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)
- Syracuse (Photos)
- Farmington (Photos)
- Highland (Photos)
- South Jordan (Photos)
- North Ogden (Photos)
- Woods Cross (Photos)
- Providence (Photos)
- Cedar Hills (Photos)
- Nibley (Photos)
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Utah.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Population: 17,544Rank 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
Population: 62,751Rank 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
Population: 18,289Rank 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.
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…
Population: 6,256Rank 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
- 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
- Sutherland (Pop. 170)
- Clear Creek (Pop. 16)
- Jensen (Pop. 112)
- West Wood (Pop. 599)
- Peoa (Pop. 145)
- Wallsburg (Pop. 261)
- Aurora (Pop. 868)
- Woodland (Pop. 171)
- Eden (Pop. 832)
- Riverside (Pop. 554)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Utah:
- South Salt Lake (Pop. 24,575)
- Ogden (Pop. 84,900)
- Price (Pop. 8,437)
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Detailed List Of The Best Cities In Utah
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