The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Utah For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in Utah have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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If you want the best schools, the best parks, the best food, and some pretty awesome family friendly activities, look no further than Utah's best places for families to call home. And, folks, it's your lucky day. HomeSnacks is here to give you the ultimate guide: we've broken down the best places to raise a family in Utah for 2022 and the top ten list is below.

How did we determine Utah's most family friendly places? We consulted the US Census on places in Utah with more than 10,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 35 family friendly Utah places. This is also our second time ranking Utah's most family friendly cities, so trust us when we say that any family would be lucky to call one these places home. That's right, if you've already started a family or you're thinking about taking the plunge, we're sure that you've wondered where your family should live to experience the best that life has to offer. We're also pretty sure that the Utah has crossed 98.9% of every family's mind as having the best of the best. Heck, you can have your family mountain biking in Moab one minute and later snowboarding in Park City all in the same weekend.

Utah also has great places for every type of family on every type of budget. There are places like Saratoga Springs for the family that loves spending time outside, places like Salt Lake City for families who like the city life, and places like Provo for families who can afford to live in the most expensive places in Utah.

So, want to see a list of Utah's best places for families? Read on.

Utah does have beautiful summers, but super snowy winters; so for many the burning question is: what is it about Utah that makes over 3.1 million people--750,000 families happy to call it home? We'll tell you, point blank, it has a lot to offer.

So what is the number one best place to raise a family in Utah? That would be, Farmington.

If you want to see how Utah's other amazing best places to raise a family faired, take a look at the list below. And if you don't see your favorite there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Utah and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Utah For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 24,439
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Salt Lake City
Households with kids: 48.0%
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Farmington, UT

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 31,273
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 36
Closest Major City: Salt Lake City
Households with kids: 68.8%
More on Saratoga Springs: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Saratoga Springs, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,488
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 32
Closest Major City: Salt Lake City
Households with kids: 61.7%
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Grantsville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 33,251
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 34
Closest Major City: Salt Lake City
Households with kids: 52.6%
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Springville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,366
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Salt Lake City
Households with kids: 58.4%
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Syracuse, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 40,069
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Salt Lake City
Households with kids: 55.4%
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Spanish Fork, UT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 35,313
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Salt Lake City
Households with kids: 45.7%
More on Tooele: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Tooele, UT

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 38,474
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Salt Lake City
Households with kids: 42.2%
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Pleasant Grove, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 20,181
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Salt Lake City
Households with kids: 48.8%
More on Payson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Payson, UT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 115,181
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 81
Closest Major City: Salt Lake City
Households with kids: 45.0%
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West Jordan, UT

Methodology: How do you determine which place is best for families in Utah anyways?

To give you the places in Utah which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Beehive State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Utah, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Utah, that meant a total of 35 cities. You can download the data here.

Summary: The Best Places To Raise A Family In Utah

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Utah ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Utah according to the data:

  1. South Salt Lake
  2. Hurricane
  3. Washington

For more Utah reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Utah?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Farmington, UT 24,439 45
2 Saratoga Springs, UT 31,273 51
3 Grantsville, UT 11,488 48
4 Springville, UT 33,251 37
5 Syracuse, UT 30,366 51
6 Spanish Fork, UT 40,069 35
7 Tooele, UT 35,313 59
8 Pleasant Grove, UT 38,474 42
9 Payson, UT 20,181 58
10 West Jordan, UT 115,181 68

How Is The Area In ?

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best cities for families in Utah.

About Chris Kolmar

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