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.

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

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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 is known for having a great education system and has the 52nd shortest commute time.

Additionally, the unemployment rate in Kaysville is the 8th lowest in Utah and the median income is the 12th highest in the state.

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 a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Syracuse had the 10th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $88,284.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

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

With the unemployment rate being the 15th lowest in Utah and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Farmington.

Plus, the crime rate is the 33rd lowest in the state!

Highland, UT

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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

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

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 43rd lowest in Utah and the median income comes in at $122,666.

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

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 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 $95,858, and the average cost of a home is $347,700. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call South Jordan one of America’s gems.

North Ogden, UT

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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

If you don’t have a job in North Ogden, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 3.6%. 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 $78,598.

That’s actually not a bad idea…

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

The Woods Cross has the 7th lowest unemployment rate in Utah. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Woods Cross is higher than the national average and households make $78,750 per year.

We’d move to Woods Cross if we could in a heart beat.

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

Perhaps what makes Providence so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.

However, quality education isn’t all that makes Providence great. They also have the 36th highest median income and the 9th shortest commute time.

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 has a strong showing in our best places to live in Utah analysis, coming it at 9th 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, Cedar Hills is a great option.

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

The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Utah, as there were only 6 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 21st lowest in Utah (3.7%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.

Additionally, homes are the 43rd most expensive in Nibley ($219,200), meaning a lot of people want to live there.

Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $76,250 a year.

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

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