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:
- Summit Park
- South Jordan
- Cedar Hills
- Fruit Heights
- Cottonwood Heights
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.
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.
1. Summit Park
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
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
Crime Index: 30
Cost Of Living Index: 126
This is a rapidly-growing city on the northern fringes of Provo. It’s very safe.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
|North Salt Lake||53|
|Salt Lake City||65|
|South Salt Lake||83|
|West Valley City||84|