The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Utah For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in Utah that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the most expensive places to live in Utah.

Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Utah does this very well. Families love the Beehive State's beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state -- and that's how we're going to help you.

These are the places in Utah that cost a pretty penny -- the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Utah for 2022.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Utah? That would be Midway.
the 2016-2020 American Community Survey for the 87 places in Utah with more than 5,000 people.

Here are the 10 most expensive places to live in Utah for 2022:

  1. Midway
  2. Alpine
  3. Vineyard
  4. Park City
  5. Ivins
  6. Salt Lake City
  7. Santa Clara
  8. Provo
  9. St. George
  10. Holladay

What's the most expensive place to live in Utah? Well, HomeSnacks crunched the numbers and discovered that Midway is the most expensive place to live in Utah.

So hopefully Hyrum (the cheapest place to live in Utah) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about Utah and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Utah For 2022

1. Midway

Midway, UT

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/10

Population: 5,210
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.3x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 43.0x (2nd most expensive)
More on Midway: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Midway comes in at $101,944 and the median home value is $536,800 for 2022.

2. Alpine

Alpine, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 10,509
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 15)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.1x (8th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 42.6x (most expensive)
More on Alpine: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Alpine comes in at $123,450 and the median home value is $625,800 for 2022.

3. Vineyard

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7
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Population: 8,628
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.2x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 55.5x (11th most expensive)
More on Vineyard: Real Estate | Data

The median income in Vineyard comes in at $80,868 and the median home value is $420,000 for 2022.

4. Park City

Park City, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 8,467
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 9.6x (most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 68.3x (47th most expensive)
More on Park City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Park City comes in at $114,798 and the median home value is $1,096,400 for 2022.

5. Ivins

Ivins, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 8,931
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.1x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 56.7x (16th most expensive)
More on Ivins: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Ivins comes in at $67,996 and the median home value is $349,600 for 2022.

6. Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 200,133
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.5x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 60.1x (19th most expensive)
More on Salt Lake City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Salt Lake City comes in at $63,156 and the median home value is $346,100 for 2022.

7. Santa Clara

Santa Clara, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,868
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 8)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.6x (16th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 53.4x (7th most expensive)
More on Santa Clara: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Santa Clara comes in at $74,531 and the median home value is $340,000 for 2022.

8. Provo

Provo, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 116,886
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 6.0x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 55.6x (12th most expensive)
More on Provo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Provo comes in at $50,072 and the median home value is $298,000 for 2022.

9. St. George

St. George, UT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 87,176
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.0x (9th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 55.1x (10th most expensive)
More on St. George: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in St. George comes in at $59,989 and the median home value is $302,300 for 2022.

10. Holladay

Holladay, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 30,461
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.2x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 71.0x (54th most expensive)
More on Holladay: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Holladay comes in at $92,635 and the median home value is $481,100 for 2022.

Methodology: How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Beehive State For 2022

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Utah
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it's actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2016-2020 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Utah to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a "Cost of Living Index" by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 87 places in Utah that have more than 5,000 people.

The place with the highest cost of living in Utah according to the data is Midway. You can download the data here.

Summary: Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Utah For 2022

Well there you have it, the places in Utah that have the highest cost of living, with Midway ranking as the most expensive city in the Beehive State.

Here's a look at the most affordable cities in Utah according to the data:

