A wise sage once said:
“She works hard for the money…”
And these places in Utah definitely treat her right.
You see, these are the cities and places in Utah where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Beehive State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.
So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 85 largest places in Utah, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.
So where is the cheapest place to live in Utah? That would be Washington Terrace.
So listen up Alpine (the most expensive place in Utah) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.
And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Utah and the cheapest places in the country:
How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Beehive State For 2019
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:
- How much do money do I make?
- How much do I have spend to live there?
You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.
For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.
With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:
- Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
- Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
- Median Home Price
We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).
You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Utah to figure out which is the least expensive.
What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 85 places in Utah that have more than 5,000 people.
The place with the lowest cost of living in Utah according to the data is Washington Terrace.
The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Utah For 2019
The median income in Washington Terrace comes in at $53,070 and the median home value is $149,400 for 2019.
Harrisville is a city in Weber County, Utah, United States. The population was 3,645 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Ogden-Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The median income in Harrisville comes in at $70,849 and the median home value is $180,600 for 2019.
Hyrum is a city in Cache County, Utah, United States. The population was 7,609 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 7,818 in 2014. It is included in the Logan, Utah-Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The median income in Hyrum comes in at $59,453 and the median home value is $163,900 for 2019.
The median income in Price comes in at $45,388 and the median home value is $131,800 for 2019.
The median income in Sunset comes in at $56,864 and the median home value is $138,600 for 2019.
Nibley is a city in Cache County, Utah, United States. Incorporated in 1935, it was named after Charles W. Nibley, a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The population was 5,438 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Logan, Utah-Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area and is a suburb or ‘bedroom’ community of Logan.
The median income in Nibley comes in at $80,125 and the median home value is $225,800 for 2019.
Nephi is a city in Juab County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Provo-Orem, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,733 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Juab County. It was settled by Mormon pioneers in 1851, as Salt Creek until 1882 when it acquired its current name. It is the principal city in the Juab Valley, an agricultural area. Nephi was named after Nephi, son of Lehi from the Book of Mormon.
The median income in Nephi comes in at $56,866 and the median home value is $167,800 for 2019.
The median income in Roy comes in at $66,333 and the median home value is $163,900 for 2019.
Roosevelt is a city in Duchesne County, Utah, United States. The population was 6,046 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 6,777 in 2014.
The median income in Roosevelt comes in at $62,408 and the median home value is $178,000 for 2019.
Plain City is a city in Weber County, Utah, United States. The population was 5,476 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Ogden-Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The median income in Plain City comes in at $85,290 and the median home value is $241,300 for 2019.
There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Utah Cheapskate
If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Utah, this is an accurate list of the most affordable places to live in utah for 2019.
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