These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Utah For 2018


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

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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 2018:

  1. Park City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Highland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Alpine (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Bluffdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Draper (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. South Jordan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Cedar Hills (Homes For Sale)
  8. Holladay (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Lindon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Herriman (Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Richfield (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 the best places to live in Utah or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Beehive State For 2018

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things 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’ that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 84 places in Utah that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Park City

Park City, Utah

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Population: 7,656
Services: 101
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 91
Housing: 321
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 94
More on Park City: Homes For Sale | Data
Park City is a city in Summit County, Utah, United States. It is considered to be part of the Wasatch Back. The city is 32 miles (51 km) southeast of downtown Salt Lake City and 20 miles (32 km) from Salt Lake City’s east edge of Sugar House along Interstate 80. The population was 7,558 at the 2010 census. On average, the tourist population greatly exceeds the number of permanent residents.

2. Highland

Highland, Utah

Population: 15,425
Services: 101
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 91
Housing: 211
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 94
More on Highland: Homes For Sale | Data
Highland is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. It is approximately 30 miles (48 km) south of Salt Lake City and is part of the Provo?Orem Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the 2010 census the population was 15,523, a 90.0% increase over the 2000 figure of 8,172.

3. Alpine

Alpine, Utah

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Population: 9,522
Services: 101
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 91
Housing: 209
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 94
More on Alpine: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Bluffdale

Bluffdale, Utah

Population: 7,562
Services: 101
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 91
Housing: 189
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 94
More on Bluffdale: Homes For Sale | Data
Bluffdale is a city in Salt Lake County in the U.S. state of Utah, located about 20 miles (32 km) south of Salt Lake City. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,598.

5. Draper

Draper, Utah

Population: 42,212
Services: 101
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 91
Housing: 184
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 94
More on Draper: Homes For Sale | Data
Draper is a city in Salt Lake and Utah counties in the U.S. state of Utah, located about 20 miles (32 km) 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.

6. South Jordan

South Jordan, Utah

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Population: 51,120
Services: 101
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 91
Housing: 180
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 94
More on South Jordan: Homes For Sale | Data
South Jordan is a city in south central Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. The city lies in the Salt Lake Valley between the 9,000-foot (2,700 m) peaks of the Oquirrh Mountains and the 12,000-foot (3,700 m) peaks of the Wasatch Mountains and is part of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. The Jordan River flows through the middle of the valley and the city has a 3.5-mile (5.6 km) section of the Jordan River Parkway that contains fishing ponds, trails, parks and natural habitat. Salt Lake County fair grounds and equestrian park, 67-acre (27 ha) Oquirrh Lake and 27 other parks are located inside the city. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 50,418.

7. Cedar Hills


Population: 9,554
Services: 101
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 91
Housing: 169
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 94
More on Cedar Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Holladay

Holladay, Utah

Population: 26,570
Services: 101
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 91
Housing: 165
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 94
More on Holladay: Homes For Sale | Data
Holladay is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 26,472 at the 2010 census, a significant increase from 14,561 in 2000. The city was incorporated on November 29, 1999 as Holladay-Cottonwood, and the name was shortened to Holladay on December 14 of that year. It was reported in the 1990 census as the Holladay-Cottonwood CDP.

9. Lindon

Lindon, Utah

Population: 10,093
Services: 101
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 91
Housing: 165
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 94
More on Lindon: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

10. Herriman

Herriman, Utah

Population: 21,818
Services: 101
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 91
Housing: 163
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 94
More on Herriman: Homes For Sale | Data
Herriman is a city in southwestern Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. The population was 21,785 as of the 2010 census. Although Herriman was a town in 2000, it has since been classified as a fourth-class city by state law. The city has experienced rapid growth since incorporation in 1999, as its population was just 1,523 at the 2000 census. It grew from being the 111th-largest incorporated place in Utah in 2000 to the 32nd-largest in 2010.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

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

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Utah:

  1. Richfield
  2. Cedar City
  3. Enoch

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Utah

Rank City Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Park City 7,656 101 95 91
2 Highland 15,425 101 95 91
3 Alpine 9,522 101 95 91
4 Bluffdale 7,562 101 95 91
5 Draper 42,212 101 95 91
6 South Jordan 51,120 101 95 91
7 Cedar Hills 9,554 101 95 91
8 Holladay 26,570 101 95 91
9 Lindon 10,093 101 95 91
10 Herriman 21,818 101 95 91
11 Mapleton 8,005 101 95 91
12 Cottonwood Heights 33,642 101 95 91
13 Saratoga Springs 17,902 101 95 91
14 Riverton 38,480 101 95 91
15 Sandy 87,952 101 95 91
16 Pleasant View 7,966 101 95 91
17 Syracuse 23,914 101 95 91
18 Fruit Heights 5,057 101 95 91
19 Farmington 18,722 101 95 91
20 Hooper 7,234 101 95 91
21 West Haven 10,230 101 95 91
22 Lehi 47,180 101 95 91
23 South Weber 6,059 101 95 91
24 Centerville 15,554 101 95 91
25 West Bountiful 5,259 101 95 91
26 Heber 11,442 101 95 91
27 Kaysville 27,353 101 95 91
28 Farr West 5,827 101 95 91
29 Pleasant Grove 33,330 101 95 91
30 Salem 6,454 101 95 91
31 North Salt Lake 16,127 101 95 91
32 Bountiful 42,674 101 95 91
33 West Point 9,466 101 95 91
34 Murray 46,996 101 95 91
35 West Jordan 103,846 101 95 91
36 Salt Lake City 186,740 101 95 91
37 American Fork 26,347 101 95 91
38 North Logan 8,248 101 95 91
39 Eagle Mountain 21,106 101 95 91
40 Nibley 5,392 101 95 91
41 Clinton 20,201 101 95 91
42 Providence 6,941 101 95 91
43 North Ogden 17,354 101 95 91
44 Woods Cross 9,775 101 95 91
45 Spanish Fork 34,547 101 95 91
46 Orem 88,820 101 95 91
47 Midvale 28,484 101 95 91
48 Layton 67,458 101 95 91
49 Moab 5,031 101 96 106
50 Plain City 5,515 101 95 91
51 Springville 29,416 101 95 91
52 Provo 113,105 101 95 91
53 Santaquin 9,118 101 95 91
54 Taylorsville 59,098 101 95 91
55 Harrisville 5,553 101 95 91
56 Grantsville 8,931 101 95 91
57 Smithfield 9,508 101 95 91
58 West Valley City 129,123 101 95 91
59 Payson 18,229 101 95 91
60 South Ogden 16,447 101 95 91
61 Tooele 31,496 101 95 91
62 Vernal 9,218 101 96 106
63 Roosevelt 6,028 101 95 91
64 South Salt Lake 23,732 101 95 91
65 Ephraim 6,085 101 95 91
66 Roy 36,854 101 95 91
67 Clearfield 30,086 101 95 91
68 Riverdale 8,415 101 95 91
69 Nephi 5,402 101 95 91
70 Logan 47,970 101 95 91
71 Hyrum 7,579 101 95 91
72 Brigham City 17,934 101 95 91
73 Tremonton 7,605 101 95 91
74 Washington Terrace 9,058 101 95 91
75 Sunset 5,137 101 95 91
76 Ogden 82,749 101 95 91
77 Price 8,609 101 95 91
78 Santa Clara 6,094 93 95 92
79 Ivins 6,856 93 95 92
80 Washington 19,139 93 95 92
81 Hurricane 13,840 93 95 92
82 Enoch 5,777 93 97 85
83 Cedar City 28,720 93 97 85
84 Richfield 7,526 93 97 85

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