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UtahLocated in the western region of the country, the state of Utah is home to 2.9 million residents. Utah is the 31st most populated U.S. state, with 80% of its population living along the Wasatch Front, which is centered by the state capital of Salt Lake City. Much of the region’s culture is influenced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) as approximately 62% of those living in the state are members. Commerce here centers around education, mining, research and high-tech, tourism, and outdoor recreation. If you’d like to make Utah your next home, here are the 30 safest cities in the state.
Related: Check out our Utah Public Records guide.
Our list was compiled based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 216 for violent crime and 2,878 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Santaquin

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Located in Utah and Juab counties, the city of Santaquin is home to 9,100 residents.  The community sits southeast of Utah Lake on the summit between the Utah and Juab valleys, encompasses just 2.6 square miles, and is a gateway to the Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.  Santaquin is the safest place to live in Utah, with no violent crime at all and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.3%.

#2 Heber City

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A city in Wasatch County, Heber City is home to 12,900 residents.  Now considered a bedroom community for both Salt Lake City and Provo, the city has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state and supports nearby Park City winter recreation areas as well.  Another safe place to call home, the violent crime rate in Heber City is 8.4, and residents here have a .06% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#3 Alpine

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Located in Utah County, the city of Alpine is home to 9,500 residents.  Situated on the slopes of the Wasatch Range, the community is known for its mountain biking trails as well as its opportunities for back-trail hiking.  Also a safe choice, the violent crime rate here is 26.8, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Alpine is just .07%.

#4 Pleasant Grove

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Another city in Utah County, Pleasant Grove is home to 33,500 residents.  Known as “Utah’s City of Trees,” the community sits adjacent to Utah Lake and its annual Strawberry Days is longest running community celebration in the state.  The violent crime rate in Pleasant Grove is 28.7, and residents here have a 1.4% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#5 Centerville

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Located in Davis County, the city of Centerville is home to 15,300 residents.  The community sits on the eastern shores of the Great Salt Lake, encompasses 6.0 square miles of land, and has several historic properties.  The violent crime rate here is 31.6, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Centerville is 3%.

#6 Farmington

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A city in Davis County, Farmington is home to 22,100 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is considered a suburb of Ogden, has a popular amusement park, and was included on Money’s list of best places to live.  The violent crime rate in Farmington is 31.9, and residents have a 1.5% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#7 Lehi

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Located in Utah County, the city of Lehi is home to 47,400 residents.  Named after a prophet from the Book of Mormon, the community has several historic properties as well as a few tech companies such as Micron Technology and Adobe Systems.  The violent crime rate here is 36.5, and residents of Lehi have a 1.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#8 Spanish Fork

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A city in Utah County, Spanish Fork is home to 36,900 residents.  Settled by Mormon pioneers in 1851, the community now has several alternative energy projects and is known for its large-scale annual events such as its Icelandic Days, Festival of Colors, Fiesta Days, and Harvest Moon Hurrah.  The violent crime rate in Spanish Fork is 38.7, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.3%.

#9 North Ogden

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Located in Weber County, the city of North Ogden is home to 17,300 residents.  Just 3 miles north of the city of Ogden, the community sits at the base of Ben Lomond Peak and encompasses 6.5 square miles of land.  The violent crime rate here is 39.2, and residents of North Ogden have a 1.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#10 Syracuse

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A city in Davis County, Syracuse is home to 24,300 residents.  This fast-growing community is just 30 miles north of Salt Lake City and is bordered to the east by the Great Salt Lake.  The violent crime rate in Syracuse is 39.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is less than 1%.

#11 Kaysville

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Also located in Davis County, the city of Kaysville is home to 29,400 residents.  Originally known as Kay’s Creek, the community was settled in 1849, encompasses 10.5 square miles, and is the site of Cherry Hill amusement park, which has been open since 1967.  The violent crime rate here is 42.6, and residents of Kaysville have a 1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#12 South Jordan

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A city in Salt Lake County, South Jordan has a current population of 50,400 residents.  The community lies in the Salt Lake Valley near the Jordan River, is a Salt Lake City suburb, and is home to 27 parks, including a 120-acre equestrian park.  The violent crime rate in South Jordan is 44.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.9%.

#13 Orem

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Located in Utah County, the city of Orem is home to 84,300 residents.  Just 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, the community has a minor league baseball team, is the site of Utah Valley University, and was included on Forbes list of best places to raise a family.  The violent crime rate here is 44.6, and residents of Orem have a 2.3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#14 Clinton

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A city in Davis County, Clinton is home to 20,400 residents.  Considered a suburb of Ogden, the community was incorporated in 1936, encompasses 5.8 square miles, and continues to have a strong agricultural base.  The violent crime rate in Clinton is 57, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is just 1.5%.

