These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Utah For 2018


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

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out that we updated it for 2018.

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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:

  1. Kaysville (Photos)
  2. Syracuse (Photos)
  3. Farmington (Photos)
  4. Highland (Photos)
  5. South Jordan (Photos)
  6. North Ogden (Photos)
  7. Woods Cross (Photos)
  8. Providence (Photos)
  9. Cedar Hills (Photos)
  10. Nibley (Photos)

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Utah.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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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 5,200
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,200
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This left us with 79 cities, 72 towns, and 160 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 5,200 people to truly be ‘the best’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

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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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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.

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1. Kaysville


Population: 29,799
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $281,500 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (8th best)
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.

2. Syracuse


Population: 26,668
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Home Values: $256,100 (27th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (10th best)
Syracuse has a really low crime rate (7th lowest) and only 3.1% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($88,284). And that goes a long way.

The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Syracuse.

3. Farmington


Population: 21,983
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Home Values: $313,900 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (15th best)
The crime is the 33rd lowest in the state in Farmington, and there were only 14 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 Farmington earn $95,563 a year.

4. Highland

Highland, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,544
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Home Values: $461,500 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (43rd best)
Highland is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it’s affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.

Home prices clock in at $461,500 and households earn a median salary of $122,666. One could get used to that.

5. South Jordan

South Jordan, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 62,751
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Home Values: $347,700 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (10th best)
There’s two types of people who live in South Jordan. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $347,700 home there.

Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. South Jordan is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.

6. North Ogden

North Ogden, Utah

Source: Google Maps

Population: 18,289
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 14)
Home Values: $211,800 (49th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (17th best)
North Ogden has a really low crime rate (9th lowest) and only 3.6% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($78,598). And that goes a long way.

The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in North Ogden.

7. Woods Cross


Population: 10,930
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 14)
Home Values: $226,200 (38th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (7th best)
The Town of Woods Cross might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.

The crime rate in Woods Cross isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $226,200 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Utah.

If Woods Cross can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (2.9% is the 7th highest in the state.

8. Providence


Population: 7,122
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Home Values: $244,400 (31st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (2nd best)
Looks like little Providence might be a hidden gem in Utah. The population is shrinking a bit, despite the fact that home values are still rising ($244,400) and crime is really low (20th lowest in the state).

Perhaps the cat’s now out of the bag — quick better move in before prices go up more.

9. Cedar Hills


Population: 10,248
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Home Values: $320,000 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (52nd best)
If you don’t have a job in Cedar Hills, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 5.4%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $88,735.

That’s actually not a bad idea…

10. Nibley

Nibley, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,256
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 14)
Home Values: $219,200 (43rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (21st best)
Nibley 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 21st overall for its low unemployment rate and the 29th highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 8th shortest average commute time of any place in Utah.

Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best 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

  1. Hyde Park (Pop. 4,277)
  2. Mendon (Pop. 1,183)
  3. Mountain Green (Pop. 3,113)
  4. Midway (Pop. 4,468)
  5. River Heights (Pop. 2,059)
  6. Vineyard (Pop. 1,673)
  7. Morgan (Pop. 3,951)
  8. Millville (Pop. 2,014)
  9. Silver Summit (Pop. 4,245)
  10. Emigration Canyon (Pop. 1,772)

Best Small Towns To Live In Utah

  1. Sutherland (Pop. 170)
  2. Clear Creek (Pop. 16)
  3. Jensen (Pop. 112)
  4. West Wood (Pop. 599)
  5. Peoa (Pop. 145)
  6. Wallsburg (Pop. 261)
  7. Aurora (Pop. 868)
  8. Woodland (Pop. 171)
  9. Eden (Pop. 832)
  10. Riverside (Pop. 554)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Utah:

