These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Utah


We looked at years of science and data to determine which places in UT are really ghetto.

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There are lots of people who throw the term ‘ghetto’ around. But where is the actual ghetto in Utah?

How do you decide if a place is ghetto or not? You ask the internet. According to the Urban Dictionary, a ghetto is defined as:
“urban; of or relating to (inner) city life” and “poor; of or relating to the poor life.”

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where ghettos might exist in a state, and then put out a list.

After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as the most ghetto places in Utah:

  1. South Salt Lake (Photos)
  2. Riverdale
  3. Sunset (Photos)
  4. Moab (Photos)
  5. North Salt Lake (Photos)
  6. South Ogden
  7. Enoch
  8. Price (Photos)
  9. West Bountiful (Photos)
  10. Lindon (Photos)

Read on below to see where your home town ranked and why. Or, if this is not up your alley, read about the most redneck towns in Utah.

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What ghetto criteria did we use for Utah?

In order to rank the most ghetto places in Utah, we had to determine what criteria defines a ghetto city or neighborhood.

Since a ghetto is defined as a poor area, we used income levels, crime, and education levels as a guide to determine where the most broke citizens in the Beehive State live.

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Additionally, the staples of inner city life include cheap and discounted retail outlets.

We started by making a list of every place in Utah with more than 5,000 people based on the 2010-2014 American Community Survey. That left us with over 47 places in Utah.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Google Place data and FBI crime data in addition to the census, this is the criteria we used:

  • Household income levels
  • % Of adults without a high school diploma
  • Number of convenience stores
  • Number of drug stores
  • Number of discount stores
  • Crime

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a 10 mile radius of a city’s center.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis. Meaning number of stores per person in a city. Additionally, high school graduation rates are determined by looking at the total number of people who live in a city, not the current graduation rate of an area’s high schools.

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1. South Salt Lake

South Salt Lake, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,315
Median Income: $37,238
Drug Stores: 47
Discount Stores: 34

2. Riverdale


Population: 8,532
Median Income: $52,195
Drug Stores: 24
Discount Stores: 21

3. Sunset

Sunset, Utah

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,145
Median Income: $51,658
Drug Stores: 22
Discount Stores: 20

4. Moab

Moab, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,105
Median Income: $41,531
Drug Stores: 3
Discount Stores: 2

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5. North Salt Lake

North Salt Lake, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,465
Median Income: $69,945
Drug Stores: 22
Discount Stores: 15

6. South Ogden


Population: 16,702
Median Income: $54,685
Drug Stores: 25
Discount Stores: 19

7. Enoch


Population: 6,006
Median Income: $52,127
Drug Stores: 4
Discount Stores: 4

8. Price

Price, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,585
Median Income: $44,293
Drug Stores: 4
Discount Stores: 3

9. West Bountiful

West Bountiful, Utah

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,353
Median Income: $82,271
Drug Stores: 14
Discount Stores: 11

10. Lindon

Lindon, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,434
Median Income: $83,182
Drug Stores: 19
Discount Stores: 15

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Utah where there are a high number of poor and uneducated residents, and where there are a high number of discounted shopping stores, this is an accurate list.

Additionally, here are the least ghetto places in Utah:

  1. Lehi
  2. Saratoga Springs
  3. Grantsville

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Detailed List Of The Most Ghetto Cities In Utah

City Rank Population Median Income Drug Stores Discount Stores
South Salt Lake 1 24,315 $37,238 47 34
Riverdale 2 8,532 $52,195 24 21
Sunset 3 5,145 $51,658 22 20
Moab 4 5,105 $41,531 3 2
North Salt Lake 5 17,465 $69,945 22 15
South Ogden 6 16,702 $54,685 25 19
Enoch 7 6,006 $52,127 4 4
Price 8 8,585 $44,293 4 3
West Bountiful 9 5,353 $82,271 14 11
Lindon 10 10,434 $83,182 19 15
Sunset 11 5,145 $51,658 5
Clearfield 12 30,361 $48,158 18 16
Richfield 13 7,550 $42,363 3 3
Tremonton 14 7,833 $51,063 3 2
Sunset 15 5,145 $51,658 2 3
Roy 16 37,472 $60,100 23 21
Nephi 17 5,442 $55,066 1 2
Clinton 18 20,796 $71,865 24 21
Roosevelt 19 6,390 $60,613 1 2
Bluffdale 20 8,319 $88,731 27 11
Vernal 21 9,882 $54,947 3 2
Ogden 22 83,767 $40,937 16 15
Washington 23 20,999 $49,995 10 5
Salem 24 6,789 $74,495 6 4
Cottonwood Heights 25 33,932 $76,630 38 28
Mapleton 26 8,545 $84,094 10 9
Centerville 27 16,104 $76,478 11 8
Springville 28 30,649 $59,375 10 11
Payson 29 18,928 $59,591 5 4
North Ogden 30 17,743 $75,054 9 10
Hurricane 31 14,338 $45,213 3 4
Ephraim 32 6,303 $37,604 1 1
Farmington 33 20,440 $84,110 15 11
Smithfield 34 10,233 $57,697 4 5
Syracuse 35 25,374 $86,158 20 19
Tooele 36 32,164 $56,370 3 4
Pleasant Grove 37 34,858 $62,660 18 14
South Jordan 38 56,528 $91,228 40 24
Draper 39 44,656 $94,852 30 16
St. George 40 75,469 $48,188 9 8
Spanish Fork 41 36,337 $63,376 10 9
Orem 42 90,485 $54,048 18 16
Sandy 43 89,521 $78,048 41 21
Bountiful 44 42,947 $64,630 15 12
Grantsville 45 9,391 $65,818 4 2
Saratoga Springs 46 21,061 $76,682 12 6
Lehi 47 51,982 $74,200 21 10

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