The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Utah For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh 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 2021.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Utah? That would be Heber.
the 2015-2019 American Community Survey for the 85 places in Utah with more than 5,000 people.

Here are the 10 most expensive places to live in Utah for 2021:

  1. Heber
  2. Fruit Heights
  3. Salt Lake City
  4. Provo
  5. Ivins
  6. Park City
  7. St. George
  8. Washington
  9. Murray
  10. Lindon

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

So hopefully Washington Terrace (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 2021

1. Heber

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Population: 15,699
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.7x (12th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 60.2x (17th most expensive)
More on Heber: Real Estate | Data

The median income in Heber comes in at $74,665 and the median home value is $348,100 for 2021.

2. Fruit Heights

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Population: 6,172
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 11)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.1x (26th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 58.4x (13th most expensive)
More on Fruit Heights: Real Estate | Data

The median income in Fruit Heights comes in at $97,488 and the median home value is $396,000 for 2021.

3. Salt Lake CitySalt Lake City, UT

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Population: 197,756
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.2x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 61.6x (23rd most expensive)
More on Salt Lake City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Salt Lake City comes in at $60,676 and the median home value is $314,500 for 2021.

4. ProvoProvo, UT

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Population: 116,403
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.5x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 55.7x (8th most expensive)
More on Provo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Provo comes in at $48,888 and the median home value is $271,300 for 2021.

5. IvinsIvins, UT

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Population: 8,530
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.9x (9th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 60.2x (18th most expensive)
More on Ivins: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Ivins comes in at $63,680 and the median home value is $312,300 for 2021.

6. Park CityPark City, UT

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Population: 8,375
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 9.3x (most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 74.2x (6most expensive)
More on Park City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Park City comes in at $111,000 and the median home value is $1,035,300 for 2021.

7. St. GeorgeSt. George, UT

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8
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Population: 84,500
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.9x (8th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 58.7x (15th most expensive)
More on St. George: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in St. George comes in at $58,259 and the median home value is $286,000 for 2021.

8. WashingtonWashington, UT

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8
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Population: 26,583
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.4x (18th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 56.9x (10th most expensive)
More on Washington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Washington comes in at $66,479 and the median home value is $291,900 for 2021.

9. MurrayMurray, UT

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8
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Population: 49,105
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.5x (15th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 58.1x (12th most expensive)
More on Murray: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Murray comes in at $64,470 and the median home value is $287,100 for 2021.

10. LindonLindon, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 10,912
Rank Last Year: 10 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.4x (16th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 66.6x (43rd most expensive)
More on Lindon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Lindon comes in at $90,978 and the median home value is $401,200 for 2021.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Beehive State For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 85 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 Heber. You can download the data here.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Utah For 2021

Well there you have it, the places in Utah that have the highest cost of living, with Heber 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. Washington Terrace
  2. Sunset
  3. Roosevelt

