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Best Suburbs of Salt Lake City

Thinking about moving to Salt Lake City? The SLC metro has a variety of safe, affordable, and active suburbs perfect for people at all stages of life—whether you’re just starting your career or already enjoying retirement. Check out this list of the five best Salt Lake City suburbs to figure out which one is right for you!

  • Bountiful
  • Centerville
  • Farmington
  • Kaysville
  • West Jordan

Bountiful

Look at Bountiful, UT on Top of a Hill with a Mormon Temple in View. Photo by Instagram user @davispaul.travel
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  • Home Price: $257,300 median purchase price; $917 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 72% of Utah cities
  • Perfect for: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Seeking somewhere safe and affordable to start your career, raise your kids, or spend your retirement? Look no further than Bountiful! This Salt Lake City suburb ranks among Utah’s 20 safest cities, has one of the hottest job markets in the state, and is home to the exceptional Davis School District with schools like Mueller Park Jr High and Bountiful High School. And with Downtown Salt Lake City just 15 minutes away, this suburb provides close proximity to big city amenities and job opportunities. Bountiful has something for everyone!

Things to Do in Bountiful

Tee off on a beautiful green overlooking the mountains at Bountiful Ridge Golf Club. Take your kids on a picnic, set them loose on the playground, or practice your swing on the tennis court at Five Points Park. Experience history first-hand as you visit exhibits, dwellings, and displays demonstrating local heritage at Bountiful Museum and Learning Center. Marvel at paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and other works of community art at Lamplight Art Gallery. Savor award-winning Chinese cuisine like Vegetarian Spring Rolls and Kung Pao Beef at Mandarin Restaurant. Grab a light lunch like Cranberry Nut Salad or a Ham & Swiss Panini at Plates and Palates. Order classic Margherita or Veggie pies, make your own, or dig into the hearty Quattro Carne at Arella Pizzeria. Or try South Asian dishes like Chicken Tandoori and Royal Paneer at family-owned Royal India.

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Centerville

View of Centerville, UT from Atop a Hill. Photo by Instagram user @kaylafbenson
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  • Home Price: $252,500 median purchase price; $1,085 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 43% of Utah cities
  • Perfect for: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Just 20 minutes north of Salt Lake City sits another of its best suburbs: Centerville. With an affordable cost of living and a low unemployment rate, Centerville is an excellent place to plant roots no matter what stage of life you’re in. With top employers in the healthcare, education, and retail industries, young professionals moving to Utah are bound to find plenty of job opportunities here. Centerville also has a lot of things to do and green space to explore, including a variety of parks and hiking trails. And parents can rest easy sending their kids to great local schools like J.A. Taylor Elementary and Centerville Junior High.

Things to Do in Centerville

Spend an evening laughing at side-splitting improv comedy by The Improvables. Test your aim with a bow at Wilde Arrow Archery‘s practice range. Go for a run among the natural wonders of the Centerville Canyon on Deuel Creek Trail. Rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard from Ashley’s Water Toys to take out on the Great Salt Lake. Enjoy high-quality sushi like Rainbow Rolls and Tunagi Rolls in a laid-back setting at Fuji Sushi. Head to Hug-Hes Cafe, where lunch items like the Reuben Sandwich and dinner entrees like Pan-Seared Alaskan Salmon keep people coming back for more. Order a hot and fresh Specialty Calzone, some Meat Lasagna, or the Big Z Pizza from Z Brothers Pizza. Or chow down on some Lo Mein or Sesame Chicken at Empire Chinese Restaurant, a casual joint with flavorful yet affordable entrees.

Farmington

View of Farmington, UT Atop a Hill at Sunrise. Photo by Instagram user @ryandtoone
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  • Home Price: $313,900 median purchase price; $1,032 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 81% of Utah cities
  • Perfect for: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

People moving to the Salt Lake City area will never be short on things to do in Farmington. From local water park Lagoon to its many natural attractions, this SLC suburb is a fun and exciting place to live. Moving to Farmington presents practical benefits, too. Farmington has low unemployment and future job growth projections that exceed the U.S. average by almost 10%. And this extraordinarily safe Salt Lake City suburb makes a wonderful place to raise a family, thanks to the presence of great schools like Eagle Bay Elementary and Farmington High School.

