Violent crime is low, but Utah is currently experiencing higher numbers in property crime. Coincidentally, there are some dangerous places in Utah, so HomeSnacks set out to determine the safest places in Utah for 2020.
How did we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 63 cities. We looked at important factors like property crimes and violent crimes per capita for every place with over 5,000 residents.
We discovered that Utah takes its safety game very seriously. You have to be 21 to go without a motorcycle helmet, there are close to 5,000 sworn police officers making sure people are safe, and there are ten super safe places in Utah that anyone would be happy to call home. Heck, there's a reason notable like Wilford Brimley and The Osmonds have been singing the praises of Utah places like Santa Clara and Ogden for years: they're super safe
Have we piqued your interest? Want to know more about our methodology and where the safest places in Utah are located? Keep reading.
Now, it's not lost on us that some of Utah's safest places are also some of their best places to raise a family. Utah has a lot to offer; not only in safety, but by way of great schools, jobs, amenities, and down-to-earth hospitality. Unfortunately, there can be only one number one safest place to live in Utah for 2020 and that would be Lone Peak.
Take a look at the list below to see the cities that gave Lone Peak a run for their money. And if you don't see your favorite Utah city in the top ten, head to the bottom of the page.
For more reading on safe places to live in and around Utah, check out:
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 503 (1st safest)
More on Lone Peak:
Welcome to Lone Peak, our safest city in Utah for 2020. It's so safe in this little mountain city just southeast of SLC, that the moose, coyotes, and bears are always howling and growling at the residents reminding them to get home before dark. Thanks furry friends!
You will never be alone in Lone Peak. The residents, here, are constantly looking out for each other. There's a true sense of community in this little piece of Utah heaven with safety and education a top priority.
Topping our list of safest cities in Utah is Mapleton, a city about an hour south of Salt Lake City. With only one violent crime reported in 2018, Mapleton had the lowest rate of violent crime in Utah. That works out to a rate about five times lower than the national average.
Honestly, the wildlife you'll encounter on a hike up Spanish Fork Peak poses a greater threat than criminals. And with an average of less than one property crime each week, Mapleton had the third lowest rate in the state.
Mapleton was just shy of placing on our list of best places to live in Utah this year, but if safety is paramount for you, then Mapleton is the place to be.
Salem, Utah is not like Salem, Massachusetts. This city keeps everyone safe, and that includes their witches.
Located in slightly southeast of Salt Lake City (SLC), Salem comes in as our third safest city in Utah for 2020. Salem's gold star qualities like the non-existent number of crimes per 100,000 residents speaks volumes.
With a little over 8,000 residents, the superb quality of life in this little city in Utah County is the reason it has held strong at number two since last year. Salem is the kind of place that you can sleep safe and sound and leave the doors unlocked while out and about.
You truly are 'Making Life Better' for your residents, Salem.
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 839 (9th safest)
More on Santaquin/genola:
This little city in Utah County scored off our charts for safety, job security and affordability. So if you breakdown at the Santaquin exit along interstate 15, you won't have to worry about finding a job or spending too much money. And you definitely won't have to worry about your safety in our fourth safest city in Utah for 2020.
Santaquin's slogan should be: "Where It's Happening". They have their version of the Utah fry sauce, they are all making money from their green jello stock, and they are always making sure their residents are safe. So, if safe, family friendly, communities that are happenin' is your cup of tea, you better hurry because the homes are sellin' like hotcakes.
Just East of Utah Lake it our fifth safest city in Utah for 2020, Spanish Fork. Now don't freak out, you don't have to be able to speak Spanish to live here: that wouldn't be safe.
Do we think Spanish Fork made the list because it's located in the middle of nowhere, Utah? Probably. Most people can't point to it on a map, so we're sure it's difficult for bad guys to find, too. The lack of bad guys helped Spanish Fork crush our safety numbers. This little Utah County city scored an 8.5/10 for safety. Good work!
Word on the street, the only crimes being committed, here, is not using fry sauce on your grilled rattlesnake or wearing a short skirt to church.
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 53 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 755 (5th safest)
More on Santa Clara/ivins:
Santa Clara takes the sixth spot on our list of the safest place to live in Utah for 2020. Santa Clara is home to several sites of importance to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), including the Jacob Hamblin Home and the old Relief Society house -- it's hard to commit crimes in such a holy place.
Violent crime basically stopped in the city, dropping to the lowest in the state by a good margin. Add in a property crime rate that's 10x better than the national average and you have a super safe place to live.
North Ogden already has some serious accolades under its belt; we gave it a perfect 10/10 on our overall snackability scale and named it the sixth best place to live in Utah for 2019, so this ranking as the seventh safest city in the state is just icing on the cake.
North Ogden only experienced a violent crime every other month, giving the city a violent crime rate six times lower than the national average. I'd be much more scared to ski down the Shotgun Trail Nordic Valley than walk the streets of North Ogden alone at night.
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,075 (14th safest)
More on North Park:
North Park ranks as the eighth safest city overall in Utah, with an especially low incidence of violent crime. Like North Ogden, North Park had only six violent crimes in 2018, but North Ogden's bigger size gives it a slightly better ranking on this list. North Park wasn't in the top ten last year, so this jump up to the #8 spot deserves some kudos.
Every safe city should begin with Kay like our ninth safest city in Utah for 2020, Kaysville.
Kaysville is the only city that scored a perfect 10/10 snackability score on our list. They must be doing something right, here, because they scored a 9/10 in safety and a 9.5/10 in education. Busy people = less naughty people. If that doesn't say safe, we don't know what does. When Kaysville residents aren't busy tending to their many wives and children, watering their little slice of the desert, or siphoning salt from The Great Salt Lake, they can be found putting up those "Drive like your Kids Live Here" signs.
We all could learn a lot from Kaysville.
Syracuse's population has been steadily growing over the past few years, and it's not hard to see why. We named it the second best place to live in Utah back in 2019 based on a number of factors, one of which was, of course, safety! Syracuse has a particularly low rate of property crime, about half that of the national average. So if you come home from a hike at Jensen Nature Park without your wallet, chances are that it'll be returned to your possession in no time.
Syracuse is located just south of Ogden and about a half hour north of Salt Lake City.
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Published Sept 2019) in Utah.Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
For example, there were a total of 158 crimes committed in Lone Peak which had a reported population of 29,969. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0053 which translates into a 1 in 189 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2018, the last reporting year. This left us with a total of 63 of the biggest cities in Utah to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 63 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Utah" with any ties going to the bigger city. You can download the data here.
The safest city in Utah, based on our criteria, is Lone Peak. The most dangerous city in Utah? South Salt Lake, where residents had a 1 in 12 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Lone Peak is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Utah residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.
Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Utah according to the data:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|1||Lone Peak, UT||29,969||23||503|
|5||Spanish Fork, UT||40,095||29||877|
|6||Santa Clara/ivins, UT||16,671||53||755|
|7||North Ogden, UT||19,771||30||1,173|
|8||North Park, UT||15,713||38||1,075|
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.
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