So What Are Utah's Best Cities to Live In?

Provo Utah Ranked #1 in USA for Best Overall Well Being

In a gallup poll released March 25th 2014 Provo Utah ranked first for overall well being.  More than 500,000 people across the country were interviewed and Provo topped the list of almost 200 cities.  Some of the criteria used to determine well being were do people feel safe in their neighborhoods, do they like their jobs, and do they feel healthy.  For more information see the article in USA Today.

According to the United States Census Bureau there are 2,855,287 people living in Utah as of 2012 with approximately 2/3 of Utah's population living between Ogden and Spanish Fork along the Wasatch front. There are literally dozens of cities so which are Utah's best?

Most recently ranked 3 Utah cities in the top 50 cities in America to live in.  These cities included Farmington at 14th, Draper at 25th, and Linden at 29th. So is Farmington the best city in Utah to live in?  I don't think most people in Utah would agree that Farmington is the best city in Utah to live in however it does have a lot going for it. It received praise for his close location for commuters to Salt Lake City and its outdoorsy charm as well as its 200 million Station Park Development, office space, housing, stores and many restaurants. Additionally Farmington has good public schools and low crime. Farmington has approximately 20,000 residents and is part of a larger metropolitan area just north of Salt Lake City. The median home price in Farmington is $281,047 as of 2012.

The city of Draper ranks 25th on's list of the best cities to live in America. Draper is certainly one of the best cities Drapre Templein Utah to live in. In my opinion the Draper\Sandy area is Utah's best area to live in for several reasons including, close proximity to Salt Lake City as well as its proximity to the Provo/Orem area. It is located within 30 minutes from 7 ski resorts including Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude, Park City, The Canyons & Deer Valley. This area also boasts some of Utah's finest dining with several restaurants, eateries, fast casual and fast food establishments. The ski resorts bring in millions and millions of dollars each year to the local economy. Residents have outdoor activities on all sides of them with easy access to the Jordan River Parkway to the West and Corner Canyon to the east with opportunities for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Draper's big employers include 1-800 Contacts and an eBay campus.

Linden which ranked 29th on CNNMoney' list is located just north of Provo-Orem metro area.  Linden is certainly not one of Utah's most recognized cities and probably shouldn't be with a population of just over 10,000 people but it is making noise for all the right reasons. Linden is home to 2 large tech companies, Tele-performance at USA and Symantec and has one of the lowest unemployment rates of 4.5% in the entire United States. Linden came in at #1 on the list of ease of living.

According to Outside Magazine 2013, Park City Is the Best Town in America. According to the magazine, there is no better blend of small-town friendliness, absurdly easy access and five-star culture than Park city Utah. On the downside it's a rather expensive Park Citywhen compared to most other communities in Utah. The median price home for a condo is over $400,000 and the median price home in Park City is $765,600 as of 2012. If you cannot afford to live there it is a great city to visit. It has very easy access to both downtown Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake City international Airport. Both are less than a 30 minute drive from Park City. In my opinion Park city has something magical about it. Whenever I visit Park City it always feels like Christmas regardless of the time of year. Park city offers great scenery, miles of biking and hiking trails, 3 world-class ski resorts, lots of open space and parks.


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