Top 15 Safest Cities In Utah For 2018

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Utah, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Lone Peak.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Beehive State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 62 cities in Utah with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Utah for 2018:

  1. Lone Peak (Homes)
  2. Salem (Photos | Homes)
  3. Mapleton (Photos | Homes)
  4. Santa Clara/Ivins (Homes)
  5. Pleasant Grove (Photos | Homes)
  6. North Ogden (Homes)
  7. Smithfield (Photos | Homes)
  8. Saratoga Springs (Photos | Homes)
  9. Bluffdale (Photos | Homes)
  10. Santaquin/Genola (Homes)
  11. Syracuse (Photos | Homes)
  12. Spanish Fork (Photos | Homes)
  13. Kaysville (Photos | Homes)
  14. North Park (Homes)
  15. Clinton (Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Utah, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Utah

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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 (Sept 2017) 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:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 184 crimes committed in Lone Peak which had a reported population of 28,862. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0064 which translates into a 1 in 156 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 2016. This left us with a total of 62 of the biggest cities in Utah to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 62 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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Lone Peak. The most dangerous city in Utah? Salt Lake City, where residents had a 1 in 10 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.

1. Lone Peak

Lone Peak, UT
Source: Public domain

Population: 28,862
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 623 (2nd safest)
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2. Salem

Salem, UT

Population: 7,696
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 753 (6th safest)
More on Salem: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Salem is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Provo-Orem Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 6,423 at the 2010 census. The "Dream Mine" of John Hyrum Koyle, as well as the pond, became synonymous with Salem.

3. Mapleton

Mapleton, UT

Population: 9,479
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 21 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 727 (4th safest)
More on Mapleton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Mapleton is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Provo-Orem Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,979 at the 2010 census.

4. Santa Clara/ivins

Santa Clara/Ivins, UT

Population: 15,107
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 19 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 787 (7th safest)
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5. Pleasant Grove

Pleasant Grove, UT

Population: 38,984
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 30 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 646 (3rd safest)
More on Pleasant Grove: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Pleasant Grove, originally named Battle Creek, is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States known as "Utah's City of Trees". It is part of the Provo-Orem Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 33,509 at the 2010 census.

6. North Ogden

North Ogden, UT
Source: Public domain

Population: 18,654
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 26 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,190 (13th safest)
More on North Ogden: Real Estate | Data

North Ogden is a city in Weber County, Utah, United States. The population was 17,357 at the 2010 census. North Ogden is on SR-235, three miles north of Ogden. It is a suburb of that city and is part of the Ogden -Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area.

7. Smithfield

Smithfield, UT

Population: 11,015
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 63 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 326 (1st safest)
More on Smithfield: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Smithfield is a city in Cache County, Utah, United States. The population was 9,495 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 11,014 in 2014. It is included in the Logan, Utah-Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is the second largest city in the area after Logan, the county seat. Smithfield is home to Sky View High School, where students from all of northern Cache County come to study.

8. Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs, UT

Population: 27,211
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 47 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 731 (5th safest)
More on Saratoga Springs: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Saratoga Springs is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. The elevation is 4,505 feet. It is part of the Provo-Orem, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is a relatively new development along the northwestern shores of Utah Lake. It was incorporated on December 31, 1997 and has been growing rapidly since then. The population was 1,003 at the 2000 census, while the 2009 estimates placed it at 16,125, making it one of the fastest-growing US cities during this time period. The 2010 census states population at 17,781, meeting expectations of growth despite the state of the economy. Saratoga Springs became a city in 2001.

9. Bluffdale

Bluffdale, UT

Population: 11,765
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 42 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,019 (10th safest)
More on Bluffdale: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Bluffdale is a city in Salt Lake County in the U.S. state of Utah, located about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,598.

10. Santaquin/genola

Santaquin/Genola, UT

Population: 12,289
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 40 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,106 (12th safest)
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11. Syracuse

Syracuse, UT

Population: 28,011
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 42 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,092 (11th safest)
More on Syracuse: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Syracuse is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States, between the Great Salt Lake and Interstate 15, about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City. It is part of the Ogden-Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 24,331 at the 2010 census, an increase of 158.9% since the 2000 census. The city has seen rapid growth and development since the 1990s. Syracuse was incorporated on September 3, 1935. The city was named by early settlers for Syracuse, New York, which was famed for its salt production in the 19th century.

