Most Expensive Places To Live In Utah For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Utah that will put a big dent in your wallet.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the most expensive places to live in Utah.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Utah does this very well. Families love the Beehive State's beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state -- and that's how we're going to help you.

These are the places in Utah that cost a pretty penny -- the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Utah for 2020.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Utah? That would be Alpine.
the 2014-2018 American Community Survey for the 85 places in Utah with more than 5,000 people.

What's the most expensive place to live in Utah? Well, HomeSnacks crunched the numbers and discovered that Alpine is the most expensive place to live in Utah.

So hopefully Hyrum (the cheapest place to live in Utah) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about Utah and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Utah For 2020

Alpine, UT

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Population: 10,430
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.5x (15th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 62.1x (27th most expensive)
More on Alpine: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Alpine comes in at $121,667 and the median home value is $541,800 for 2020.

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Population: 15,056
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.5x (13th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 56.2x (11th most expensive)
More on Heber: Real Estate | Data

Heber City is a city in Wasatch County, Utah, United States. Heber City was founded by English emigrants who were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the late 1850s, and is named after the Mormon apostle Heber C. Kimball. It is the county seat of Wasatch County. The original Heber City town square is located on the west side of Main Street between Center Street and 100 North and currently houses city offices as well as the historic Wasatch Stake Tabernacle and Heber Amusement Hall. The city was largely pastoral, focusing largely on dairy farms and cattle ranching, and has since become a bedroom community for Orem, Provo, Park City and Salt Lake City.

The median income in Heber comes in at $69,437 and the median home value is $313,800 for 2020.

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Population: 10,252
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.7x (27th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 52.6x (5th most expensive)
More on Cedar Hills: Real Estate | Data

The median income in Cedar Hills comes in at $96,331 and the median home value is $356,700 for 2020.

Washington, UT

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Population: 25,395
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.8x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 52.7x (6th most expensive)
More on Washington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Washington comes in at $58,815 and the median home value is $279,900 for 2020.

Ivins, UT

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Population: 8,211
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.7x (11th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 51.5x (3rd most expensive)
More on Ivins: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ivins is a city in Washington County, Utah, United States and is a part of the St. George Metropolitan Area as a suburb or "bedroom" community. The population was 6,753 at the 2010 census, and it was estimated at 6,930 in 2011. Although Ivins was listed as a town in the 2000 census, it became a city in 1998.

The median income in Ivins comes in at $57,282 and the median home value is $267,100 for 2020.

Salt Lake City, UT

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Population: 195,701
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.1x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 60.1x (21st most expensive)
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.

The median income in Salt Lake City comes in at $56,370 and the median home value is $289,200 for 2020.

Provo, UT

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8
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Population: 116,146
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.3x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 55.1x (10th most expensive)
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.

The median income in Provo comes in at $46,532 and the median home value is $247,100 for 2020.

St. George, UT

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8
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Population: 82,194
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.8x (8th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 56.7x (13th most expensive)
More on St. George: Real Estate | Data | Photos

St. George is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Utah, United States. Located in the southwestern part of the state on the Arizona border, near the tri-state junction of Utah, Arizona and Nevada, it is the principal city of the St. George Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city lies in the northeastern-most part of the Mojave Desert adjacent to the Pine Valley Mountains near the convergence of three distinct geological areas: the Mojave Desert, Colorado Plateau, and Great Basin. The city is 118 miles northeast of Las Vegas and 300 miles south-southwest of Salt Lake City on Interstate 15. The city is named after George A. Smith, a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Apostle.

The median income in St. George comes in at $55,061 and the median home value is $261,800 for 2020.

Murray, UT

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8
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Population: 49,118
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.3x (16th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 58.4x (14th most expensive)
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.

The median income in Murray comes in at $62,174 and the median home value is $265,400 for 2020.

Lindon, UT

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 10,826
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 11)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.5x (14th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 72.1x (48th most expensive)
More on Lindon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lindon is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Provo-Orem, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 10,070 at the 2010 census. In July 2014 it was estimated to be closer to 10,723 by the US Census Bureau.

The median income in Lindon comes in at $85,671 and the median home value is $381,800 for 2020.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Beehive State For 2020

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Utah
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. 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 2014-2018 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 most 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 highest cost of living in Utah according to the data is Alpine. You can download the data here.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Utah For 2020

Well there you have it, the places in Utah that have the highest cost of living, with Alpine ranking as the most expensive city in the Beehive State.