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 Heber 16.33 15,699 4.7x 60.2x
2 Fruit Heights 17.0 6,172 4.1x 58.4x
3 Salt Lake City 19.17 197,756 5.2x 61.6x
4 Provo 19.67 116,403 5.5x 55.7x
5 Ivins 20.0 8,530 4.9x 60.2x
6 Park City 21.0 8,375 9.3x 74.2x
7 St. George 21.67 84,500 4.9x 58.7x
8 Washington 22.33 26,583 4.4x 56.9x
9 Murray 22.33 49,105 4.5x 58.1x
10 Lindon 23.33 10,912 4.4x 66.6x
11 Midvale 25.33 33,318 4.3x 53.9x
12 Cedar Hills 25.33 10,209 3.5x 58.5x
13 Santa Clara 25.67 7,495 3.8x 57.7x
14 South Salt Lake 26.0 25,017 4.7x 52.7x
15 Holladay 27.0 30,636 5.0x 77.3x
16 Alpine 27.0 10,477 4.4x 74.3x
17 Logan 30.0 50,863 4.7x 54.8x
18 Hurricane 30.0 17,212 4.3x 56.6x
19 Lehi 30.33 64,006 3.7x 64.6x
20 Pleasant Grove 30.67 38,380 4.1x 63.5x
21 Orem 32.33 96,725 4.2x 62.5x
22 Moab 33.0 5,268 4.6x 61.7x
23 Ephraim 33.33 7,102 5.0x 62.0x
24 Bluffdale 33.67 13,403 4.2x 81.9x
25 Cedar City 34.0 32,067 4.5x 60.9x
26 South Jordan 34.0 71,198 3.9x 73.8x
27 Sandy 34.67 96,127 3.8x 72.0x
28 Cottonwood Heights 34.67 34,036 4.1x 76.1x
29 Riverton 36.0 43,250 3.4x 64.2x
30 Bountiful 36.33 43,901 4.1x 72.7x
31 West Haven 36.67 13,782 3.9x 67.0x
32 Eagle Mountain 37.0 32,412 3.4x 52.8x
33 Highland 37.0 18,726 4.0x 84.3x
34 Draper 37.33 48,000 4.0x 82.9x
35 North Logan 38.0 10,711 3.9x 65.3x
36 Herriman 38.67 40,149 3.7x 74.6x
37 Springville 41.0 32,952 3.8x 63.4x
38 American Fork 42.0 30,399 3.7x 66.6x
39 Mapleton 42.33 9,872 3.8x 96.8x
40 West Jordan 42.67 114,138 3.5x 65.6x
41 Woods Cross 43.0 11,340 3.5x 62.3x
42 Taylorsville 44.33 60,138 3.6x 62.9x
43 Saratoga Springs 45.33 29,161 3.3x 69.0x
44 North Salt Lake 45.67 20,402 3.6x 73.6x
45 Farmington 46.0 23,847 3.6x 90.4x
46 Syracuse 47.33 29,331 3.2x 65.8x
47 Spanish Fork 49.0 39,371 3.5x 69.6x
48 Plain City 49.67 6,867 4.0x 101.5x
49 Riverdale 49.67 8,752 3.7x 65.6x
50 West Bountiful 50.17 5,627 3.3x 69.6x
51 West Valley City 50.33 136,009 3.3x 58.9x
52 Clearfield 51.67 31,364 3.2x 54.9x
53 Centerville 51.67 17,404 3.4x 80.7x
54 Hooper 51.67 8,646 3.4x 79.5x
55 Richfield 53.0 7,731 3.9x 67.9x
56 Salem 53.0 8,099 3.4x 79.0x
57 Clinton 53.67 21,890 3.0x 61.0x
58 Santaquin 53.67 11,684 3.5x 72.4x
59 West Point 54.0 10,615 2.7x 61.2x
60 Enoch 54.33 6,738 3.4x 62.8x
61 Payson 54.33 19,842 3.4x 66.1x
62 Ogden 55.33 86,833 3.4x 61.2x
63 Kaysville 56.0 31,494 3.4x 105.1x
64 Providence 56.33 7,407 3.5x 82.2x
65 South Weber 57.67 7,381 3.1x 80.4x
66 Pleasant View 59.33 10,162 3.3x 89.5x
67 Tooele 60.0 34,535 3.1x 61.9x
68 Tremonton 60.5 8,638 3.6x 73.6x
69 Grantsville 60.67 11,021 3.5x 84.0x
70 Vernal 60.67 10,574 3.4x 66.0x
71 Layton 61.0 76,197 3.4x 75.8x
72 Harrisville 61.67 6,510 3.0x 65.7x
73 Nephi 62.33 5,969 3.5x 75.6x
74 Farr West 65.0 7,023 3.2x 95.7x
75 Brigham City 65.33 19,150 3.4x 72.4x
76 Smithfield 66.0 11,373 3.3x 78.6x
77 North Ogden 66.33 19,392 3.2x 82.2x
78 South Ogden 66.67 17,063 3.1x 71.2x
79 Roy 67.83 39,040 2.7x 66.0x
80 Price 69.67 8,265 3.2x 68.5x
81 Nibley 72.0 6,819 2.9x 86.4x
82 Hyrum 72.33 8,224 3.0x 73.4x
83 Roosevelt 73.67 7,041 3.1x 79.3x
84 Sunset 75.67 5,278 2.7x 72.6x
85 Washington Terrace 79.0 9,162 2.7x 77.4x

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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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