12. Spanish Fork

Spanish Fork, UT
Source: Public domain

Population: 38,529
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,404 (19th safest)
More on Spanish Fork: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Spanish Fork is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Provo-Orem Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 36,956 as of the 2013 census.

13. Kaysville

Kaysville, UT

Population: 31,055
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 879 (8th safest)
More on Kaysville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Kaysville is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Ogden-Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 27,300 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 29,494 in 2014.

14. North Park

Source: Public Domain

Population: 15,088
Rank Last Year: 12 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 39 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,391 (18th safest)
More on North Park: 

15. Clinton

Clinton, UT

Population: 21,567
Rank Last Year: 11 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,701 (22nd safest)
More on Clinton: Real Estate | Data

Clinton is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Ogden-Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 20,426 at the 2010 census, up from 12,585 at the 2000 census. Clinton grew rapidly during the 1990s and continues to see rapid growth, with an estimated population of 21,104 in 2014.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Beehive State

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:

  1. Salt Lake City
  2. South Salt Lake
  3. Murray
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Utah For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Lone Peak, UT 28,862 13 623
2 Salem, UT 7,696 0 753
3 Mapleton, UT 9,479 21 727
4 Santa Clara/ivins, UT 15,107 19 787
5 Pleasant Grove, UT 38,984 30 646
6 North Ogden, UT 18,654 26 1,190
7 Smithfield, UT 11,015 63 326
8 Saratoga Springs, UT 27,211 47 731
9 Bluffdale, UT 11,765 42 1,019
10 Santaquin/genola, UT 12,289 40 1,106
11 Syracuse, UT 28,011 42 1,092
12 Spanish Fork, UT 38,529 25 1,404
13 Kaysville, UT 31,055 57 879
14 North Park, UT 15,088 39 1,391
15 Clinton, UT 21,567 37 1,701
16 Sunset, UT 5,191 38 1,868
17 Woods Cross, UT 11,600 43 1,724
18 Pleasant View, UT 9,548 104 1,214
19 Heber, UT 14,954 106 1,210
20 Farmington, UT 23,505 59 1,991
21 Logan, UT 50,767 98 1,662
22 North Salt Lake, UT 20,572 68 1,900
23 Bountiful, UT 44,003 104 1,690
24 Lehi, UT 60,806 126 1,264
25 American Fork/cedar Hills, UT 39,028 61 2,198
26 Springville, UT 32,825 85 2,031
27 Roy, UT 38,167 112 1,836
28 Payson, UT 19,738 65 2,254
29 Lindon, UT 10,958 45 2,673
30 South Jordan, UT 70,226 75 2,201
31 Clearfield, UT 30,783 94 2,157
32 Enoch, UT 6,348 504 913
33 Orem, UT 95,640 67 2,558
34 South Ogden, UT 17,026 123 1,932
35 Nephi, UT 5,594 71 2,645
36 St. George, UT 81,755 195 1,791
37 Moab, UT 5,262 494 1,387
38 Hurricane, UT 15,869 144 2,054
39 Washington, UT 25,564 160 2,022
40 Tremonton, UT 8,333 120 2,232
41 Grantsville, UT 10,253 234 1,706
42 Layton, UT 75,482 156 2,171
43 Richfield, UT 7,597 92 3,711
44 Cottonwood Heights, UT 34,493 115 2,661
45 Provo, UT 115,739 128 2,344
46 Harrisville, UT 6,347 94 3,781
47 Cedar City, UT 30,441 220 2,086
48 Draper, UT 47,696 157 2,970
49 Brigham City, UT 18,914 200 2,495
50 Price, UT 8,310 120 4,283
51 West Bountiful, UT 5,559 233 2,572
52 Sandy, UT 94,601 170 3,319
53 Vernal, UT 11,687 213 2,986
54 Centerville, UT 17,204 197 3,452
55 West Jordan, UT 113,595 272 3,207
56 Riverdale, UT 8,699 195 6,977
57 Ogden, UT 85,930 523 4,431
58 Roosevelt, UT 7,179 668 4,596
59 West Valley, UT 137,558 598 4,670
60 Murray, UT 49,758 554 7,076
61 South Salt Lake, UT 25,022 815 7,845
62 Salt Lake City, UT 193,918 935 8,535

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