Located in the Mountain West region of the United States, Utah is well known for its national parks, the Great Salt Lake, Sundance Film Festival, and access to world-class skiing. Around 3 million people call this state home. If you want to become a Utah resident but don’t know what cities to consider, take a look at this list. We compiled the 10 fastest-growing cities in Utah that saw the most significant population increase over 5 years, from 2017 to 2021. So consider forging living in Salt Lake City for one of these cities that made the list.
#1: Herriman, UT
Taking the first spot on our list of fastest-growing cities in Utah is Herriman, UT. The city is famous for being home to a real-life version of Disney Pixar’s “Up” house. Herriman currently has a population of around 58,200, an increase of 49% from 2017.
While in Herriman, locals can check out the vibrant art and entertainment scene with entertainment venues such as Rosecrest Pavilion. Locals also enjoy a handful of restaurants, including La Garnacha, Guras Spice House, and Bout Time Pub & Grub Herriman. There are also many parks for locals to enjoy, including W & M Butterfield Park, J. Lynn Crane Park, and Rosecrest Splash Park.
#2: Lehi, UT
A great city with a central location between Provo, UT and Downtown Salt Lake City, UT, Lehi, UT offers its residents dozens of attractions and outdoor activities. Lehi saw a 26% increase in population to its current population of about 80,000.
There are a handful of unique things to do in the city, such as reading a book at Margaret Wines Park, Bandwagon Park, or Dry Creek Park, grabbing a bite to eat at Harvest Restaurant, Slapfish, or Braza Grill, exploring one of the museums like Hutchings Museum Institute or watching a show at Lehi Arts Center and Waterfall Amphitheater. There’s something for everyone living in Lehi.
#3: St. George, UT
St. George, UT, is best known for being home to Snow Canyon State Park. Within the city, there are numerous activities to check out are sure to keep you busy. If you are hungry and want a delicious bite to eat, check out Cappelettis Restaurant, Cliffside Restaurant, and Painted Pony Restaurant. Afterward, you can stroll through one of the countless parks like Thunder Junction Park and Vernon Worthen Park or go hiking in Snow Canyon State Park. Lastly, be sure to get tickets to a show at Cox Performing Arts Center, St. George Musical Theater, and Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center.
The population of St. George, UT is nearly 100,000, an 18% increase since 2017.
#4: South Jordan, UT
Best known for being located along the banks of Utah’s Jordan River with ample areas to fish and open spaces, South Jordan, UT makes number four on our list. The city’s current population is around 80,200, which is a 13% increase.
There are a lot of unique activities in South Jordan, from checking out South Jordan City Park, Skye Park, and Rushton Meadows Park to grabbing a bite to eat at Mi Ranchito Mexican Restaurant, Tsunami Restaurant & Sushi Bar, and R&R BBQ. If you love the arts and entertainment scene, make sure you check out Gale Center of History and Culture and Kensington Theatre.
#5: Layton, UT
Layton, UT, is well known for being one of the top economic development leaders in the region and is the fifth fastest-growing city in Utah. Layton saw a 9% increase in population since 2017 and currently has about 83,300 residents.
There are many things to do in Layton, Utah. Here are some ideas: visit the Layton City Museum, take a walk or bike ride along the Layton Canal Trail, visit the Hill Air Force Base Museum, explore the Layton Hills Mall, visit the Layton Hills Cemetery, check out the Layton Utah Temple, or have a picnic at Layton Commons Park.
#6: Draper, UT
Coming in at sixth, Draper, UT, is well known for its year-round paragliding and gliding activities because of its favorable winds. There are many great things to do in Draper, such as trying local cuisine at Garage Grill, Ridge Cafe, and Penny Ann’s Cafe, reading a book at Draper City Park and Galena Hills Park, or catching an event at Draper Historic Theatre and Draper Amphitheater.
The city saw an 8% increase since 2017 to its current population of about 51,750.
#7: Logan, UT
Wanting to make a move to Logan, UT? Known for its stunning scenery and easy access to outstanding fishing, biking, hiking, skiing, and golfing, Logan has a population of nearly 54,450, which is a 7% increase.
You may be wondering what there is to do in Logan. Many activities are sure to excite, from visiting museums like Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art to lounging at Merlin Olsen Central Park, Canyon Entrance Park, and River Hollow Park. Be sure to grab a bite to eat at MayMoes Cajun Grill, The Beehive Pub & Grill, or Angie’s, and later on, catch a show at Ellen Eccles Theatre, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, or The Yellow House in Logan.
#8: Millcreek, UT
Eighth on our list is Millcreek, UT, which is best known for its proximity to Mount Olympus, one of the most iconic and recognizable mountains in the state. It saw an increase of 6% to its current population of around 64,100.
If you are looking for something to do in Millcreek, UT, be sure to pay a visit to a handful of parks around the city, such as Big Cottonwood Regional Park, Scott Avenue Park, and Canyon Rim Park. You can also grab a quick bite at Stella Grill, Siam Orchid Thai Cuisine, and El Chihuahua Restaurant to taste what the city offers.
#9: West Jordan, UT
Known for being bordered by majestic mountain ranges and the Jordan River, West Jordan, UT, comes in ninth on our list of fastest-growing cities in Utah. Around 116,550 people call this city home, a 2.28% increase since 2017.
There are plenty of things to do in West Jordan, Utah! For outdoor enthusiasts, there are hiking and biking trails galore. The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is a great place to take the kids and adults will enjoy the Jordan Landing shopping center. The Oquirrh Mountains offer great opportunities for camping, fishing, and hunting, and Salt Lake City is only a short drive away for even more options.
#10: West Valley City, UT
Closing out our list at number ten is West Valley City, UT. The city is best known for being close to the hustle and bustle of Salt Lake City while living far enough away to avoid the inconveniences of city living. The population of West Valley City is around 139,100, which was a 2.04% increase.
There are a lot of activities to do in West Valley City. From parks like West Valley City Park, Hillsdale Park, and Peachwood Park to restaurants like Tonkotsu Ramen Bar, Fat Fish, and Myung Ga Restaurant. You can even watch a show at USANA Amphitheatre and West Valley Performing Arts Center if you like the arts and entertainment scene.
Methodology: Population growth was calculated over a 5-year span (2017 vs. 2021). Only cities with a population of over 50,000 were used, as anything smaller is considered a town. Population data sourced from the United States Census Bureau. Median home sale price data from the Redfin Data Center during July 2022. Average rental data from Rent.com during July 2022.
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