These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Utah For 2018


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Utah are the best of the best..

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Utah, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Beehive State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Utah based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Utah ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Utah for 2018:

  1. Hyde Park (Homes For Sale)
  2. Vineyard (Homes For Sale)
  3. Mendon (Homes For Sale)
  4. River Heights (Homes For Sale)
  5. Mountain Green (Homes For Sale)
  6. Millville (Homes For Sale)
  7. Midway (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Silver Summit (Homes For Sale)
  9. Morgan (Homes For Sale)
  10. Emigration Canyon (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Hyde Park, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

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How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Utah

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 71 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 71, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Utah. Top of that list — Hyde Park.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Utah.

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1. Hyde Park


Population: 4,277
Median Income: $74,931 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $232,200 (22nd Best)
More on Hyde Park: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Vineyard


Population: 1,673
Median Income: $91,473 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $395,500 (6th Best)
More on Vineyard: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Mendon


Population: 1,183
Median Income: $81,250 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $248,100 (18th Best)
More on Mendon: Data| Homes For Sale

4. River Heights


Population: 2,059
Median Income: $67,292 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $223,300 (25th Best)
More on River Heights: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Mountain Green


Population: 3,113
Median Income: $115,859 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $417,800 (3rd Best)
More on Mountain Green: Data| Homes For Sale

6. Millville


Population: 2,014
Median Income: $78,158 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $205,800 (31st Best)
More on Millville: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Midway

Midway, UT

Population: 4,468
Median Income: $82,721 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $399,800 (4th Best)
More on Midway: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

8. Silver Summit


Population: 4,245
Median Income: $120,357 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $652,100 (1st Best)
More on Silver Summit: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Morgan


Population: 3,951
Median Income: $72,596 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $222,900 (26th Best)
More on Morgan: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Emigration Canyon


Population: 1,772
Median Income: $142,917 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $643,100 (2nd Best)
More on Emigration Canyon: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Elk Ridge

Elk Ridge, UT

Population: 3,037
Median Income: $82,734 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $312,200 (10th Best)
More on Elk Ridge: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

12. Perry


Population: 4,630
Median Income: $81,094 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $219,800 (27th Best)
More on Perry: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Wellsville

Wellsville, UT

Population: 3,612
Median Income: $68,177 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $216,300 (28th Best)
More on Wellsville: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

14. Daniel


Population: 1,057
Median Income: $76,389 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $369,400 (7th Best)
More on Daniel: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Benjamin


Population: 1,633
Median Income: $67,308 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $333,300 (8th Best)
More on Benjamin: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Maeser


Population: 4,156
Median Income: $69,245 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $239,400 (20th Best)
More on Maeser: Data| Homes For Sale

17. Woodland Hills


Population: 1,375
Median Income: $93,375 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $396,000 (5th Best)
More on Woodland Hills: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Uintah


Population: 1,499
Median Income: $66,518 (30th Best)
Median Home Value: $211,800 (30th Best)
More on Uintah: Data| Homes For Sale

19. Mona


Population: 1,513
Median Income: $75,565 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $226,900 (24th Best)
More on Mona: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Francis


Population: 1,238
Median Income: $70,833 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $301,100 (12th Best)
More on Francis: Data| Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Utah are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Utah:

  1. Oljato-Monument Valley
  2. Carbonville
  3. La Verkin

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Utah

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Hyde Park 4,277 $74,931 $232,200
2 Vineyard 1,673 $91,473 $395,500
3 Mendon 1,183 $81,250 $248,100
4 River Heights 2,059 $67,292 $223,300
5 Mountain Green 3,113 $115,859 $417,800
6 Millville 2,014 $78,158 $205,800
7 Midway 4,468 $82,721 $399,800
8 Silver Summit 4,245 $120,357 $652,100
9 Morgan 3,951 $72,596 $222,900
10 Emigration Canyon 1,772 $142,917 $643,100
11 Elk Ridge 3,037 $82,734 $312,200
12 Perry 4,630 $81,094 $219,800
13 Wellsville 3,612 $68,177 $216,300
14 Daniel 1,057 $76,389 $369,400
15 Benjamin 1,633 $67,308 $333,300
16 Maeser 4,156 $69,245 $239,400
17 Woodland Hills 1,375 $93,375 $396,000
18 Uintah 1,499 $66,518 $211,800
19 Mona 1,513 $75,565 $226,900
20 Francis 1,238 $70,833 $301,100
21 Marriott-Slaterville 1,784 $71,726 $254,400
22 Liberty 1,540 $71,182 $312,200
23 Paradise 1,117 $69,167 $232,900
24 Elwood 1,157 $78,063 $213,900
25 Orangeville 1,566 $61,786 $129,800
26 Willard 1,714 $62,500 $193,300
27 Richmond 2,546 $52,188 $184,100
28 Spring Glen 1,139 $50,795 $156,700
29 Erda 2,226 $71,742 $322,900
30 Oakley 1,290 $72,250 $278,700
31 Monroe 2,608 $51,273 $169,000
32 Delta 3,472 $60,179 $137,200
33 Ferron 1,406 $51,776 $140,100
34 Kanab 4,436 $55,266 $192,100
35 Coalville 1,650 $61,781 $244,600
36 Manti 3,296 $45,152 $162,200
37 Beaver 3,054 $47,264 $158,800
38 Blanding 3,716 $56,111 $159,300
39 Garland 2,449 $55,855 $140,800
40 Toquerville 1,917 $69,375 $248,600
41 Naples 2,420 $70,000 $190,700
42 Kamas 2,262 $60,236 $227,900
43 Gunnison 3,295 $52,857 $147,200
44 Enterprise 1,675 $56,750 $152,900
45 South Willard 1,854 $94,167 $278,500
46 Monticello 2,796 $50,260 $152,300
47 Fairview 1,644 $58,553 $152,700
48 Honeyville 1,234 $67,222 $199,200
49 Huntington 1,909 $54,375 $116,500
50 Rocky Ridge 1,200 $52,813 $201,800
51 Mount Pleasant 3,289 $51,875 $147,300
52 Helper 1,958 $49,154 $113,800
53 Castle Dale 1,751 $52,734 $126,000
54 Fillmore 2,759 $44,609 $122,200
55 Centerfield 1,220 $49,091 $141,700
56 Spring City 1,014 $50,000 $177,700
57 Duchesne 1,867 $44,659 $139,300
58 Moroni 1,708 $49,643 $118,500
59 Panguitch 1,880 $45,441 $156,900
60 Parowan 2,881 $36,127 $158,000
61 Lewiston 2,077 $46,806 $165,500
62 Milford 1,483 $43,603 $115,400
63 Genola 1,188 $57,083 $266,500
64 Wellington 1,672 $40,909 $121,300
65 Green River 1,099 $37,105 $123,500
66 Salina 2,505 $50,466 $110,800
67 Wendover 1,385 $27,596 $46,100
68 Hildale 2,926 $45,600 $121,100
69 La Verkin 4,182 $41,429 $136,500
70 Carbonville 1,579 $38,362 $125,400
71 Oljato-Monument Valley 1,150 $26,058 $90,800

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