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Do you want to know where the richest of rich call home in the Beehive State? Read on to learn which cities in Utah have the most wealth.
If you think that the richest places in are centered around Salt Lake City then you're right. None of the cities on this list are more than an hour's drive away from Utah's capital city. Centerville is the closest place on the list to Salt Lake City, while 40% of this list consists of Ogden suburbs like Hooper. Three of these cities are just south of West Jordan. With such a tight geographical spread, it's easy to see where the wealth is concentrated in Utah.
So how much money does a person need to earn to comfortably break into one of these super-wealthy locales? Well, the average median household income for cities on this list is just shy of $100,000/year, so you'd better get a high-paying job before you decide to settle down in any of these places. The most common jobs that pay big bucks in Utah are all scientific, so if you're an avionics technician, hydrologist, or atmospheric scientist, you should have no problem fitting in with Utah's high society. Of the cities on this list, Highland has the highest earners, while West Point has the lowest unemployment rate.
Still curious where Utah's richest go to make money for courtside Jazz tickets, five-star Navajo tacos, and the finest lodges at ski resorts? Read on.
At the end of the day, here's the set of the 10 richest places in Utah for 2020:
- Hooper (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- South Jordan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Farmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Riverton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Farr West (>Homes For Sale)
- West Point (>Homes For Sale)
- Herriman (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Nibley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mapleton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bluffdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
These are the cities that have the busiest bees bringing home the most honey in the Beehive State. It's not shocking to see that 40% of the cities on this list overlap with our list of best places to live in Utah. It makes sense that the wealthiest folks would want to live in the best places.
What magic did Homesnacks use to determine the richest cities in Utah? The magic of data! First, we took the smaller places of a population under 5,000 out of the picture, leaving us with 85 cities to rank. Then we ranked each of the remaining cities based on poverty, unemployment, and median household income. So what's the wealthiest city in Utah? According to the data, Hooper is the richest place for 2020.
For a full look at how all of Utah's cities of 5,000 people or more ranked in terms of riches, check out the complete list below.
Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Utah:
The 10 Richest Cities In Utah For 2020
Hooper is a city in Weber County, Utah, United States, first called Muskrat Springs and later Hooperville for Captain William Henry Hooper, an early Utah delegate to Congress. The population was 7,218 at the 2010 census, up from the 2000 figure of 3,926. Prior to the city's incorporation on November 30, 2000, Hooper was an unincorporated census-designated place.
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 peaks of the Oquirrh Mountains and the 12,000-foot 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 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 Oquirrh Lake and 27 other parks are located inside the city. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 50,418.
Farmington is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Ogden-Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 18,275 at the 2010 census and was estimated at 22,159 in 2014. It is the county seat of Davis County. Lagoon Amusement Park is located in Farmington.
Riverton 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 38,753 at the 2010 census. Riverton is located in the rapidly growing Southwestern corner of the Salt Lake Valley.
Farr West is a city in Weber County, Utah, United States. The population was 3,094 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Ogden-Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How We Determined The Richest Places In Utah For 2020
The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.
However, we don't believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "richest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2014-2018 American Community Survey:
- Poverty Level
- Median Household Income
- Unemployment Rate
Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.
After we collected the data for all 85 places with more than 5,000 people in Utah, we ranked each place from 1 to 85 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.
We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Rich Score" with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Hooper, crowned the "Richest City In Utah For 2020". You can download the data here.
You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 85 places.
There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Utah For 2020
Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Utah, we weren't sure what we'd encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Utah.
When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.
If you're curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Utah, according to data:
2nd Poorest: Vernal
3rd Poorest: Price
For more Utah reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Utah
|33||North Salt Lake||33.0|
|64||West Valley City||62.67|
|71||Salt Lake City||67.0|
|77||South Salt Lake||74.67|