Where are the best places in the state of Utah?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Beehive State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Utah.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 79 places in Utah, we came up with this list of the best places.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Utah for 2019:
- Kaysville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Syracuse (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Farmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Highland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- South Jordan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- North Ogden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Woods Cross (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Providence (Homes For Sale)
- Cedar Hills (Homes For Sale)
- Nibley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out Kaysville if you’re thinking of moving to Utah — it’s the best the Beehive State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Utah.
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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’.
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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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.
The 10 Best Places To Live In Utah For 2019
Kaysville is unequivocally the best place to live in Utah. Not only do they have the highest student expenditure in the state, meaning they place a very high value on their students’ education, but they also have the 12th highest median income.
Additionally, they have the 6th lowest crime rate, making it one of the safest city in Utah. If that wasn’t enough, their unemployment rate is only 3.0%%.
Overall, Kaysville is the place to live in Utah.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Syracuse one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.
They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Syracuse.
Farmington 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 15th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 7th highest median income of any place in our analysis.
However, it only has the 60th shortest average commute time of any place in Utah.
You might be surprised to see the Town of Highland so high on the list. Unless you live in Highland.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 5.0%, Highland residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Utah. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Highland is doing quite well.
Let’s be honest — Highland is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Taking its place as the 5th best place in Utah is South Jordan. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Utah.
It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.
An unemployment rate of only 3.1% helps thing too.
North Ogden 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 18th lowest unemployment rate, the 27th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you’re looking at science and data, North Ogden definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.
Woods Cross’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 26th highest, making Woods Cross a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.
Additionally, Woods Cross has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.
When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Utah, Providence came in 8th. Let’s see why.
It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.
Plus, Providence has an impressive history for a place of just over 7,122 people. The median home costs a cool $244,400 and households make $70,645 which is good for 36th in Utah.
Cedar Hills 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 Cedar Hills. 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.”
If you live in Nibley, you probably know how great it is already.
Nibley has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($76,250). And the crime is really, really low (20th lowest in Utah).
If we could afford to move here, we probably would.
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
- Hyde Park (Pop. 4,277)
- Mendon (Pop. 1,183)
- Mountain Green (Pop. 3,113)
- Midway (Pop. 4,468)
- River Heights (Pop. 2,059)
- Vineyard (Pop. 1,673)
- Morgan (Pop. 3,951)
- Millville (Pop. 2,014)
- Silver Summit (Pop. 4,245)
- Emigration Canyon (Pop. 1,772)
Best Small Towns To Live In Utah
- West Wood (Pop. 599)
- Wallsburg (Pop. 261)
- Peoa (Pop. 145)
- Aurora (Pop. 868)
- Woodland (Pop. 171)
- Eden (Pop. 832)
- Riverside (Pop. 554)
- Charleston (Pop. 568)
- Peter (Pop. 427)
- Fayette (Pop. 333)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Utah according to the data:
- Price (Pop. 8,437)
- Ogden (Pop. 84,900)
- South Salt Lake (Pop. 24,575)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Utah
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