The 10 Best College Towns In Utah For 2020

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our time ranking the best college towns in Utah.
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Believe it or not, America has the best colleges in the world. It's been proven by data (and surveys) that the U.S. educational system is of the highest quality

It's actually not even close and Utah is home to a handful of them.

While we could debate which colleges within the are the 'best,' that's not the goal of this post.

Instead, ride along with us as we determine which college towns in Utah are the best.

You know, the type of places where there's energy and stimulation, but the type of place you can walk around at night. The happiest, chillest, most downright fun places where you can send your kids off to college where you won't break the bank, or worry about their well being.

Without further ado, here are the best college towns in Utah for 2020.

The 10 Best College Towns In Utah For 2020

  1. Ogden, UT (Photos | Homes)
  2. Provo, UT (Photos | Homes)
  3. Logan, UT (Photos | Homes)
  4. Ephraim, UT (Photos | Homes)
  5. Orem, UT (Photos | Homes)
  6. Salt Lake City, UT (Photos | Homes)
  7. West Jordan, UT (Photos | Homes)
  8. West Haven, UT (Photos | Homes)
  9. Draper, UT (Photos | Homes)
  10. Murray, UT (Photos | Homes)

While some of these may not seem like a 'real' college town per se, when you look at the numbers, it's hard to argue against.

And for those who live in Ogden, Provo and Logan - we tip our hats to you and we'll schedule a tour for next week. You can see where Ogden ranks in terms of the best college town in America.

Read on to find out more or for more on Utah check out:

The 10 Best College Towns In Utah For 2020

Ogden, UT
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Population: 86,126
% Undergrad Pop.: 18.4% (5th best)
Median Rent: $777 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 582.6% (11th best)
Crime Rank: 10th best
More on Ogden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ogden is a city and the county seat of Weber County, Utah, United States, approximately 10 miles east of the Great Salt Lake and 40 miles north of Salt Lake City. The population was 84,316 in 2014, according to the US Census Bureau, making it Utah's 7th largest city. The city served as a major railway hub through much of its history, and still handles a great deal of freight rail traffic which makes it a convenient location for manufacturing and commerce. Ogden is also known for its many historic buildings, proximity to the Wasatch Mountains, and as the location of Weber State University.

Colleges: Weber State University, Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College, Nightingale College

Provo, UT
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Population: 116,146
% Undergrad Pop.: 26.0% (2nd best)
Median Rent: $844 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 467.1% (10th best)
Crime Rank: 2nd best
More on Provo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Provo is the third-largest city in Utah, United States, located 43 miles south of Salt Lake City along the Wasatch Front. Provo is the largest city and county seat of Utah County.

Colleges: Brigham Young University-Provo, Provo College, AmeriTech College-Provo

Logan, UT
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Population: 50,478
% Undergrad Pop.: 35.5% (1st best)
Median Rent: $725 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 292.5% (2nd best)
Crime Rank: 1st best
More on Logan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Logan is a city in Cache County, Utah, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 48,174, with an estimated population of 48,997 in 2014. Logan is the county seat of Cache County and the principal city of the Logan, UT-ID Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Cache County and Franklin County, Idaho. The Logan metropolitan area contained 125,442 people as of the 2010 census. In 2005 and 2007, Morgan Quitno declared the Logan metropolitan area the safest in the United States.

Colleges: Utah State University, Bridgerland Applied Technology College, Stevens-Henager College

Ephraim, UT
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Population: 6,987
% Undergrad Pop.: 21.5% (4th best)
Median Rent: $707 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 1147.9% (12th best)
Crime Rank: 6th best
More on Ephraim: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ephraim is a city in Sanpete County, Utah, United States. The population was 6,135 at the 2010 census, making it the largest city in Sanpete County. It is the location of Snow College and is located along U.S. Route 89.

Colleges: Snow College

Orem, UT
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Population: 95,428
% Undergrad Pop.: 22.2% (3rd best)
Median Rent: $983 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 426.7% (8th best)
Crime Rank: 3rd best
More on Orem: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Colleges: Utah Valley University, Utah College of Massage Therapy-Utah Valley, Stevens-Henager College

Salt Lake City, UT
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Population: 195,701
% Undergrad Pop.: 11.6% (6th best)
Median Rent: $938 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 414.4% (7th best)
Crime Rank: 12th best
More on Salt Lake City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Utah. With an estimated population of 190,884 in 2014, the city is the core of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which has a population of 1,153,340. Salt Lake City is further situated within a larger metropolis known as the Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo Combined Statistical Area. This region is a corridor of contiguous urban and suburban development stretched along an approximately 120-mile segment of the Wasatch Front, comprising a population of 2,423,912 as of 2014. It is one of only two major urban areas in the Great Basin.