#15 Logan

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Located in Cache County, the city of Logan has a current population of 48,900 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is just south of the Idaho state line and is the home of the main campus of Utah State University as well as the Utah Festival Opera.  The violent crime rate here is 64.4, and residents of Logan have a 2.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#16 South Ogden

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A city in Weber County, South Ogden is home to 14,300 residents (North Ogden was #9 on our list).  Settled in 1848, the community encompasses just 3.7 square miles and built a new city hall in 1983.  The violent crime rate in South Ogden is 76.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 1.8%.

#17 Payson

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Located in Utah County, the city of Payson is home to 18,900 residents.  The community was founded in 1850, has several historic properties, and is the site of the popular annual Scottish Heritage Festival and the Onion Days Festival.  The violent crime rate here is 84, and residents of Payson have a 3% chance of being affected by property crime.

#18 Bountiful

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A city in Davis County, Bountiful is home to 42,500 residents.  Considered a bedroom community to Salt Lake City, Bountiful is known for its mountain biking trails as well as annual festivals such as Handcart Days.  The violent crime rate in Bountiful is 84.3, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.1%.

#19 North Logan

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Located in Cache County, the city of North Logan is home to 8,700 residents.  Considered a suburb of Logan, the community was settled in 1890, sits on the east side of the Mt. Naomi Wilderness, and encompasses 6.9 square miles.  The violent crime rate here is 88, and residents of North Logan have a 2.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#20 American Fork

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A city in Utah County, American Fork is home to 26,200 residents.  Sometimes referred to A.F., the community lies north of Utah Lake at the foot of Mount Timpanogos, and is served by the Alpine School District.  The violent crime rate in American Fork is 90.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.1%.

#21 Draper

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Located in Salt Lake and Utah counties, the city of Draper is home to 42,200 residents.  This fast-growing community is 20 miles south of Salt Lake City and is the site of several large corporate call centers as well as the Utah State Prison.  The violent crime rate here is 98.6, and residents of Draper have a 1.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#22 Roy

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A city in Weber County, Roy is home to 36,800 residents.  Settled in 1873, this fast-growing community is just 6 miles southwest of Ogden and sits adjacent to Hill Air Force Base. The violent crime rate in Roy is 113.5, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2%.

#23 Springville

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Located in Utah County, the city of Springville is home to 29,400 residents.  Considered a southern suburb of Provo, the community is nicknamed the “Art City” and is known for its museums and annual events such as Art City Days and Springville World Folkfest.  The violent crime rate in Springville is 114, and residents here have a 2.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#24 Layton

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A city in Davis County, Layton is home to 72,200 residents.   The community is close to Ogden and Salt Lake City, sits adjacent to Hill Air Force Base, and has many large businesses including a historic downtown district.  The violent crime rate here is 121, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Layton is 2.7%.

#25 Provo

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The largest city on our list, Provo is in Utah County and has a current population of 112,400 residents.  The community is home to Brigham Young University, several tech companies such as Novell, Ancestry.com, and Qualtrics, and was included on Forbes’ list of best places for business and careers.  The violent crime rate in Provo is 127.5, and residents here have a 2.1% chance of being affected by property crime.

#26 Woods Cross

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A city in Davis County, Woods Cross is home to 11,000 residents.  Considered a suburb of Ogden, the community was settled in 1865, encompasses 3.9 square miles, and is served by the Davis School District.  The violent crime rate here is 129.1, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Woods Cross is 2.4%.

#27 North Salt Lake

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Also located in Davis County, the city of North Salt Lake is home to 19,100 residents.  Situated between Ogden and Salt Lake City, the community was incorporated in 1946 and encompasses 8.5 square miles of land.  The violent crime rate in North Salt Lake is 142.6, and residents here have a 2.8% chance of being affected by property crime.

#28 Hurricane

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A city in Washington County, Hurricane is home to 13,700 residents.  Settled in the mid-1800’s, the community encompasses 31.5 square miles, is served by the Washington County School District, and is known for its parks and trail system.  The violent crime rate here is 147, and the chance of being involved in a property crime in Hurricane is just 1.9%.

#29 Sandy

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Located in Salt Lake County, the city of Sandy is home to 87,400 residents.  Considered a suburb of Salt Lake City, the community sits at the base of the Wasatch Mountains and is the site of a large shopping mall as well as a popular soccer stadium.  The violent crime rate in Sandy is 162.6, and residents of the city have a 2.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#30 Clearfield

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A city in Davis County, Clearfield is home to 30,100 residents.  Considered a suburb of Ogden, the community is close to Hill Air Force Base, and some other large area employers include The Freeport Center, Lifetime Products, and Alliant Techsystems.  The violent crime rate here is 164.3, and residents of Clearfield have a 2.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

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