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:
- 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.
Taking its place as the 1st best place in Utah is Kaysville. 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 3.0% helps thing too.
Syracuse 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 10th lowest in the state at 3.1%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $88,284, and the average cost of a home is $256,100. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.
We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Syracuse one of America’s gems.
Farmington has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.
Just about everyone who wants a job in Farmington has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 3.3% and lowering. And the Farmington police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 33rd lowest in the state here.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?
Highland has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Utah. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Highland is a real gem.
With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Highland residents to work is significantly higher than average.
The Town of South Jordan consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren’t any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?
Let’s see why South Jordan ranks so high. First of all, the homes in South Jordan are the 7th most expensive in the state of Utah, with the average home worth a whopping $347,700. We’re not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in South Jordan if they can afford it.
Other numbers that stand out: South Jordan residents have the 6th highest income in the state, and the 41st lowest crime numbers in Utah.
The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Utah, as there were only 5 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 18th lowest in Utah (3.6%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.
Additionally, homes are the 49th most expensive in North Ogden ($211,800), meaning a lot of people want to live there.
Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $78,598 a year.
You might be surprised to see the Town of Woods Cross so high on the list. Unless you live in Woods Cross.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 2.9%, Woods Cross residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Utah. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Woods Cross is doing quite well.
Let’s be honest — Woods Cross is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
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 Providence.
Providence ranked impressively high for its crime rate (20th overall) and its short commute times (9th).
We think that’s worth the price of admission.
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.”
Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Nibley 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, Nibley still holds its own in in Utah.
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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