The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Utah For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Utah have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

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Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Utah:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Utah, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Beehive State.

To do that we are going to look at places in Utah that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Utah at the moment? That would be Midway according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Utah for 2021.

The 10 Best Places To Buy A Home In Utah For 2021

  1. Midway
  2. Moab
  3. Sunset
  4. West Bountiful
  5. Nephi
  6. Fruit Heights
  7. Harrisville
  8. Enoch
  9. Nibley
  10. Plain City

What's the best place to buy a home in Utah for 2021? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in Utah and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Utah.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Utah For 2021

Midway, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,035
Median Home Price: $448,800
Population Change: 3.2%
Home Price Change: 5.1%
More on Midway: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Moab, UT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,268
Median Home Price: $237,700
Population Change: 0.2%
Home Price Change: 2.6%
More on Moab: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sunset, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,278
Median Home Price: $166,700
Population Change: 0.9%
Home Price Change: 9.0%
More on Sunset: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,627
Median Home Price: $314,500
Population Change: 0.9%
Home Price Change: 10.5%
More on West Bountiful: Homes For Sale | Data

Nephi, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,969
Median Home Price: $215,600
Population Change: 3.6%
Home Price Change: 15.9%
More on Nephi: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,172
Median Home Price: $396,000
Population Change: 1.2%
Home Price Change: 3.3%
More on Fruit Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Harrisville, UT

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,510
Median Home Price: $223,000
Population Change: 2.4%
Home Price Change: 9.3%
More on Harrisville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Enoch, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,738
Median Home Price: $208,700
Population Change: 3.1%
Home Price Change: 5.2%
More on Enoch: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Nibley, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,819
Median Home Price: $262,700
Population Change: 2.5%
Home Price Change: 9.5%
More on Nibley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Plain City, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,867
Median Home Price: $301,500
Population Change: 4.7%
Home Price Change: 14.2%
More on Plain City: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Utah for 2021?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Utah. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Utah with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2015-2019 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Utah with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Utah, only 87 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 87 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Midway is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Beehive State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In Utah for 2021

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Utah. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Utah

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Midway 1 $448,800 3.2% 5.1%
Moab 2 $237,700 0.2% 2.6%
Sunset 3 $166,700 0.9% 9.0%
West Bountiful 4 $314,500 0.9% 10.5%
Nephi 5 $215,600 3.6% 15.9%
Fruit Heights 6 $396,000 1.2% 3.3%
Harrisville 7 $223,000 2.4% 9.3%
Enoch 8 $208,700 3.1% 5.2%
Nibley 9 $262,700 2.5% 9.5%
Plain City 10 $301,500 4.7% 14.2%
Farr West 11 $292,900 2.7% 9.2%
Roosevelt 12 $199,600 1.2% 5.8%
Ephraim 13 $219,000 1.6% 4.8%
Vineyard 14 $413,000 45.8% 2.6%
South Weber 15 $337,800 3.1% 13.8%
Providence 16 $281,900 1.5% 7.1%
Santa Clara 17 $315,000 5.3% 3.7%
Richfield 18 $180,900 0.7% 11.4%
Salem 19 $331,900 3.7% 3.9%
Hyrum 20 $190,200 2.0% 10.0%
Price 21 $144,700 -0.2% 4.4%
Park City 22 $1,035,300 1.0% 4.4%
Ivins 23 $312,300 3.9% 16.9%
Tremonton 24 $191,800 2.4% 14.0%
Hooper 25 $330,300 2.2% 8.2%
Riverdale 26 $206,900 0.3% 11.0%
Washington Terrace 27 $172,800 0.3% 7.8%
Mapleton 28 $429,900 3.8% 10.2%
Pleasant View 29 $323,400 3.6% 4.3%
Cedar Hills 30 $371,300 -0.4% 4.1%
Alpine 31 $569,300 0.5% 5.1%
Vernal 32 $166,400 -0.7% 1.8%
West Point 33 $254,500 1.7% 7.0%
North Logan 34 $274,900 2.4% 6.2%
Lindon 35 $401,200 0.8% 5.1%
Grantsville 36 $254,700 4.3% 8.3%
Woods Cross 37 $268,700 0.5% 7.9%
Smithfield 38 $237,100 2.4% 6.1%
Santaquin 39 $251,600 4.8% 11.4%
Bluffdale 40 $485,400 10.6% 9.7%
West Haven 41 $301,900 6.7% 5.4%
Heber 42 $348,100 4.3% 10.9%
South Ogden 43 $213,800 0.3% 10.8%
Hurricane 44 $238,800 4.9% 11.2%
Centerville 45 $321,700 1.1% 8.1%
Highland 46 $559,600 2.0% 4.4%
Brigham City 47 $181,500 1.2% 6.6%
North Ogden 48 $263,800 2.4% 11.1%
Payson 49 $231,000 0.7% 6.3%
North Salt Lake 50 $303,200 1.9% 6.6%
Clinton 51 $243,400 1.3% 8.8%
Farmington 52 $386,500 2.8% 5.6%
South Salt Lake 53 $226,000 0.6% 9.5%
Washington 54 $291,900 4.7% 4.3%
Saratoga Springs 55 $340,700 6.6% 6.4%
Syracuse 56 $316,200 3.5% 11.3%
American Fork 57 $286,800 3.5% 8.1%
Holladay 58 $442,900 -0.4% 7.8%
Clearfield 59 $194,300 1.1% 11.5%
Kaysville 60 $339,500 1.7% 8.2%
Cedar City 61 $215,900 3.4% 4.5%
Eagle Mountain 62 $280,700 8.3% 10.3%
Springville 63 $260,200 1.1% 8.4%
Midvale 64 $261,400 1.3% 8.4%
Cottonwood Heights 65 $382,900 -0.4% 4.7%
Tooele 66 $195,300 2.2% 7.6%
Pleasant Grove 67 $296,900 0.8% 10.5%
Roy 68 $191,800 2.1% 10.3%
Spanish Fork 69 $273,600 1.8% 12.1%
Herriman 70 $375,100 12.7% 6.8%
Riverton 71 $349,600 1.3% 6.5%
Bountiful 72 $316,300 0.2% 8.8%
Draper 73 $469,000 1.3% 7.8%
Murray 74 $287,100 -0.0% 8.2%
Logan 75 $198,500 0.8% 9.4%
Taylorsville 76 $239,400 -0.3% 7.5%
Lehi 77 $353,100 4.1% 11.0%
South Jordan 78 $405,400 4.0% 6.9%
Layton 79 $260,400 1.5% 9.6%
St. George 80 $286,000 2.8% 9.2%
Ogden 81 $170,100 0.8% 11.8%
Sandy 82 $356,500 0.7% 6.7%
Orem 83 $272,000 1.4% 10.1%
West Jordan 84 $284,200 0.9% 8.6%
Provo 85 $271,300 0.2% 9.8%
West Valley City 86 $219,500 0.0% 10.0%
Salt Lake City 87 $314,500 1.1% 8.7%

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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.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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