Things to Do in Farmington

Ride the Cannibal Coaster or make a splash on the Rattlesnake Rapids at one of the Salt Lake City area’s best amusement parks, Lagoon. Watch a local theatre production and see the stage come alive at Farmington Community Arts Center. Go birdwatching at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. Take a walk by the water or go fishing off the pier at Farmington Pond. Take your tastebuds south of the border as you try dishes like Chile Verde Enchiladas or Carne Asada Tacos at Francisco’s Mexican Grill. Wake up with a cup of locally roasted La Barba Coffee and a Croissant Sandwich to go with it at Caffe Torino. Try dishes like Moo Goo Gai Pan, Mongolian Beef, Cashew Shrimp, and more at beloved Chinese spot Chang’s Chopstix. Treat yourself to unique Belgian Waffle entrees like the Cheesy Chicken Pesto Waffle Sandwich at Waffled. Or have a delicious Santorini’s Style Pita Meal with Baklava for dessert at Santorini’s Greek Grill.

Kaysville

View of Kaysville, UT from on top of a Hill. Photo by Instagram user @peregrination_solo
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  • Home Price: $281,500 median purchase price; $760 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 88% of Utah cities
  • Perfect for: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Low crime rates, a below-average cost of living, and lots of green space await you in Kaysville. Although this Salt Lake City suburb may be located a little farther away from the city center than other suburbs, its residents can still get to Downtown SLC in just 25 minutes on I-15. Even so, you don’t have to leave Kaysville to get everything you need—the suburb is full of historic sites, beautiful scenery, and top-rated schools like Endeavour Elementary, Fairfield Jr High, and Davis High School!

Things to Do in Kaysville

Buy tickets to Cherry Hill Water Park, then spend the day swimming, relaxing on the lazy river, or watching your kids go down the water slide. Get in a game of volleyball or have a picnic at the pavilion at Barnes Park. Give axe-throwing a whirl at Hatchet Jaxe Axe Throwing. Hit the waves on the Great Salt Lake with a jet ski from Blue Wave Jet Ski Rentals. Watch local theatre and support fundraising efforts for cancer research all by attending a show at Hopebox Theatre. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the delicious Sweetrolls from Granny Annie’s Family Restaurant. Dig into a plate of Chicken Souvlaki then treat yourself to some Baklava at BC Chicken. Or fill up on unique pizzas like the Chicken Artichoke or Ten-Topper from David’s Pizza.

West Jordan

View of the Mountains from West Jordan, UT. Photo by Instagram user @matthewsolum
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  • Home Price: $228,600 median purchase price; $1,109 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 24% of Utah cities
  • Perfect for: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

West Jordan may be a suburb of Salt Lake City, but it’s got a lot more to offer than its close proximity to the state’s capital. Though, being just 20 minutes from Downtown SLC is certainly a bonus of living here. That aside, this thriving Utah city is one of the largest and fastest-growing in the entire state. Also, like many other Salt Lake City suburbs, West Jordan has a low unemployment rate, making it an attractive option for young professionals moving to Utah. Plus, families looking to settle down here with have a pick of numerous top-rated schools in the Jordan School District!

Things to Do in West Jordan

Stroll among more than 1,000 plants at the scenic and educational Conservation Garden Park. Take the whole family to Kennecott Copper Mine to learn about the history of mining and marvel at some of the Salt Lake City area’s most striking geologic wonders. Support small shops, attend seasonal events, and try delicious local restaurants at Gardner Village. Step back in time and visit the working blacksmith shop, original soda fountain, the historic Steadman Barn, and more at West Jordan Historical Museum. Enjoy New American plates like Fried Green Tomatoes or the locally beloved Pot Roast N’ Pan Drippin’ Gravy at Archibald’s Restaurant. Taste elevated Indian dishes from Chicken Saag to Paneer Masala and beyond at Bombay House. Or snack on hot wings with a cold pint of beer at The Black Sheep Bar & Grill.

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