Colleges: Salt Lake Community College, University of Utah, Westminster College

West Jordan, UT
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Population: 113,089
% Undergrad Pop.: 0.2% (9th best)
Median Rent: $1,191 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 378.3% (5th best)
Crime Rank: 8th best
More on West Jordan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Jordan is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. West Jordan is a rapidly growing suburb of Salt Lake City and has a mixed economy. According to the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 103,712, placing it as the fourth most populous in the state. The city occupies the southwest end of the Salt Lake Valley at an elevation of 4,330 feet. Named after the nearby Jordan River, the limits of the city begin on the river's western bank and end in the eastern foothills of the Oquirrh Mountains, where Kennecott Copper Mine, the world's largest man-made excavation is located.

Colleges: Broadview University-West Jordan, Taylor Andrews Academy of Hair Design-West Jordan

West Haven, UT
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Population: 12,916
% Undergrad Pop.: 2.3% (7th best)
Median Rent: $1,117 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 222.2% (1st best)
Crime Rank: 6th best
More on West Haven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Haven is a city in Weber County, Utah, United States. The population was 3,976 at the 2000 census. It was incorporated on July 1, 1991, combining the unincorporated communities of Kanesville and Wilson.

Colleges: Stevens-Henager College

Draper, UT
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Population: 47,402
% Undergrad Pop.: 0.0% (11th best)
Median Rent: $1,386 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 342.4% (3rd best)
Crime Rank: 9th best
More on Draper: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Draper is a city in Salt Lake and Utah counties in the U.S. state of Utah, located about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City along the Wasatch Front. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 42,274, having grown from 7,143 in 1990.

Colleges: AmeriTech College-Draper, The Art Institute of Salt Lake City, Argosy University-Salt Lake City

Murray, UT
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Population: 49,118
% Undergrad Pop.: 1.1% (8th best)
Median Rent: $1,065 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 385.4% (6th best)
Crime Rank: 11th best
More on Murray: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Murray City is a city situated on the Wasatch Front in the core of Salt Lake Valley in the U.S. state of Utah. Named for territorial governor Eli Murray, it is the state's fourteenth largest city. According to the 2010 census, Murray has approximately 46,746 residents. Murray shares borders with Taylorsville, Holladay, South Salt Lake and West Jordan, Utah. Once teeming with heavy industry, Murray-s industrial sector now has little trace and has been replaced by major mercantile sectors. Known for its central location in Salt Lake County, Murray has been called the Hub of Salt Lake County. Unlike most of its neighboring communities, Murray operates its own police, fire, power, water, library, and parks and recreation departments and has its own school district. While maintaining many of its own services, Murray has one of the lowest city tax rates in the state.

Colleges: ITT Technical Institute-Murray, Eagle Gate College-Murray, Cameo College of Essential Beauty

How'd we figure out the best college towns in Utah?

To crunch our data on Utah's best college towns, we had to first decide which qualities (or rankings) make sense to use in the data, and then crunch the numbers for our rankings.

First off, we firmly decided that only cities with a 4 year college should make the cut -- so there has to be at least one college granting bachelors degrees in town.

You might be surprised to hear that there are only 10 places in Utah with an institution of higher learning with that criteria.

Source of data include OpenStreetMaps, the College Scorecard, the U.S. Census, and FBI reporting data to include the following factors:

  • Students Make Up Large % of the Population
  • College-specific Factors
    • Graduation rate
    • Tuition Cost
    • Student Body Diversity
  • Town Characteristics
    • Safety
    • Affordability
    • Income and Employment Opportunities
  • Things to Do
    • Bars
    • Museums & Libraries
    • Population Density

We ranked each city across each of the criteria, with one being the best.

We rolled up the individual scores into the category and ranked them again based on the category.

Finally, we took the average rank across each category, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best College Town In Utah For 2020".

And it looks like Ogden placed Summa Cum Laude.

There You Have It -- The Best College Towns In The

If you're looking for the best college towns in Utah, you came to the right place.

These places all have great college sports programs, tons of stuff to do, and are great places to raise a family.

For more reading, check out:

10 Best College Towns In Utah

Rank City Population
1 Ogden, UT 86126
2 Provo, UT 116146
3 Logan, UT 50478
4 Ephraim, UT 6987
5 Orem, UT 95428
6 Salt Lake City, UT 195701
7 West Jordan, UT 113089
8 West Haven, UT 12916
9 Draper, UT 47402
10 Murray, UT 49118

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