THE 10 BEST Places To Live In Utah For 2020


These are the cream of the crop when it comes to the Beehive State.

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

What do 3 million Utah residents know that we don't? They know that the Beehive State has some of the best places to live in America.

And lucky for you, HomeSnacks has uncovered the top ten best places to live in Utah for 2020.

How'd we do this? We looked at Utah places with 5,000 or more residents. We took into account home prices, household income, education, and safety. Our conclusion, Utah is the land of plenty, you just have to know where to look. Not surprising, our top ten best places really brought their A-game. We can thank some of Utah's best places to live for Frito Lay and Skywest Airlines. And we can thank the other half for higher education institutions like The University of Utah and Brigham Young for educating the future of those companies.

So, what does it take to live in Utah's best of the best places? We suggest a good job. And the jobs that are keeping median incomes high and Utah's best places to live safe and enjoyable are in the medical field and education. More importantly, these jobs are keeping Utah's unemployment rate at 3% as well as one of the top ten least dangerous states in the country.

Have we piqued your interest? If so, keep reading.

The best places on our list are the best because the people in these places take affordable real estate, high incomes, and safe neighborhoods very seriously.

However, there can only be one number one best place to live in Utah, and that would be Farmington. Farmington also made our number one best Utah place to retire to for 2020. Coincidence? We think not. Farmington has great people, amazing parks, gold star restaurants, and great shopping.

To see Utah's other best of the best places, take a look below. And if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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The 10 Best Places To Live In Utah For 2020

Farmington, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,208
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $365,900 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (13th best)
More on Farmington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farmington comes in at a close 1st. They have the 13th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 8th highest median income as well, which means the people in Farmington are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 10th best in the state.

Highland, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 18,362
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $536,100 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (48th best)
More on Highland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Highland ranks 2nd on our list of best places to live in Utah thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.

Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Utah that we examined.

People have been flocking to Highland over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

Kaysville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 30,961
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $313,700 (20th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (28th best)
More on Kaysville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kaysville has a really low crime rate (2nd lowest) and only 3.1% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($94,001). And that goes a long way.

The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Kaysville.

Mapleton, UT

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 9,509
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $390,100 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (36th best)
More on Mapleton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mapleton isn't just the nicest place to live in Utah - it's also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.

It's got the 36th lowest unemployment rate, the 5th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.

When you're looking at science and data, Mapleton definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2020.

Syracuse, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 28,342
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $284,200 (30th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (9th best)
More on Syracuse: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Well, I guess technically 2.1% of Syracuse residents who want to have a job can't find one, so not everyone has a job, but it's the 9th closest of any city in Utah.

You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.

In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Syracuse also ranked well for crime (4th) and median income ($94,659).

South Jordan, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 68,491
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $379,200 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.8% (7th best)
More on South Jordan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Things can't get much better than in the town of South Jordan. The crime is the 47th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in South Jordan make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.

The median home costs a cool $379,200 and households make $103,430 which is good for 7th in Utah.

Salem, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,808
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $319,400 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (32nd best)
More on Salem: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Salem has it made. In fact, according to science, it's one of the best places to live in the state of Utah.

The unemployment rate is the 32nd lowest in the state at 3.1%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $92,618, and the average cost of a home is $319,400. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

We wouldn't be surprised if more and more publications call Salem one of America's gems.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,300
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $263,200 (37th best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.5% (1st best)
More on Providence: Real Estate | Data

Providence broke into the top ten best places to live in Utah on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.

It placed 1st overall for its low unemployment rate and the 33rd highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 12th shortest average commute time of any place in Utah.

Lehi, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 61,508
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $318,000 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (8th best)
More on Lehi: Real Estate | Data | Photos

It's obvious why Lehi ranks 9th in the state for best places to live: they have the 8th lowest unemployment rate and the 18th highest home values.

Plus, they're known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Lehi a great place to live.

Centerville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 17,221
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $297,600 (24th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (21st best)
More on Centerville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

We think the motto in Centerville should be "Everything is greater in Centerville," and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.

Centerville has some of the highest home values in Utah, and they're going up fast. Additionally, Centerville only has 3.3% of its residents living in poverty.

Crime is also well below the state average, making Centerville a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Utah

The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit cities with populations over 100,000 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn't fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities -- Populations over 5,000
  • Towns -- Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
  • Small Towns -- Populations below 1,000

This left us with 79 cities, 72 towns, and 137 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best cities to live in Utah have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be 'the best'.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Utah

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in Utah across a number of criteria from one to 79, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best Place To Live In Utah".

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data. You can download the data here.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Utah? That would be Farmington.

If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Utah.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Farmington at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Utah

If you're looking at areas in Utah with the best economic situations, where there's lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

Farmington made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Utah for 2020.

Best Towns To Live In Utah

  1. Hyde Park (Pop. 4,277)
  2. Mendon (Pop. 1,183)
  3. Mountain Green (Pop. 3,113)
  4. Midway (Pop. 4,468)
  5. River Heights (Pop. 2,059)
  6. Vineyard (Pop. 1,673)
  7. Morgan (Pop. 3,951)
  8. Millville (Pop. 2,014)
  9. Silver Summit (Pop. 4,245)
  10. Emigration Canyon (Pop. 1,772)

Best Small Towns To Live In Utah

  1. West Wood (Pop. 599)
  2. Wallsburg (Pop. 261)
  3. Peoa (Pop. 145)
  4. Aurora (Pop. 868)
  5. Woodland (Pop. 171)
  6. Eden (Pop. 832)
  7. Riverside (Pop. 554)
  8. Charleston (Pop. 568)
  9. Peter (Pop. 427)
  10. Fayette (Pop. 333)

If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Utah according to the data:

  1. Tooele (Pop. 33,805)
  2. Ogden (Pop. 86,126)
  3. South Salt Lake (Pop. 24,860)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Utah?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Farmington 23,208 2.2% $365,900
2 Highland 18,362 4.0% $536,100
3 Kaysville 30,961 3.1% $313,700
4 Mapleton 9,509 3.4% $390,100
5 Syracuse 28,342 2.1% $284,200
6 South Jordan 68,491 1.8% $379,200
7 Salem 7,808 3.1% $319,400
8 Providence 7,300 0.5% $263,200
9 Lehi 61,508 2.1% $318,000
10 Centerville 17,221 2.8% $297,600

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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