10 Best Places To Live In Utah For 2019


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

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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What do 3 million Utah residents know that we don't? They know that the Beehive State has some of the best places to live in America.

And lucky for you, HomeSnacks has uncovered the top ten best places to live in Utah for 2019.

How'd we do this? We looked at Utah places with 5,000 or more residents. We took into account home prices, household income, education, and safety. Our conclusion, Utah is the land of plenty, you just have to know where to look. Not surprising, our top ten best places really brought their A-game. We can thank some of Utah's best places to live for Frito Lay and Skywest Airlines. And we can thank the other half for higher education institutions like The University of Utah and Brigham Young for educating the future of those companies.

So, what does it take to live in Utah's best of the best places? We suggest a good job. And the jobs that are keeping median incomes high and Utah's best places to live safe and enjoyable are in the medical field and education. More importantly, these jobs are keeping Utah's unemployment rate at 3% as well as one of the top ten least dangerous states in the country.

Have we peaked your interest? If so, keep reading.

The best places on our list are the best because the people in these places take affordable real estate, high incomes, and safe neighborhoods very seriously.

However, there can only be one number one best place to live in Utah, and that would be Kaysville. Kaysville also made our number one best Utah place to retire to for 2019. Coincidence? We think not. Kaysville has great people, amazing parks, gold star restaurants, and great shopping.

To see Utah's other best of the best places, take a look below. And if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.

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 10 Best Places To Live In Utah For 2019

Kaysville, UT

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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

Kaysville is feeling the love as it ranks as the best city to live in Utah for 2019.

It ranked highly because of its high incomes (12th overall) and low crime (6th overall and one of the best in the top ten).

We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like "The Place To Be In Utah".

Syracuse, UT

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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

Taking its place as the 2nd best place in Utah is Syracuse. 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 3.1% helps thing too.

Farmington, UT

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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

In Farmington, everyone loves to call Farmington home! The median home value is the 12th highest in Utah.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 15th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Beehive State.

Highland, UT

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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 takes 4th place on our list of best places in Utah for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (43rd overall) and things to do.

Highland is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $461,500 at the median.

South Jordan, UT

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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

By far the largest city at the top of our rankings, South Jordan has a well deserved spot on this list. Let's look at why.

It is a solid place to live due to the relatively low crime for a city its size and the fact that residents are employed at a high rate.

Plus, obviously, there's a boat load of things to do every day of the week.

North Ogden, UT

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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

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 North Ogden.

North Ogden ranked impressively high for its crime rate (9th overall) and its short commute times (64th).

We think that's worth the price of admission.

Woods Cross, UT

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9.5
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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

Woods Cross 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 Woods Cross 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 Woods Cross residents to work is significantly higher than average.

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7
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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

You might be surprised to see the Town of Providence so high on the list. Unless you live in Providence.

The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 2.2%, Providence residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Utah. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Providence is doing quite well.

Let's be honest -- Providence is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

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7
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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

Let's take a look at why Cedar Hills is a great place to call home for 2019.

There's low crime in Cedar Hills, and the residents here are gainfully employed (5.4% unemployment rate).

You can make Cedar Hills your home for only $320,000 which won't be too hard on a $88,735 household salary.

Nibley, UT

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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

Nibley 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 21st lowest in the state at 3.7%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $76,250, and the average cost of a home is $219,200. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

We wouldn't be surprised if more and more publications call Nibley one of America's gems.

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.

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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Where Are 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

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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