These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Utah For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Utah.

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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 | Homes For Sale)
  2. Syracuse (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Farmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Highland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. South Jordan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. North Ogden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Woods Cross (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Providence (Homes For Sale)
  9. Cedar Hills (Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

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

For more Utah reading, check out:

Mapping The Best And Worst 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 5,000
  • 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’.

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.

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

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

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.

Kaysville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 29,799
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $281,500 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (8th best)
More on Kaysville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, UT

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7
/10

Population: 26,668
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $256,100 (27th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (10th best)
More on Syracuse: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, UT

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7
/10

Population: 21,983
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $313,900 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (15th best)
More on Farmington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, UT

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7.5
/10

Population: 17,544
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $461,500 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (43rd best)
More on Highland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

South Jordan, UT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 62,751
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $347,700 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (10th best)
More on South Jordan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

North Ogden, UT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 18,289
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $211,800 (49th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (18th best)
More on North Ogden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Woods Cross, UT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 10,930
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $226,200 (38th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (7th best)
More on Woods Cross: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,122
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $244,400 (31st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (2nd best)
More on Providence: Real Estate | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,248
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $320,000 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (52nd best)
More on Cedar Hills: Real Estate | Data

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.”

Enough said.

Nibley, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,256
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $219,200 (43rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (21st best)
More on Nibley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

  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. West Wood (Pop. 599)
  2. Wallsburg (Pop. 261)
  3. Peoa (Pop. 145)
  4. Aurora (Pop. 868)
  5. Woodland (Pop. 171)
  6. Eden (Pop. 832)
  7. Riverside (Pop. 554)
  8. Charleston (Pop. 568)
  9. Peter (Pop. 427)
  10. Fayette (Pop. 333)

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

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

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Utah

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

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