Best counties to raise a family in Utah

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June 3, 2021
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Best counties to raise a family in Utah

Known in other parts of the world as shires, provinces, or territories, the United States’ counties (also known in certain states as boroughs or parishes) date back to the 1600s, when settlers first came to find freedom from British rule. Today, those counties remain, with the 50 states divided into several, each with its own unique makeup.

For people looking to find a home to raise a family in, choosing a county is an important decision. Most families place affordable homes, safe neighborhoods, a quality school system, and family-friendly activities at the top of their wishlists.

Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to raise a family in Utah using data from Niche. Niche ranks counties based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, healthcare, recreation and weather.

The list features counties that boast some of the top schools and fun, family-friendly activities for every season. Keep reading to explore the best counties to raise a family. Maybe you’ll find one that suits your brood.

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#15. Sevier County

- Population: 21,280
- Median home value: $164,800 (78% own)
- Median rent: $703 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $54,799
- Top public schools: Monroe School (B), Pahvant School (B), Salina School (B)
- Top private schools: Sorenson's Ranch School (unavailable), High Top Ranch School (unavailable), Storm Ridge Ranch School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Richfield (B), Salina (B), Monroe (B)
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#14. Tooele County

- Population: 67,397
- Median home value: $223,400 (81% own)
- Median rent: $966 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $74,562
- Top public schools: Excelsior Academy (A-), Stansbury High School (B), Stansbury Park School (B)
- Top private schools: St. Marguerite Catholic School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Stansbury Park (B), Erda (B-), Grantsville (B-)
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#13. 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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#12. Box Elder County

- Population: 53,946
- Median home value: $203,600 (78% own)
- Median rent: $747 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $62,233
- Top public schools: Box Elder High School (B+), Garland School (B+), Fielding School (B+)
- Top private schools: Triumph Academy (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Perry (B+), Brigham City (B), Willard (B)
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#11. Millard County

- Population: 12,854
- Median home value: $155,000 (74% own)
- Median rent: $726 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $62,242
- Top public schools: Fillmore Middle School (B+), Millard High School (B), Delta Middle School (B)
- Top private schools: White River Academy (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Delta (B), Holden (B+), Fillmore (B+)
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#10. 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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#9. Beaver County

- Population: 6,517
- Median home value: $177,600 (74% own)
- Median rent: $717 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $55,221
- Top public schools: Belknap School (A-), Minersville School (A-), Minersville School (A-)
- Top private schools:
- Top places to live: Beaver (B), Milford (B-), Minersville (B-)
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#8. Morgan County

- Population: 11,664
- Median home value: $374,800 (85% own)
- Median rent: $1,182 (15% rent)
- Median household income: $91,341
- Top public schools: Mountain Green School (B+), Morgan Elementary School (B), Morgan High School (B)
- Top private schools:
- Top places to live: Morgan (B), Mountain Green (B), Enterprise (C+)
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#7. 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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#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. 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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#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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