The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Utah For 2021


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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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for families in Utah.

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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 2021 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 11,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 36 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.

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In Utah For 2021

  1. Farmington
  2. Kaysville
  3. Logan
  4. Syracuse
  5. Grantsville
  6. Springville
  7. Spanish Fork
  8. Clinton
  9. Tooele
  10. Payson

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 2021

Farmington, UT

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7
/10

Population: 23,847
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 68
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 48.7%
More on Farmington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kaysville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 31,494
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 50.6%
More on Kaysville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Logan, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 50,863
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 32.5%
More on Logan: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Syracuse, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 29,331
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 30
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 56.5%
More on Syracuse: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Grantsville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,021
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 58.2%
More on Grantsville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Springville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 32,952
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 33
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 55.4%
More on Springville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Spanish Fork, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 39,371
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 55.9%
More on Spanish Fork: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Clinton, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 21,890
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 51.5%
More on Clinton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Tooele, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 34,535
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 34
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 47.8%
More on Tooele: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Payson, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 19,842
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: North Las Vegas
Households with kids: 48.1%
More on Payson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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 11,000 people. For Utah, that meant a total of 36 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - 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. Cottonwood Heights
  3. Sandy

For more Utah reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Utah?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Farmington, UT 23,847 55
2 Kaysville, UT 31,494 61
3 Logan, UT 50,863 65
4 Syracuse, UT 29,331 41
5 Grantsville, UT 11,021 43
6 Springville, UT 32,952 37
7 Spanish Fork, UT 39,371 49
8 Clinton, UT 21,890 38
9 Tooele, UT 34,535 36
10 Payson, UT 19,842 42

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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.

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