Best counties to live in Utah

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June 17, 2021
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Best counties to live in Utah

What makes a particular county the best? Oftentimes, it's a good mix of opportunities for fun outdoor activities and cultural attractions. Throw in some historical sites, good schools, job opportunities, and affordable housing, and the county will most likely have happy residents.

Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to live in Utah using rankings from Niche. Niche ranks counties by a variety of factors including: public schools, educational attainment, cost of living, and housing.

Many counties on the list are experiencing growth due to their job opportunities, education, or home values. Others are adored for their historic or well-designed value, or devotion to cultural opportunities. Keep reading to see if your county made the list.

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#9. Iron County

- Population: 51,213
- Median home value: $213,600 (64% own)
- Median rent: $813 (36% rent)
- Median household income: $51,807
- Top public schools: DSU SUCCESS Academy (A), SUU Success Academy (A), Enoch School (B+)
- Top private schools: Moonridge Academy (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Cedar City (B+), Enoch (B), Parowan (C+)
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#8. Washington County

- Population: 165,811
- Median home value: $283,800 (70% own)
- Median rent: $1,015 (30% rent)
- Median household income: $59,839
- Top public schools: George Washington Academy (A+), Dixie High School (A), Crimson View School (A)
- Top private schools: Liahona Academy (A), Cinnamon Hills Youth Crisis Center (unavailable), Trinity Lutheran School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Santa Clara (B+), Washington (B+), St. George (B)
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#7. Wasatch County

- Population: 31,708
- Median home value: $419,900 (73% own)
- Median rent: $1,364 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $85,166
- Top public schools: Midway School (A), Old Mill School (A), Wasatch High School (B+)
- Top private schools:
- Top places to live: Heber (B+), Daniel (B), Midway (B)
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#6. Weber County

- Population: 251,498
- Median home value: $220,600 (73% own)
- Median rent: $891 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $67,244
- Top public schools: DaVinci Academy (B+), Lomond View School (B+), Fremont High School (B+)
- Top private schools: St. Joseph Catholic High School (A), Oakgrove School (B), St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: North Ogden (B+), Pleasant View (B+), Washington Terrace (B+)
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#5. Summit County

- Population: 41,103
- Median home value: $641,900 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,429 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $102,958
- Top public schools: Park City High School (A), Jeremy Ranch School (A), Parleys Park School (A)
- Top private schools: Park City Day School (unavailable), Little Miners Montessori School (unavailable), SAIL Academy (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Park City (A), Snyderville (A), Summit Park (A)
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#4. Utah County

- Population: 605,490
- Median home value: $305,500 (68% own)
- Median rent: $1,060 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $74,665
- Top public schools: Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy (A+), Utah County Academy of Sciences (UCAS) (A+), Timpview High School (A)
- Top private schools: American Heritage School (A), Liahona Preparatory Academy (A), Ivy Hall Academy (A)
- Top places to live: Highland (A), Alpine (A), Cedar Hills (A)
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#3. Salt Lake County

- Population: 1,133,646
- Median home value: $305,700 (67% own)
- Median rent: $1,118 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $74,865
- Top public schools: Beehive Science & Technology Academy (BSTA) (A+), Academy for Math, Engineering & Science (AMES) (A+), Salt Lake Arts Academy (A+)
- Top private schools: The Waterford School (A+), Rowland Hall (A+), Juan Diego Catholic High School (A+)
- Top places to live: Greater Avenues (A+), East Liberty Park (A+), Wasatch Hollow (A+)
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#2. Davis County

- Population: 345,767
- Median home value: $290,300 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,105 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $83,310
- Top public schools: Northern Utah Academy for Math, Engineering & Science (NUAMES) (A+), Viewmont High School (A), Davis High School (A)
- Top private schools: Layton Christian Academy (A), Dorius Academy (B+), Academy at Solstice (A)
- Top places to live: Kaysville (A), Centerville (A), Farmington (A)
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#1. Cache County

- Population: 124,165
- Median home value: $236,500 (63% own)
- Median rent: $803 (37% rent)
- Median household income: $59,038
- Top public schools: Bear River Charter School (A), InTech Collegiate Academy (A), Edith Bowen Laboratory School (A)
- Top private schools: Logan River Academy (unavailable)
- Top places to live: North Logan (A), River Heights (A), Providence (A)

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