The 10 Best College Towns In Utah For 2022


Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our fifth time ranking the best college towns in Utah.
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Believe it or not, America has the best colleges in the world. It's been proven by data (and surveys) that the U.S. educational system is of the highest quality

It's actually not even close and Utah is home to a handful of them.

While we could debate which colleges within the are the 'best,' that's not the goal of this post.

Instead, ride along with us as we determine which college towns in Utah are the best.

You know, the type of places where there's energy and stimulation, but the type of place you can walk around at night. The happiest, chillest, most downright fun places where you can send your kids off to college where you won't break the bank, or worry about their well being.

Without further ado, here are the best college towns in Utah for 2022.

The 10 Best College Towns In Utah For 2022

  1. Ogden, UT
  2. Logan, UT
  3. Ephraim, UT
  4. Provo, UT
  5. Orem, UT
  6. Salt Lake City, UT
  7. West Jordan, UT
  8. Draper, UT
  9. West Haven, UT
  10. Murray, UT

While some of these may not seem like a 'real' college town per se, when you look at the numbers, it's hard to argue against.

And for those who live in Ogden, Logan and Ephraim - we tip our hats to you and we'll schedule a tour for next week. You can see where Ogden ranks in terms of the best college town in America.

Read on to find out more or for more on Utah check out:

The 10 Best College Towns In Utah For 2022

Ogden, UT
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 87,175
% Undergrad Pop.: 18.2% (5th best)
Median Rent: $872 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 456.0% (10th best)
Crime Rank: 10th best
More on Ogden: Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Colleges: Weber State University, Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College, Nightingale College

Logan, UT
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 51,266
% Undergrad Pop.: 34.9% (best)
Median Rent: $783 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 342.4% (4th best)
Crime Rank: 3rd best
More on Logan: Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Colleges: Utah State University, Bridgerland Applied Technology College, Stevens-Henager College

Ephraim, UT
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 7,222
% Undergrad Pop.: 20.8% (4th best)
Median Rent: $738 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 552.8% (12th best)
Crime Rank: best
More on Ephraim: Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Colleges: Snow College

Provo, UT
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 116,886
% Undergrad Pop.: 25.8% (2nd best)
Median Rent: $901 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 499.7% (11th best)
Crime Rank: 7th best
More on Provo: Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Colleges: Brigham Young University-Provo, Provo College, AmeriTech College-Provo

Orem, UT
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 97,883
% Undergrad Pop.: 21.6% (3rd best)
Median Rent: $1,057 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 385.4% (7th best)
Crime Rank: 5th best
More on Orem: Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Colleges: Utah Valley University, Utah College of Massage Therapy-Utah Valley, Stevens-Henager College

Salt Lake City, UT
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 200,133
% Undergrad Pop.: 11.3% (6th best)
Median Rent: $1,050 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 380.3% (6th best)
Crime Rank: 12th best
More on Salt Lake City: Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Colleges: Salt Lake Community College, University of Utah, Westminster College

West Jordan, UT
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 115,181
% Undergrad Pop.: 0.2% (9th best)
Median Rent: $1,269 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 367.8% (5th best)
Crime Rank: 9th best
More on West Jordan: Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Colleges: Broadview University-West Jordan, Taylor Andrews Academy of Hair Design-West Jordan

Draper, UT
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 48,594
% Undergrad Pop.: 0.0% (11th best)
Median Rent: $1,436 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 259.4% (3rd best)
Crime Rank: 6th best
More on Draper: Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Colleges: AmeriTech College-Draper, The Art Institute of Salt Lake City, Argosy University-Salt Lake City

West Haven, UT
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 15,003
% Undergrad Pop.: 2.0% (7th best)
Median Rent: $1,157 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 224.0% (best)
Crime Rank: 7th best
More on West Haven: Real Estate | Cost Of Living

Colleges: Stevens-Henager College

Murray, UT
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 48,969
% Undergrad Pop.: 1.1% (8th best)
Median Rent: $1,162 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 421.5% (9th best)
Crime Rank: 11th best
More on Murray: Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Colleges: ITT Technical Institute-Murray, Eagle Gate College-Murray, Cameo College of Essential Beauty

How'd we figure out the best college towns in Utah?

To crunch our data on Utah's best college towns, we had to first decide which qualities (or rankings) make sense to use in the data, and then crunch the numbers for our rankings.

First off, we firmly decided that only cities with a 4 year college should make the cut -- so there has to be at least one college granting bachelors degrees in town.

You might be surprised to hear that there are only 10 places in Utah with an institution of higher learning with that criteria.

Source of data include OpenStreetMaps, the College Scorecard, the U.S. Census, and FBI reporting data to include the following factors:

  • Students Make Up Large % of the Population
  • College-specific Factors
    • Graduation rate
    • Tuition Cost
    • Student Body Diversity
  • Town Characteristics
    • Safety
    • Affordability
    • Income and Employment Opportunities
  • Things to Do
    • Bars
    • Museums & Libraries
    • Population Density

We ranked each city across each of the criteria, with one being the best.

We rolled up the individual scores into the category and ranked them again based on the category.

Finally, we took the average rank across each category, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best College Town In Utah For 2022".

And it looks like Ogden placed Summa Cum Laude.

There You Have It -- The Best College Towns In The

If you're looking for the best college towns in Utah, you came to the right place.

These places all have great college sports programs, tons of stuff to do, and are great places to raise a family.

For more reading, check out:

10 Best College Towns In Utah

Rank City Population
1 Ogden, UT 87175
2 Logan, UT 51266
3 Ephraim, UT 7222
4 Provo, UT 116886
5 Orem, UT 97883
6 Salt Lake City, UT 200133
7 West Jordan, UT 115181
8 Draper, UT 48594
9 West Haven, UT 15003
10 Murray, UT 48969

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