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 Place 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
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 Town of Kaysville might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.
The crime rate in Kaysville isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $281,500 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Utah.
If Kaysville can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (3.0% is the 8th highest in the state.
It’s obvious why Syracuse ranks 2nd in the state for best places to live: they have the 10th lowest unemployment rate and the 27th highest home values.
Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Syracuse a great place to live.
Farmington ranks 3rd on our list of best places to live in Utah thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.
Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Utah that we examined.
People have been flocking to Farmington over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
Highland is another gem in Beehive State. The unemployment rate here is 43rd lowest in the entire state at 5.0%. Other factors that make Highland so desirable is the solid education and home prices.
Homes are valued at $461,500, and parents earn a combined $122,666 a year
There’s nothing like the American dream.
South Jordan is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 5th best place in Utah?
Homes are priced around $347,700 and residents have the 65th shortest commute in Utah.
The crime is the 9th lowest in the state in North Ogden, and there were only 5 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it’s even safer here than the numbers indicate.
The schools are some of the best in Utah, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in North Ogden earn $78,598 a year.
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Woods Cross. The crime is the 23rd lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Woods Cross make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $226,200 and households make $78,750 which is good for 26th in Utah.
Providence ranks as the 8th best place in Utah for 2018. Let’s take a look at why.
Providence has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Providence’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $70,645 a year.
The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂
Cedar Hills 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 Cedar Hills has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 5.4% and lowering. And the Cedar Hills police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 49th lowest in the state here.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?
Tiny Nibley (population 6,256) packs a big punch when it comes to desirability in the state of Utah.
It looks like the mayor has things going in the right direction: Crime is the 20th lowest in the state and incomes are the 29th highest. Top that off with the 20th most educated adult population and Nibley won’t be staying tiny for much longer.
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 2018.
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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