A+ Salt Lake City Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D Salt Lake City Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% higher than Utah
Salt Lake City
1066% more expensive than the US average
1033% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Salt Lake City cost of living
F Salt Lake City Crime Total crime is 165% higher than Utah
Total crime
6,907168% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 15168% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-27%Year over year crime is down
Salt Lake City crime
C- Salt Lake City Employment Household income is 19% lower than Utah
Median household income
$50,3539% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$31,1885% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%17% lower than the US average
Salt Lake City employment
B- Salt Lake City Housing Home value is 11% higher than Utah
Median home value
$248,70035% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$84411% lower than the US average
Home ownership
48%24% lower than the US average
Salt Lake City real estate or Salt Lake City rentals
F Salt Lake City Schools HS graduation rate is 4% lower than Utah
High school grad. rates
85%3% higher than the US average
School test scores
39%20% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:127% higher than the US average
Salt Lake City K-12 schools or Salt Lake City colleges

Living in Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City is a medium-sized city located in the state of Utah. The city has a population of 191,446 residents. If we look at the most recent Census, Salt Lake City is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. With an average age of 32 years old, Salt Lake City could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Salt Lake City might be a good fit as 74% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 56% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Salt Lake City could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Utah if you know where to look. To help you find the best places to live in and around Salt Lake City, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living, employment and more.

With a livability score of 64 out of 100, Salt Lake City is ranked #19,429 in the United States and #221 in Utah. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Salt Lake City scores well for amenities (A+) and housing (B-). Unfortunately for Salt Lake City, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), cost of living (D) and education (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Salt Lake City on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Salt Lake City: Temple Square, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and Family History Library.

Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in Salt Lake City is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 0.95%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Salt Lake City is real estate affordability. The median home price for Salt Lake City homes is $248,700, which is 10.7% higher than the Utah average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Salt Lake City, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.9, which is 36.1% higher than the Utah average. Real estate appreciation rates in Salt Lake City are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Salt Lake City homes comes in at 15.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 9.6%.

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Compare Salt Lake City, UT Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Salt Lake City, UT

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Wasatch Hollow, Salt Lake City782.93,188
Yalecrest, Salt Lake City782.63,768
East Bench, Salt Lake City763.58,443
Liberty Wells, Salt Lake City721.98,248
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Central City, Salt Lake City720.610,087
Bonneville Hills, Salt Lake City713.53,489
Downtown, Salt Lake City690.63,273
East Central, Salt Lake City681.720,893

Best Cities Near Salt Lake City, UT

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Ogden, UT7928.616,893
Layton, UT7822.272,413
Holladay, UT787.930,793
Centerville, UT7711.416,727
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Provo, UT7737.9115,718
Interlaken, UT7726.691
Kaysville, UT7718.829,799
Independence, UT7619.9152
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Ideal for Californians---turning into a liberal city. GREAT job market, however.

If you love snow and long winters, this place is for you!
If you're liberal, pro-LGBT and pro-refugee or from California like everyone moving here, you will LOVE it here. If you love busy cities, need a job that pays well, again, you will thrive. I left SLC and moved to Oregon because the congestion is horrible. Oh---before you think of moving your 5 kids and brood here from Utah, jobs are hard to get here, require a degree, written and spoken english and a background check. I have all of these and have not been able to find a well paying job in a month. Cars are more expensive and food is a lot of more expensive. The hardships were worth it for me, I have no kids and can rent a one bedroom. A $15 an hour job in SLC will be paid at $11-12 in Oregon at best. If you love a busy place, traffic and people who love boats, trucks and toys, Utah is waiting for you!...otherwise please don't follow me. We don't want Oregon turning into Utah.
  • 3 -4
Can't wait to move

Getting too crowded. It will take you 3 or more traffic lights to get through an intersection - even on a regular excursion in any town from North Ogden to south of Provo. Tons of high density housing is popping up everywhere, and we have an inferior infrastructure and public transit system that isn't efficient or cost-effective, and it simply cannot accommodate the crazy growth. And now because there's basically a "wildfire season", we basically have an inversion-type problem for over 60% of the year. It's horrible on the respiratory system. Oh, and if you are coming here for "solitude" in nature, guess what? so is the entire Salt Lake Valley. The canyons are beyond crowded and there isn't solitude or peace on most trails within a 30 minute drive of the valley. If you do want to live somewhere quiet, it's gonna cost you $$$. Buuuuut... downtown is a pretty good time - for a conservative state. That's the place to go to have a bit of fun in a city.
  • 2 -1
Slowly turning into California, accepting too many refugees

We are moving because the amount of refugees here is scary, it's in the hundreds of thousands to the point where you forget where you are and don't even recognize the neighborhoods. Most of the refugees are African and middle eastern men and not children, as it should be. We are going to surpass the amount of refugees Portland has by the end of this year. Meanwhile our city is flooded with our own homeless that go ignored, our disabled are told to get on "waiting lists" for housing while refugees get all available apartment housing immediately. Again these are healthy grown men, not women and children. I took a drive today and felt like I was in Detroit, not Utah. Diversity is great but this is overkill and will completely change the foundation and culture and charm that was once Salt Lake City. The mayor is a far-left nutjob obsessed with accepting all refugees while our locals go hungry. If you aren't worried about what's happening to SLC you should be. unfortunately Utah is known for a very passive type of response to everything, allowing itself to be overtaken by people who are slowly turning it into what's happening to France and Germany. Please open your eyes and contact your representatives. Refugee relocating is a huge business for the international rescue committee who does it to get tax breaks and kickbacks from major corporations and they are bringing them here faster than our city can keep up while our locals are denied housing. I have talked to several homeless who ended up on the streets because of this. Stop embracing change to the point where we lose control of our peace and community!!
  • 5 -11
MANY changes---full of crime, severe pollution, overcrowding and refugees

If youre in any way conservative, have common sense or want a quality way of life for your family or somewhere good to retire, AVOID Salt Lake City. Utah has some beautiful nature but its really not worth what's around it. We regret moving here every day. What were once nice parts of town and cute cities are now overflowing with crime and a very "ghetto" feel. We have a serious homeless problem because the far-left mayor is giving most of the affordable housing to refugees when we can't even provide enough services for our locals. Our shelters are filled with elderly people while young men from "Africa" get a nice new apartment, as well as M**uslims. Shame on you SLC and for bringing 60,000 migrants here to some of our best neighborhoods where people worked their ENTIRE LIFE TO NOT live next to a section 8 building full of refugees blasting rap music, partying and of course not working. LOTS of us are fed up. Housing crisis, dangerous air quality, horrible local politics and an EXTREMELY expensive cost of living...unless, of course, you wear a hijab. Move while you can...
  • 5 -15
Salt Lake City - Members Only!

Salt Lake City is one of my favorite cities in the west. I was born in Salt Lake, and still visit it often. I often meet people who have no interest in Salt Lake, because they associate it only with the Mormon Church. There's a lot more to Salt Lake than that! One of my favorite things to do in Salt Lake is to walk down South Main Street, in downtown just south of Temple Square, to look at its historic buildings and unusual stores. Lamb's Grill, Utah's oldest restaurant, is there, as well as the must-see Sam Weller's, a huge bookstore with both used and new books.

Salt Lake City also has a surprising number of good drinking and restaurant options located throughout the city. There are many brewpubs in downtown Salt Lake and near the University of Utah that offer unusual but delicious beers and good food. However, depending on where you go, you may have to pay a small "membership" fee to get in the door, due to Utah's unusual liquor laws.
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