  1. Hyrum
  2. Washington Terrace
  3. Brigham City

For more Utah reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Utah

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Midway 3.33 5,210 5.3x 43.0x
2 Alpine 3.67 10,509 5.1x 42.6x
3 Vineyard 9.33 8,628 5.2x 55.5x
4 Park City 16.33 8,467 9.6x 68.3x
5 Ivins 16.67 8,931 5.1x 56.7x
6 Salt Lake City 17.0 200,133 5.5x 60.1x
7 Santa Clara 19.0 7,868 4.6x 53.4x
8 Provo 21.67 116,886 6.0x 55.6x
9 St. George 22.0 87,176 5.0x 55.1x
10 Holladay 22.33 30,461 5.2x 71.0x
11 Fruit Heights 22.33 6,205 4.4x 64.8x
12 Murray 23.67 48,969 4.8x 56.3x
13 Midvale 26.0 33,708 4.6x 53.8x
14 Heber 26.67 16,362 4.5x 65.8x
15 South Salt Lake 28.0 25,125 5.0x 51.3x
16 Moab 28.67 5,303 5.0x 52.0x
17 Cedar Hills 29.0 10,190 3.7x 60.5x
18 Draper 29.33 48,594 4.6x 78.4x
19 Orem 31.33 97,883 4.5x 62.1x
20 Pleasant Grove 31.67 38,474 4.2x 62.5x
21 Washington 32.0 28,192 4.4x 64.5x
22 North Salt Lake 32.33 20,721 4.2x 63.1x
23 Highland 32.33 19,012 4.1x 71.7x
24 Logan 32.67 51,266 5.0x 55.0x
25 Eagle Mountain 33.33 35,431 3.6x 53.3x
26 Lindon 33.67 11,072 4.5x 79.6x
27 West Haven 33.67 15,003 4.4x 69.8x
28 North Logan 34.33 10,978 4.2x 62.0x
29 Hurricane 34.33 18,112 4.5x 60.5x
30 South Jordan 35.33 73,695 4.0x 71.0x
31 American Fork 35.67 31,636 4.1x 62.7x
32 Lehi 35.67 66,980 3.7x 67.2x
33 Bluffdale 35.67 14,802 4.3x 81.1x
34 Cottonwood Heights 36.0 33,865 4.2x 74.1x
35 Sandy 36.0 96,137 3.9x 68.4x
36 Saratoga Springs 37.33 31,273 3.6x 63.4x
37 Salem 37.67 8,403 4.2x 71.0x
38 Herriman 38.67 45,211 4.1x 74.6x
39 Farmington 38.67 24,439 4.2x 81.7x
40 Riverdale 39.0 8,826 4.2x 56.7x
41 Riverton 39.33 43,793 3.7x 70.4x
42 Taylorsville 40.33 59,926 3.9x 60.1x
43 Mapleton 40.67 10,270 4.2x 91.4x
44 Springville 41.33 33,251 4.0x 62.9x
45 Bountiful 41.67 43,991 4.1x 72.9x
46 West Bountiful 42.67 5,724 3.4x 62.1x
47 Syracuse 43.0 30,366 3.3x 58.6x
48 Enoch 43.33 7,044 3.6x 48.2x
49 West Jordan 43.67 115,181 3.7x 66.8x
50 Cedar City 45.0 33,404 4.3x 64.9x
51 Spanish Fork 47.33 40,069 3.8x 69.8x
52 Providence 48.33 7,732 3.8x 73.0x
53 Payson 49.0 20,181 3.6x 62.6x
54 Clearfield 49.0 31,622 3.6x 55.8x
55 Ephraim 52.33 7,222 4.4x 76.9x
56 West Valley City 52.67 135,610 3.4x 60.2x
57 Centerville 55.33 17,527 3.5x 80.6x
58 Kaysville 55.33 31,957 3.6x 96.3x
59 Clinton 56.33 22,191 3.0x 61.1x
60 West Point 57.0 10,829 3.0x 65.9x
61 Woods Cross 57.0 11,423 3.5x 72.2x
62 Santaquin 58.0 12,276 3.7x 78.9x
63 Plain City 58.0 7,159 3.5x 147.0x
64 Farr West 60.0 7,197 3.6x 96.7x
65 Ogden 60.67 87,175 3.5x 64.2x
66 Layton 60.67 77,268 3.5x 74.8x
67 Pleasant View 61.33 10,460 3.4x 84.9x
68 Price 62.67 8,303 3.4x 62.2x
69 Hooper 63.0 8,850 3.3x 84.5x
70 Richfield 63.33 7,813 3.7x 70.5x
71 South Weber 63.33 7,631 3.1x 94.2x
72 Tooele 64.33 35,313 3.2x 63.1x
73 Nephi 64.33 6,168 3.7x 85.5x
74 Nibley 65.0 6,993 3.0x 68.7x
75 Harrisville 66.67 6,637 3.2x 71.2x
76 Grantsville 66.67 11,488 3.6x 96.0x
77 Roy 67.0 39,243 3.1x 66.5x
78 South Ogden 67.0 17,080 3.2x 67.7x
79 North Ogden 67.33 19,930 3.4x 90.5x
80 Vernal 68.0 10,449 3.4x 67.9x
81 Roosevelt 70.33 7,077 3.4x 73.9x
82 Tremonton 70.67 8,890 3.5x 79.2x
83 Smithfield 71.0 11,670 3.4x 79.9x
84 Sunset 71.33 5,309 2.9x 66.2x
85 Brigham City 72.33 19,336 3.4x 75.4x
86 Washington Terrace 74.0 9,181 3.3x 75.6x
87 Hyrum 78.33 8,415 3.3x 86.3x

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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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