Known for having the "greatest snow on earth" and hosting the Olympics back in 2002, Utah has made a name for itself in the western United States. Over recent years, it has become a desirable place to live for anyone who loves the outdoors, whether it be for skiing and snowboarding, hiking or rock climbing.
Apart from the outdoor recreation it offers, Utah also has a very friendly, family-oriented environment and has seen a lot of tech companies pop up, attracting people of all ages and from all walks of life. However, each city in the state still has its own variety of offerings and culture. Check out the best places to live in Utah to find out if any of them might be right for you!
One of the most desirable areas in the Salt Lake Valley, Draper takes up the southeast corner, right up against the mountains. It's a little more expensive than other parts of the valley, but it also has a unique, secluded feeling. Many choose to live in the hills of Draper for the views you can get of the entire Salt Lake Valley — you can see all of the city lights without being right in the middle of them.
What was practically a brand new city only 10 years ago has quickly become a large suburb that's bustling with families and one of the best places to live in Utah. Herriman has a new high school that opened recently because it has so many kids attending school in the area, and it's still growing at a rapid rate.
Home to the well-known tech hub, Silicon Slopes, Lehi is another fast-growing city. It's only a 30-minute drive from Salt Lake and is close to just about everything one could ever need. It holds the Traverse Mountain Outlets, where you can find just about any type of store and eat at many restaurants. And if you're into the tech scene, you can explore all of the many companies setting up their headquarters nearby.
Logan is part college town, part farm country. Utah State University attracts students from all over the country and many enjoy attending sporting events (the USU football team recently had an incredible season) and exploring the mountains surrounding the city. There are also plenty of farms in Logan, including Gossner Foods, a food and dairy plant that's known throughout the nation for its Swiss cheese.
It has a small-town feel, but with many city amenities and conveniences. Plus, if you're up for a 30-minute drive, you can hang out at beautiful Bear Lake, with blue waters and mountain surroundings, for a weekend getaway.
An extremely family-oriented city, Orem is an older city that's seeing a revitalization to become one of the best places to live in Utah. Over the last handful of years, Orem has seen more young families move in, and the city works hard to put on great holiday celebrations, parades and community events. If you're looking to belong to an engaged group of community-oriented people, then this city might be the place for you.
Provo is mostly known for Brigham Young University, the large university run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As expected for a town with a university, lots of young college students are found there. However, what's slightly different is the number of married college students, many of which have babies and young children.
Provo might be one of the youngest cities you'll ever come across and there are lots of parks, restaurants and activities geared towards families and college students in the area.
Riverton is full of families of all sizes, many of which have elementary school-aged children, creating a lively environment. There are plenty of parks and open recreational areas created with these families in mind. Riverton is a fairly calm city that's mostly suburbs of single-family homes and low crime — a safe place for anyone, whether you've got a large family or are single and looking for something that's a slower pace.
Likely the most famous city in Utah, Salt Lake City is a vibrant place with lots to do. With mountains nearby, you can hike and enjoy winter sports at the many ski resorts. Or, if you're more of a city-dweller, there's always the downtown area that has plenty of great food, music, theater performances and even art to check out.
About 30 minutes from Zion National Park lies St. George, a warm and sunny city nestled into the red rocks of Southern Utah. Many retirees settle here due to the mild climate and many golf courses, but it's also becoming more popular among families and is a quickly-growing city. It's also great for anyone that loves to experience any type of entertainment, as it has plenty of hiking trails and is only two hours away from Las Vegas, where you can see shows and dive into the nightlife.
One of the larger cities in Utah, West Jordan is a suburb spanning the valley just southwest of Salt Lake, all the way to the base of the mountain where a copper mine lies. It has everything a family could need nearby, including many large grocery stores, shopping centers and parks.
Although it's a bigger city, with it being a suburb, it doesn't always feel that way and often seems more calm and quiet in comparison to places like Provo and Salt Lake.
It's not hard to find a good place to live in Utah. With the overall safety and family-focused approach, many find it easy to settle in here. And no matter where you live in the state, you're bound to find your next outdoor adventure, whether you like hanging out at the lake, skiing in the mountains or exploring the red rocks of southern Utah. Start your search and find apartments for rent in Utah.