Here's a look at the most affordable cities in Utah according to the data:

  1. Hyrum
  2. Price
  3. Sunset

For more Utah reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Utah

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Alpine 14.67 10,430 4.5x 62.1x
2 Heber 14.67 15,056 4.5x 56.2x
3 Cedar Hills 15.0 10,252 3.7x 52.6x
4 Washington 15.33 25,395 4.8x 52.7x
5 Ivins 16.67 8,211 4.7x 51.5x
6 Salt Lake City 17.67 195,701 5.1x 60.1x
7 Provo 19.5 116,146 5.3x 55.1x
8 St. George 20.83 82,194 4.8x 56.7x
9 Murray 22.5 49,118 4.3x 58.4x
10 Lindon 23.67 10,826 4.5x 72.1x
11 Park City 24.0 8,296 9.4x 79.6x
12 South Salt Lake 24.0 24,860 4.8x 49.7x
13 Santa Clara 24.67 7,118 3.7x 60.0x
14 Midvale 24.67 32,893 4.2x 53.8x
15 Fruit Heights 25.0 6,100 3.6x 66.7x
16 Holladay 25.0 30,746 4.9x 76.9x
17 Ephraim 26.0 6,987 5.2x 56.5x
18 Cottonwood Heights 26.67 34,170 4.2x 72.3x
19 Lehi 27.0 61,508 3.6x 61.3x
20 Moab 27.33 5,259 4.7x 59.3x
21 Hurricane 27.67 16,403 4.1x 51.1x
22 Pleasant Grove 30.0 38,066 3.8x 63.8x
23 South Jordan 31.0 68,491 3.7x 72.9x
24 Logan 31.5 50,478 4.6x 54.8x
25 Orem 31.5 95,428 4.0x 62.4x
26 Bluffdale 31.67 12,114 4.0x 79.4x
27 Cedar City 32.0 31,009 4.7x 60.2x
28 Bountiful 32.0 43,792 4.0x 70.7x
29 Riverton 32.0 42,680 3.3x 63.1x
30 Sandy 32.67 95,420 3.6x 72.4x
31 Highland 33.67 18,362 4.0x 83.2x
32 West Haven 34.0 12,916 3.7x 69.9x
33 Saratoga Springs 35.33 27,347 3.3x 67.6x
34 Draper 36.0 47,402 3.8x 83.4x
35 Mapleton 37.33 9,509 3.6x 79.0x
36 Enoch 38.0 6,534 3.5x 51.7x
37 Eagle Mountain 38.33 29,919 3.3x 58.7x
38 West Jordan 38.5 113,089 3.5x 63.4x
39 North Salt Lake 39.67 20,020 3.6x 72.9x
40 Springville 40.0 32,603 3.6x 67.6x
41 Herriman 41.33 35,640 3.6x 80.4x
42 North Logan 41.33 10,457 3.5x 69.6x
43 Taylorsville 42.0 60,294 3.5x 61.7x
44 Richfield 42.0 7,678 3.7x 59.9x
45 Syracuse 42.33 28,342 3.0x 61.7x
46 Farmington 42.67 23,208 3.6x 89.4x
47 Centerville 44.67 17,221 3.3x 73.5x
48 Salem 44.67 7,808 3.4x 80.8x
49 American Fork 44.83 29,384 3.6x 75.9x
50 Spanish Fork 46.0 38,673 3.3x 67.2x
51 West Valley City 48.67 135,985 3.2x 58.6x
52 Payson 48.67 19,699 3.4x 68.9x
53 Clearfield 49.33 31,016 3.1x 53.3x
54 Woods Cross 49.67 11,287 3.2x 69.9x
55 Clinton 51.33 21,618 2.9x 59.4x
56 Kaysville 51.67 30,961 3.3x 103.9x
57 Hooper 52.33 8,458 3.0x 77.3x
58 Pleasant View 53.0 9,806 3.3x 86.9x
59 Providence 54.33 7,300 3.4x 82.6x
60 West Point 54.33 10,434 2.6x 62.8x
61 Smithfield 55.33 11,102 3.3x 74.2x
62 Ogden 55.33 86,126 3.2x 60.2x
63 North Ogden 57.5 18,943 3.0x 72.1x
64 Tremonton 57.67 8,434 3.3x 69.7x
65 Grantsville 58.0 10,566 3.4x 81.6x
66 Vernal 58.33 10,653 3.2x 65.9x
67 South Weber 58.33 7,159 2.9x 81.7x
68 Layton 59.17 75,106 3.2x 75.8x
69 Tooele 59.83 33,805 3.0x 66.1x
70 Plain City 60.0 6,560 3.3x 99.5x
71 Santaquin 60.67 11,154 3.2x 75.1x
72 Brigham City 61.67 18,924 3.3x 72.4x
73 Riverdale 62.67 8,727 3.2x 73.9x
74 West Bountiful 63.0 5,578 2.9x 97.1x
75 Washington Terrace 64.0 9,138 3.0x 68.6x
76 South Ogden 65.0 17,010 2.9x 72.6x
77 Harrisville 65.33 6,356 2.6x 71.9x
78 Farr West 66.0 6,836 2.8x 99.8x
79 Nephi 68.67 5,761 3.0x 77.2x
80 Roy 68.67 38,238 2.5x 70.7x
81 Roosevelt 69.0 6,955 2.9x 76.3x
82 Nibley 70.33 6,655 2.7x 85.7x
83 Sunset 75.0 5,229 2.6x 74.2x
84 Price 75.33 8,281 2.9x 77.0x
85 Hyrum 77.33 8,065 2.8x 81.7x

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About Chris Kolmar

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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