10 Best Places To Live In Utah For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Utah.

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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 2019.

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 peaked 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 Kaysville. Kaysville also made our number one best Utah place to retire to for 2019. Coincidence? We think not. Kaysville 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 2019

Kaysville, UT

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10
/10

Population: 29,799
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $281,500 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (8th best)
More on Kaysville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kaysville is another great city in Utah with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.

Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: " We feel incredibly safe in Kaysville. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it's wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things."

Enough said.

Syracuse, UT

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7
/10

Population: 26,668
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $256,100 (27th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (10th best)
More on Syracuse: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Syracuse has a really low crime rate (7th lowest) and only 3.1% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($88,284). 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 Syracuse.

Farmington, UT

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7
/10

Population: 21,983
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $313,900 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (15th best)
More on Farmington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farmington is known for having a great education system and has the 60th shortest commute time.

Additionally, the unemployment rate in Farmington is the 15th lowest in Utah and the median income is the 7th highest in the state.

Highland, UT

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7
/10

Population: 17,544
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $461,500 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (43rd best)
More on Highland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Highland has the 43rd lowest unemployment rate in Utah. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Highland is higher than the national average and households make $122,666 per year.

We'd move to Highland if we could in a heart beat.

South Jordan, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 62,751
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $347,700 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (10th best)
More on South Jordan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Jordan ranks as the 5th best place in Utah for 2019. Let's take a look at why.

South Jordan has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. South Jordan's cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries - to the tune of $95,858 a year.

The knock? We can't really find one 🙂

North Ogden, UT

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 18,289
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $211,800 (49th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (18th best)
More on North Ogden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, North Ogden is a wonderful place to live in this state.

The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don't hurt either!

While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, North Ogden still holds its own in in Utah.

Woods Cross, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 10,930
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $226,200 (38th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (7th best)
More on Woods Cross: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there's A LOT of demand to live in Woods Cross.

Woods Cross ranked impressively high for its crime rate (23rd overall) and its short commute times (17th).

We think that's worth the price of admission.

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7
/10

Population: 7,122
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $244,400 (31st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (2nd best)
More on Providence: Real Estate | Data

Providence is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It's safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.

It's quite a gem tucked away in Utah.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,248
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $320,000 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (52nd best)
More on Cedar Hills: Real Estate | Data

Cedar Hills comes in 9th in our best places to live in Utah analysis.

Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (52nd overall) and crime rate (49th overall), Cedar Hills is the exact kind of place you'd want to live with a family.

Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Cedar Hills in our lists for years to come.

Nibley, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,256
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $219,200 (43rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (21st best)
More on Nibley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Nibley's unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 29th highest, making Nibley a great place to work and settle down if you're look for a stable job with a stable income.

Additionally, Nibley has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.

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 places 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.

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

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 Kaysville 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.

Kaysville made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Utah for 2019.

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. Price (Pop. 8,437)
  2. Ogden (Pop. 84,900)
  3. South Salt Lake (Pop. 24,575)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Utah?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Kaysville 29,799 3.0% $281,500
2 Syracuse 26,668 3.1% $256,100
3 Farmington 21,983 3.3% $313,900
4 Highland 17,544 5.0% $461,500
5 South Jordan 62,751 3.1% $347,700
6 North Ogden 18,289 3.6% $211,800
7 Woods Cross 10,930 2.9% $226,200
8 Providence 7,122 2.2% $244,400
9 Cedar Hills 10,248 5.4% $320,000
10 Nibley 6,256 3.7% $219,200

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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