median Income: $122,666
More on Highland: Real Estate | Data

Highland is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Salt Lake City area. We’ll tell you the good about ‘Awesome Highland.’

Everyone here is rich; families average $122,666 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Salt Lake City region. And only 5.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $461,500 each.

2. Farmington

Farmington, Utah

Population: 21,983
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Median Home Price: $313,900
Median Income: $95,563
More on Farmington: Real Estate | Data

Farmington is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Salt Lake City for 2018.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 6.5% of residents lack insurance, good for 13th best.

3. South Jordan

South Jordan, Utah

Source: Public domain

Population: 62,751
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Median Home Price: $347,700
Median Income: $95,858
More on South Jordan: Real Estate | Data

Here in South Jordan, 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 South Jordan.

4. Kaysville

Kaysville, Utah

Population: 29,799
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Median Home Price: $281,500
Median Income: $87,975
More on Kaysville: Real Estate | Data

Kaysville ranks as the 4th best suburb of Salt Lake City for 2018.

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

5. Syracuse

Syracuse, Utah

Population: 26,668
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Median Home Price: $256,100
Median Income: $88,284
More on Syracuse: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Syracuse.

Syracuse gets kudos for having the 21st most expensive homes in the Salt Lake City area, where houses sell for an average of $256,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Holladay

Holladay, Utah

Population: 30,793
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Median Home Price: $355,300
Median Income: $77,753
More on Holladay: Real Estate | Data

Holladay 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 3.5% which is 12th best in the area.

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

7. Riverton

Riverton, Utah

Population: 41,521
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Median Home Price: $284,200
Median Income: $87,806
More on Riverton: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Riverton.

Riverton 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 17.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Cedar Hills

Population: 10,248
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Median Home Price: $320,000
Median Income: $88,735
More on Cedar Hills: Real Estate | Data

Cedar Hills 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 5.1% of people lack insurance, good for 5th in the area.

9. Fruit Heights

Population: 5,840
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Median Home Price: $346,400
Median Income: $106,128
More on Fruit Heights: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Fruit Heights?’


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.

10. Draper

Draper, Utah

Population: 46,399
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Median Home Price: $394,400
Median Income: $105,118
More on Draper: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Draper.

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 2018

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 Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Highland 17,544 5.0% $461,500 $122,666
2 Farmington 21,983 3.3% $313,900 $95,563
3 South Jordan 62,751 3.1% $347,700 $95,858
4 Kaysville 29,799 3.0% $281,500 $87,975
5 Syracuse 26,668 3.1% $256,100 $88,284
6 Holladay 30,793 3.5% $355,300 $77,753
7 Riverton 41,521 3.2% $284,200 $87,806
8 Cedar Hills 10,248 5.4% $320,000 $88,735
9 Fruit Heights 5,840 5.2% $346,400 $106,128
10 Draper 46,399 3.8% $394,400 $105,118
11 Centerville 16,727 2.4% $252,500 $80,729
12 Cottonwood Heights 34,274 4.2% $333,000 $82,008
13 Alpine 10,129 4.4% $454,000 $102,122
14 Midway 4,468 4.0% $399,800 $82,721
15 Sandy 93,141 3.7% $289,000 $83,527
16 West Bountiful 5,436 3.8% $245,600 $84,784
17 Lehi 56,314 3.2% $265,800 $81,013
18 Saratoga Springs 24,088 5.4% $267,800 $80,857
19 Morgan 3,951 1.9% $222,900 $72,596
20 South Weber 6,762 6.5% $273,600 $84,260
21 Clinton 21,210 3.6% $192,200 $74,043
22 West Point 10,112 2.1% $213,700 $75,269
23 Bountiful 43,428 3.2% $257,300 $65,716
24 Herriman 29,176 6.4% $304,500 $83,208
25 Woods Cross 10,930 2.9% $226,200 $78,750
26 Bluffdale 9,809 7.1% $395,400 $91,573
27 Lindon 10,686 3.7% $333,900 $84,417
28 Layton 72,413 3.8% $212,000 $68,507
29 Pleasant Grove 36,678 4.9% $234,200 $64,124
30 South Ogden 16,893 3.7% $172,300 $60,444
31 Roy 37,853 4.8% $157,400 $64,349
32 North Salt Lake 18,753 4.7% $241,100 $71,758
33 West Jordan 110,928 5.2% $228,600 $69,503
34 Murray 48,834 4.7% $236,200 $55,483
35 American Fork 28,127 5.5% $230,400 $69,493
36 Taylorsville 60,448 5.4% $192,800 $57,826
37 Clearfield 30,483 5.2% $157,800 $50,687
38 Riverdale 8,636 4.8% $170,300 $53,665
39 Midvale 31,659 5.4% $201,200 $52,521
40 Washington Terrace 9,150 6.9% $143,100 $47,384
41 Tooele 32,783 8.7% $159,700 $56,602
42 Sunset 5,176 8.9% $134,900 $50,266
43 South Salt Lake 24,575 5.5% $174,100 $39,198

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