  1. South Salt Lake (Pop. 24,575)
  2. Ogden (Pop. 84,900)
  3. Price (Pop. 8,437)

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities In Utah

City Rank Previous Rank Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
Kaysville 1 1 29,799 3.0% $281,500
Syracuse 2 3 26,668 3.1% $256,100
Farmington 3 2 21,983 3.3% $313,900
Highland 4 5 17,544 5.0% $461,500
South Jordan 5 6 62,751 3.1% $347,700
North Ogden 6 20 18,289 3.6% $211,800
Woods Cross 7 21 10,930 2.9% $226,200
Providence 8 8 7,122 2.2% $244,400
Cedar Hills 9 10 10,248 5.4% $320,000
Nibley 10 24 6,256 3.7% $219,200
Cottonwood Heights 11 14 34,274 4.2% $333,000
Saratoga Springs 12 7 24,088 5.4% $267,800
Lehi 13 12 56,314 3.2% $265,800
Holladay 14 16 30,793 3.5% $355,300
Centerville 15 3 16,727 2.4% $252,500
Mapleton 16 25 9,014 5.8% $349,200
Bountiful 17 30 43,428 3.2% $257,300
Alpine 18 13 10,129 4.4% $454,000
Clinton 19 18 21,210 3.6% $192,200
Lindon 20 19 10,686 3.7% $333,900
Draper 21 11 46,399 3.8% $394,400
West Bountiful 22 9 5,436 3.8% $245,600
Salem 23 32 7,247 4.5% $277,600
Sandy 24 29 93,141 3.7% $289,000
Smithfield 25 17 10,629 5.3% $198,700
Pleasant Grove 26 28 36,678 4.9% $234,200
Pleasant View 27 22 8,940 4.0% $289,100
Fruit Heights 28 14 5,840 5.2% $346,400
Bluffdale 29 31 9,809 7.1% $395,400
Riverton 30 26 41,521 3.2% $284,200
Spanish Fork 31 34 37,565 4.0% $204,300
North Logan 32 33 9,820 5.1% $236,600
Farr West 33 36 6,406 2.8% $249,900
South Weber 34 27 6,762 6.5% $273,600
Hooper 35 40 8,062 3.0% $274,200
North Salt Lake 36 39 18,753 4.7% $241,100
American Fork 37 37 28,127 5.5% $230,400
South Ogden 38 35 16,893 3.7% $172,300
West Point 39 22 10,112 2.1% $213,700
Layton 40 37 72,413 3.8% $212,000
Eagle Mountain 41 42 26,219 2.2% $219,000
Springville 42 41 31,796 4.1% $209,800
West Haven 43 44 11,639 4.3% $266,000
Roy 44 46 37,853 4.8% $157,400
Orem 45 43 93,220 5.8% $215,200
Harrisville 46 49 6,071 6.6% $166,500
Santa Clara 47 61 6,704 9.7% $266,100
Herriman 48 51 29,176 6.4% $304,500
Heber 49 52 13,655 4.5% $271,100
Clearfield 50 47 30,483 5.2% $157,800
Hyrum 51 54 7,866 3.7% $167,200
Payson 52 48 19,480 4.4% $186,500
Murray 53 54 48,834 4.7% $236,200
West Jordan 54 49 110,928 5.2% $228,600
Logan 55 58 49,539 5.1% $164,000
Nephi 56 45 5,507 4.7% $161,900
Riverdale 57 63 8,636 4.8% $170,300
Ephraim 58 59 6,751 10.8% $193,100
Provo 59 56 115,718 5.8% $214,800
St. George 60 60 78,573 5.4% $223,200
Grantsville 61 57 9,862 6.5% $199,700
Washington 62 53 23,141 5.4% $226,000
Santaquin 63 62 10,372 3.9% $199,500
Moab 64 72 5,196 11.0% $223,200
Sunset 65 65 5,176 8.9% $134,900
Ivins 66 73 7,646 2.8% $220,900
Enoch 67 63 6,199 8.0% $146,800
Taylorsville 68 66 60,448 5.4% $192,800
Washington Terrace 69 69 9,150 6.9% $143,100
Tooele 70 74 32,783 8.7% $159,700
Vernal 71 67 10,588 7.0% $175,800
Tremonton 72 75 8,097 8.6% $157,700
Hurricane 73 70 15,106 6.8% $181,200
Richfield 74 71 7,566 6.7% $151,600
Midvale 75 76 31,659 5.4% $201,200
Roosevelt 76 68 6,714 6.5% $178,200
Price 77 77 8,437 9.4% $124,000
Ogden 78 78 84,900 7.1% $133,300
South Salt Lake 79 79 24,575 5.5% $174,100

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