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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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.

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.

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The 10 Best Places To Live In Utah For 2019

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

Kaysville 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 Kaysville has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 3.0% and lowering. And the Kaysville police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 6th lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?

Syracuse, UT

Overall SnackAbility

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 comes in at a close 2nd. They have the 10th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 10th highest median income as well, which means the people in Syracuse are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 27th best in the state.

Farmington, UT

Overall SnackAbility

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 is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 3rd best place in Utah?

Homes are priced around $313,900 and residents have the 60th shortest commute in Utah.

Highland, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/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 a strong showing in our best places to live in Utah analysis, coming it at 4th best.

It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.

If you’re thinking of moving to Utah, Highland is a great option.

South Jordan, UT

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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

South Jordan is another gem in Beehive State. The unemployment rate here is 10th lowest in the entire state at 3.1%. Other factors that make South Jordan so desirable is the solid education and home prices.

Homes are valued at $347,700, and parents earn a combined $95,858 a year

There’s nothing like the American dream.

North Ogden, UT

Source: Wikipedia
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

North Ogden takes 6th place on our list of best places in Utah for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (18th overall) and things to do.

North Ogden 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 $211,800 at the median.

Woods Cross, UT

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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

Woods Cross 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 Woods Cross. 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.

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

Providence is by far one of the best places to live in Utah: the math proves it! This city has the 2nd lowest unemployment rate and the 36th highest median income in all of Utah.

Plus, the median home values are the 3highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 20th lowest in the state, making Providence a safe and great place to live.

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

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Cedar Hills.

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 52nd lowest in Utah and the median income comes in at $88,735.

This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

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

When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Utah, Nibley came in 10th. Let’s see why.

It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.

Plus, Nibley has an impressive history for a place of just over 6,256 people. The median home costs a cool $219,200 and households make $76,250 which is good for 29th in Utah.

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 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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