The 10 Best Counties To Live In Utah For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Utah have the most for people looking to make the move to Utah.

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

Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Utah a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes... if you know where to locate the best places to live in Utah.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Beehive State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn't our first rodeo -- we've been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Utah, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 29 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Beehive State for 2021.

Morgan County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Utah. And you might want to avoid Piute County if you can -- at least according to the data.

So if you're thinking of making the move Utah, we've got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Utah and the cheapest places to live in Utah.

The Best Counties To Live In Utah For 2021

1. Morgan County

Biggest Place: Morgan

Population: 11,664
Median Income: $91,341 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $374,800.0 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 236.9% (6th best)
More on Morgan County: Data

2. Summit County

Park City, UT

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Park City

Population: 41,103
Median Income: $102,958 (best)
Median Home Price: $641,900.0 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 168.3% (2nd best)
More on Summit County: PhotosData

3. Wasatch County

Midway, UT

Biggest Place: Heber

Population: 31,708
Median Income: $85,166 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $419,900.0 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 170.8% (3rd best)
More on Wasatch County: PhotosData

4. Davis County

Bountiful, UT

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Layton

Population: 345,767
Median Income: $83,310 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $290,300.0 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 274.5% (9th best)
More on Davis County: PhotosData

5. Daggett County

Biggest Place: Manila

Population: 613
Median Income: $75,417 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $170,800.0 (24th best)
Unemployment Rate: 96.8% (best)
More on Daggett County: Data

6. Utah County

Alpine, UT

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Provo

Population: 605,490
Median Income: $74,665 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $305,500.0 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 363.1% (16th best)
More on Utah County: PhotosData

7. Box Elder County

Brigham City, UT

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Brigham City

Population: 53,946
Median Income: $62,233 (13th best)
Median Home Price: $203,600.0 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 410.6% (19th best)
More on Box Elder County: PhotosData

8. Tooele County

Tooele, UT

Biggest Place: Tooele

Population: 67,397
Median Income: $74,562 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $223,400.0 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 481.3% (2best)
More on Tooele County: PhotosData

9. Cache County

Hyrum, UT

Biggest Place: Logan

Population: 124,165
Median Income: $59,038 (16th best)
Median Home Price: $236,500.0 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 258.4% (8th best)
More on Cache County: PhotosData

10. Rich County

Biggest Place: Randolph

Population: 2,389
Median Income: $57,902 (17th best)
Median Home Price: $202,500.0 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 182.3% (4th best)
More on Rich County: Data

How do you determine which Utah county is the best?

To give you the best county in Utah, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what's a "best county" and what isn't. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you'd make at a bar using facts, don't take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Utah across each of the criteria from one to 29, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the "Best County To Live In Utah".

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Beehive State.

Read on to see why Morgan County is the best county, while Piute County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Utah.

There You Have It - The Best Counties In Utah To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Utah can vary from one part of the state to the next -- who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that's why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here's a look at the worst counties in Utah according to the data:

  1. Piute County
  2. San Juan County
  3. Carbon County

For more Utah reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Utah

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Morgan County 1 11,664 $91,341 $374,800.0
Summit County 2 41,103 $102,958 $641,900.0
Wasatch County 3 31,708 $85,166 $419,900.0
Davis County 4 345,767 $83,310 $290,300.0
Daggett County 5 613 $75,417 $170,800.0
Utah County 6 605,490 $74,665 $305,500.0
Box Elder County 7 53,946 $62,233 $203,600.0
Tooele County 8 67,397 $74,562 $223,400.0
Cache County 9 124,165 $59,038 $236,500.0
Rich County 10 2,389 $57,902 $202,500.0
Juab County 11 11,301 $61,463 $223,000.0
Washington County 12 165,811 $59,839 $283,800.0
Salt Lake County 13 1,133,646 $74,865 $305,700.0
Weber County 14 251,498 $67,244 $220,600.0
Kane County 15 7,484 $47,044 $204,900.0
Iron County 16 51,213 $51,807 $213,600.0
Uintah County 17 36,084 $65,264 $197,000.0
Grand County 18 9,640 $51,557 $247,800.0
Emery County 19 10,117 $55,554 $140,200.0
Sanpete County 20 29,850 $53,838 $189,000.0
Beaver County 21 6,517 $55,221 $177,600.0
Wayne County 22 2,689 $44,245 $205,700.0
Sevier County 23 21,280 $54,799 $164,800.0
Millard County 24 12,854 $62,242 $155,000.0
Duchesne County 25 20,148 $63,224 $185,800.0
Garfield County 26 4,998 $54,565 $188,900.0
Carbon County 27 20,308 $51,158 $140,800.0
San Juan County 28 15,302 $45,394 $129,700.0
Piute County 29 1,866 $42,813 $179,500.0

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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