The 10 Best Salt Lake City Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 43 places around Salt Lake City to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Salt Lake City suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Salt Lake City are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Salt Lake City for 2021:

  1. Farmington
  2. South Jordan
  3. Highland
  4. Alpine
  5. Bluffdale
  6. Cottonwood Heights
  7. Midway
  8. Holladay
  9. Kaysville
  10. Centerville

What's the best suburb of Salt Lake City? Farmington ranks as the best suburb of Salt Lake City for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Farmington, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Salt Lake City 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Utah:

The 10 Best Salt Lake City Suburbs To Live For 2021

Farmington, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,847
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $106,488
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Farmington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farmington is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Salt Lake City area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Farmington."

Everyone here is rich; families average $106,488 a year, which is the 7th highest in the Salt Lake City region. And only 2.46% are out of work. Homes average more than $386,500 each.

South Jordan, UT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 71,198
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $104,597
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on South Jordan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Jordan is the second best 'burb we looked at near Salt Lake City for 2021.

It ranks 9th for incomes in the area and only 4.33% of residents lack insurance, good for 13th best.

Highland, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 18,726
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $139,453
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Highland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Highland, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Salt Lake City metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Highland.

Alpine, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,477
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $129,239
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Alpine: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Alpine ranks as the 4th best suburb of Salt Lake City for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Alpine and the schools are some of the best around.

Bluffdale, UT

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 13,403
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $116,454
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Bluffdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Bluffdale.

Bluffdale gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Salt Lake City area, where houses sell for an average of $485,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 34,036
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Median Income: $93,564
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Cottonwood Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cottonwood Heights is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.04% which is 20th best in the area.

According to online reports, Cottonwood Heights is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Salt Lake City area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Midway, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,035
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $87,394
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Midway: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Midway.

Midway schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 26.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Holladay, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 30,636
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Income: $88,728
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Holladay: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Holladay is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 5.29% of people lack insurance, good for 19th in the area.

Kaysville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 31,494
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $99,597
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Kaysville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Kaysville?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Centerville, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 17,404
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $93,344
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Centerville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Centerville.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Salt Lake City for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Salt Lake City was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Salt Lake City.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 45 suburbs to evaluate around Salt Lake City.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 45 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Salt Lake City." We're lookin' at you, Farmington. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Salt Lake City 'Burbs of 2021

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Salt Lake City, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Salt Lake City Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Farmington, UT 23,847 $106,488
2 South Jordan, UT 71,198 $104,597
3 Highland, UT 18,726 $139,453
4 Alpine, UT 10,477 $129,239
5 Bluffdale, UT 13,403 $116,454
6 Cottonwood Heights, UT 34,036 $93,564
7 Midway, UT 5,035 $87,394
8 Holladay, UT 30,636 $88,728
9 Kaysville, UT 31,494 $99,597
10 Centerville, UT 17,404 $93,344
11 Cedar Hills, UT 10,209 $104,808
12 Saratoga Springs, UT 29,161 $102,531
13 Riverton, UT 43,250 $101,619
14 Syracuse, UT 29,331 $99,625
15 Draper, UT 48,000 $117,266
16 South Weber, UT 7,381 $107,848
17 Fruit Heights, UT 6,172 $97,488
18 Herriman, UT 40,149 $101,460
19 Sandy, UT 96,127 $94,018
20 Morgan, UT 4,184 $78,438
21 West Point, UT 10,615 $92,655
22 North Salt Lake, UT 20,402 $85,185
23 Park City, UT 8,375 $111,000
24 Bountiful, UT 43,901 $77,823
25 West Bountiful, UT 5,627 $95,652
26 Lehi, UT 64,006 $95,510
27 Clinton, UT 21,890 $82,161
28 Lindon, UT 10,912 $90,978
29 South Ogden, UT 17,063 $68,585
30 American Fork, UT 30,399 $77,857
31 Murray, UT 49,105 $64,470
32 Pleasant Grove, UT 38,380 $72,327
33 Layton, UT 76,197 $77,426
34 Woods Cross, UT 11,340 $77,433
35 West Jordan, UT 114,138 $80,955
36 Roy, UT 39,040 $70,032
37 Clearfield, UT 31,364 $60,260
38 Washington Terrace, UT 9,162 $63,503
39 Taylorsville, UT 60,138 $66,311
40 Midvale, UT 33,318 $60,216
41 West Valley City, UT 136,009 $66,342
42 Sunset, UT 5,278 $62,281
43 Tooele, UT 34,535 $63,851
44 Riverdale, UT 8,752 $56,000
45 South Salt Lake, UT 25,017 $47,813

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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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