These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Utah


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

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Where are the best places in the state of Utah? They are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places where people have the best jobs, where residents are happily married, and where the sun shines the most.

And certainly, since crime is really low, every one wants to be there. It’s, literally, all sunshine and rainbows.

We looked at the 91 most populated cities in the Beehive State for this study. The cities at the top are places where things are going swimmingly right now, at least according to data, which measures the good things that people say they want in a city in Utah.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against. We had more than 10 million people read our worst cities in a state series, which was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including an NPR feature.

So we know what we’re talking about.

Here are the 10 best places to live in Utah:

  1. Summit Park
  2. South Jordan
  3. Cedar Hills
  4. Riverton
  5. Fruit Heights
  6. Kaysville
  7. Highland
  8. Cottonwood Heights
  9. Providence
  10. Nibley

We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty, ‘friendly people’ and community involvement), these are the best options in Utah for making a place home.

The worst city to live in Utah? Nephi. More on that later.

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How do you decide if a place is amazeballs or not?

In order to rank Utah’s best cities, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, good weather, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers for Utah

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used:

  • Strong schools
  • Low unemployment rates
  • High incomes
  • High home prices
  • Lots of sunny days a year
  • Low crime
  • Low cost of living

If you’d like to see the complete list of cities in Utah, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a link to the entire data set.

Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. This list is based on data, and is entirely unbiased. The cost of living is also based on an average of 100, so anything lower than 100 is more affordable.

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1. Summit Park

Best Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,435
Crime Index: 65
Cost Of Living Index: 152

When you look at the unbiased data, Summit Park, on the far fringes of the eastern Salt Lake City metro area, is the best place to live in the state. It’s very expensive, though.

2. South Jordan

Best Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,120
Crime Index: 56
Cost Of Living Index: 123

South Jordan is a beautiful city south of Salt Lake City, edged in a valley in between two huge mountain ranges.

3. Cedar Hills

Best Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,554
Crime Index: 30
Cost Of Living Index: 126

This is a rapidly-growing city on the northern fringes of Provo. It’s very safe.

4. Riverton

Best Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,480
Crime Index: 36
Cost Of Living Index: 122

Riverton is a quiet and safe place on the southern edge of the Salt Lake City area.

5. Fruit Heights

Best Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,057
Crime Index: 20
Cost Of Living Index: 122

Fruit Heights is desirable because it’s smack dab in between Ogden and Salt Lake City. However, that makes it a lot more expensive, in terms of home values.

6. Kaysville

Best Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,353
Crime Index: 62
Cost Of Living Index: 114

Kaysville is in the same general area. It’s a little more affordable than Fruit Heights, but a little more dangerous, crime wise.

7. Highland

Best Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,425
Crime Index: 20
Cost Of Living Index: 145

The city of Highland is just about as safe as you’ll get in Utah. It’s near both Provo and Salt Lake City.

8. Cottonwood Heights

Best Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,642
Crime Index: 86
Cost Of Living Index: 128

This Salt Lake City suburb sits along the base of the mountains and is a beautiful, but more expensive place to live.

9. Providence

Best Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,941
Crime Index: 27
Cost Of Living Index: 113

Like most small cities in the greater Logan metro area, Providence is safe and a very pretty place to live.

10. Nibley

Best Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,392
Crime Index: 119
Cost Of Living Index: 107

Nibley is in the Logan area. It’s a small place that’s more affordable than many other cities on this list.

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 30-minute drive of Salt Lake City is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Utah residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Other notable cities:
3rd Worst: Cedar City
2nd Worst: Ogden
Worst: Nephi

We also wrote about the 10 worst places to live in Utah, if you’re interested in reading that.

Detailed List Of Best Places To Live In Utah

City Rank Population Crime Index Cost Of Living Index
Summit Park 1 7,435 65 152
South Jordan 2 51,120 56 123
Cedar Hills 3 9,554 30 126
Riverton 4 38,480 36 122
Fruit Heights 5 5,057 20 122
Kaysville 6 27,353 62 114
Highland 7 15,425 20 145
Cottonwood Heights 8 33,642 86 128
Providence 9 6,941 27 113
Nibley 10 5,392 17.2 107
Holladay 11 26,570 57 136
Draper 12 42,212 70 141
Farmington 13 18,722 37 118
Syracuse 14 23,914 53 111
Sandy 15 87,952 88 121
South Weber 16 6,059 23 112
Lehi 17 47,180 46 116
Alpine 18 9,522 37 156
Smithfield 19 9,508 37 105
North Logan 20 8,248 59 110
Centerville 21 15,554 64 113
White City 22 5,309 40 105
Snyderville 23 6,008 114 176
Hyrum 24 7,579 35 98
Herriman 25 21,818 36 124
Pleasant View 26 7,966 51 119
Roosevelt 27 6,028 81 108
Farr West 28 5,827 13.7 112
Plain City 29 5,515 16.4 108
Lindon 30 10,093 63 118
West Point 31 9,466 23 104
Bluffdale 32 7,562 50 141
Heber 33 11,442 39 118
Vernal 34 9,218 109 105
Santa Clara 35 6,094 37 108
Pleasant Grove 36 33,330 54 110
Hooper 37 7,234 19.1 112
Park City 38 7,656 100 163
Mapleton 39 8,005 39 121
North Ogden 40 17,354 57 102
Clinton 41 20,201 65 100
West Jordan 42 103,846 95 105
Saratoga Springs 43 17,902 44 117
Woods Cross 44 9,775 74 106
Millcreek 45 62,088 79 110
Kearns 46 34,655 53 97
Logan 47 47,970 46 98
Bountiful 48 42,674 75 111
Murray 49 46,996 135 111
Orem 50 88,820 72 106
Salem 51 6,454 37 120
West Haven 52 10,230 64 113
North Salt Lake 53 16,127 88 109
Magna 54 27,572 62 94
Eagle Mountain 55 21,106 32 109
West Bountiful 56 5,259 89 108
Spanish Fork 57 34,547 54 104
Roy 58 36,854 79 94
American Fork 59 26,347 76 116
Layton 60 67,458 91 105
Provo 61 113,105 81 102
Taylorsville 62 59,098 113 103
Enoch 63 5,777 34 95
Springville 64 29,416 83 103
Salt Lake City 65 186,740 151 115
Payson 66 18,229 74 105
Washington Terrace 67 9,058 79 90
Midvale 68 28,484 127 107
Santaquin 69 9,118 49 106
South Ogden 70 16,447 88 96
Sunset 71 5,137 70 89
St. George 72 73,421 70 102
Washington 73 19,139 72 105
Tremonton 74 7,605 78 94
Ivins 75 6,856 42 104
Harrisville 76 5,553 105 96
Brigham City 77 17,934 85 95
Ephraim 78 6,085 83 100
Moab 79 5,031 123 107
Grantsville 80 8,931 61 105
Hurricane 81 13,840 74 99
Riverdale 82 8,415 117 97
South Salt Lake 83 23,732 163 100
West Valley City 84 129,123 121 96
Clearfield 85 30,086 86 94
Price 86 8,609 111 90
Richfield 87 7,526 91 96
Tooele 88 31,496 104 97
Cedar City 89 28,720 84 93
Ogden 90 82,749 124 87
Nephi 91 5,402 68 98

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