The 10 Best Places To Retire In Utah For 2022


We analyzed over 37 places in Utah to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best places to retire in Utah.

Hey Utahns, if it's time to hang up your hat and start purchasing Colonial Penn, then HomeSnacks's list of the top ten places to retire in Utah for 2022 is meant for you.

However, before we divulge The Beehive State's best of the best places to retire, we need to tell you how we calculated our list. First, we looked at 39 Utah cities with at least 10,000 residents. To narrow down our list even further, we looked at the things that most retirees would consider "non-negotiables." And those are: affordable housing and/or rent, how close a place is to an international airport, and amenities that promote rest and relaxation...you are, afterall, retired.

That's right, so after you take a stroll through our list below, get out there and enjoy the great things that Utah has to offer to its 65 and older crowd. Like, world class skiing in Park City, a Denny's on every corner in Salt Lake City, and great places to sip wine, relax, and take in Utah's famous sunsets in Logan.

But what you shouldn't do is wait one more second to 'pull the chute' on a move to one of Utah's best places to retire: the state is currently one of the fastest growing state in the country, and it's not showing any signs of slowing down.

So, want to know where you can expect to find safe, reliable, fun places to retire in Utah? Keep reading.

Why did Farmington take the top spot? And where are West Jordan and Orem?

And, folks, since we shouldn't trust just anyone or any place to keep the country's retirees entertained, healthy, and safe, we're happy to report that Utah is one of the safest states in the country. More importantly, the number one best place to retire in Utah has not only conquered Utah's safety game, it scored a perfect 10/10 on our SnackAbility scale.

So, where's the best place to retire in Utah for 2022? Well, according to the latest data, that would be Farmington.

To see a list of the other places that made this Utah list, take a look below. And since you're retired, take an extra second to look at Utah's most dangerous places so you don't accidentally get yourself in a pickle.

For more Utah state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Utah For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 24,439
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $1,215
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
More on Farmington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farmington, UT

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 43,991
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,148
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
More on Bountiful: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bountiful, UT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,488
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $800
Distance to Closest Airport: 29 miles
More on Grantsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grantsville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 87,176
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6)
Median Rent: $1,088
Distance to Closest Airport: 111 miles
More on St. George: Real Estate | Data | Photos

St. George, UT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 87,175
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Rent: $872
Distance to Closest Airport: 30 miles
More on Ogden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ogden, UT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 35,313
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 7)
Median Rent: $1,042
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
More on Tooele: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tooele, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,112
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 11)
Median Rent: $957
Distance to Closest Airport: 123 miles
More on Hurricane: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hurricane, UT

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 10,270
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $1,208
Distance to Closest Airport: 50 miles
More on Mapleton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mapleton, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 115,181
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,269
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
More on West Jordan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Jordan, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,080
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Rent: $1,042
Distance to Closest Airport: 26 miles
More on South Ogden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Ogden, UT

Source: Public domain

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Beehive State for 2022

To create our list of the best places in Utah to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Beehive State -- 322 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 39 places from across the state.

For these 39, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 39, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Farmington, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Summary: Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Utah Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Utah goes to Farmington.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Lindon
  2. Bluffdale
  3. Heber

For more Utah reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Utah?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Farmington 24,439 $1,215
2 Bountiful 43,991 $1,148
3 Grantsville 11,488 $800
4 St. George 87,176 $1,088
5 Ogden 87,175 $872
6 Tooele 35,313 $1,042
7 Hurricane 18,112 $957
8 Mapleton 10,270 $1,208
9 West Jordan 115,181 $1,269
10 South Ogden 17,080 $1,042

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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.

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