These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Utah For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in Utah are the pits.

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Most Americans have never been to Utah. However, as the people who live there know, Utah is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Utah has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Beehive State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 133 of Utah’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Utah where you’d never want to live:

  1. Aneth
  2. Navajo Mountain
  3. Randlett
  4. Halchita
  5. Junction
  6. Myton
  7. Hanksville
  8. White Mesa
  9. Whiterocks
  10. Marysvale

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Utah has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Utah or the worst places to live in Utah.

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How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Utah, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 133 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

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1. Aneth


Population: 400
Median Income: $32,500
Median Home Value: $59,700

2. Navajo Mountain


Population: 462
Median Income: $27,500
Median Home Value: $86,700

3. Randlett


Population: 199
Median Income: $20,156
Median Home Value: $110,700

4. Halchita


Population: 507
Median Income: $23,636
Median Home Value: $82,300

5. Junction


Population: 189
Median Income: $40,000
Median Home Value: $146,400

6. Myton


Population: 541
Median Income: $42,083
Median Home Value: $125,000

7. Hanksville


Population: 126
Median Income: $33,750
Median Home Value: $137,500

8. White Mesa


Population: 108
Median Income: $9,167
Median Home Value: $152,400

9. Whiterocks


Population: 200
Median Income: $23,250
Median Home Value: $105,400

10. Marysvale


Population: 506
Median Income: $28,516
Median Home Value: $134,400

There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Utah

If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Beehive State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Utah, according to science.

  1. Best: Woodland
  2. 2nd Best: Peter
  3. 3rd Best: Wallsburg

For more reading, check out:

  • 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Utah
  • 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Utah
  • These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Utah For 2018
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Utah

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Aneth 1 400 $59,700
    Navajo Mountain 2 462 $86,700
    Randlett 3 199 $110,700
    Halchita 4 507 $82,300
    Junction 5 189 $146,400
    Myton 6 541 $125,000
    Hanksville 7 126 $137,500
    White Mesa 8 108 $152,400
    Whiterocks 9 200 $105,400
    Marysvale 10 506 $134,400
    Kingston 11 208 $159,100
    Glendale 12 215 $207,100
    Boulder 13 165 $232,500
    Virgin 14 480 $202,900
    Orderville 15 771 $129,300
    Circleville 16 739 $128,800
    Antimony 17 112 $104,200
    Hatch 18 172 $110,900
    Cornish 19 271 $161,400
    Levan 20 604 $146,400
    Emery 21 308 $108,800
    Hideout 22 847 $651,800
    Joseph 23 317 $123,000
    Vernon 24 332 $163,400
    Big Water 25 624 $150,000
    Ballard 26 846 $159,400
    Castle Valley 27 331 $270,000
    Escalante 28 705 $151,500
    Garden City 29 625 $249,000
    Henrieville 30 196 $123,600
    Kanosh 31 505 $146,900
    Plymouth 32 377 $132,400
    Hoytsville 33 598 $228,600
    Corinne 34 701 $156,000
    Loa 35 587 $152,100
    Bluebell 36 195 $226,500
    Neola 37 481 $150,000
    Elberta 38 188 $159,700
    Deseret 39 199 $112,500
    Central Valley 40 657 $231,700
    Amalga 41 620 $199,500
    Rockville 42 356 $430,400
    Apple Valley 43 966 $224,600
    Redmond 44 714 $130,300
    Hinckley 45 704 $116,900
    Fountain Green 46 999 $148,300
    Elsinore 47 773 $136,400
    Trenton 48 451 $175,000
    Benson 49 935 $195,500
    Alton 50 158 $204,200
    Sigurd 51 525 $140,100
    Wales 52 346 $150,800
    Torrey 53 328 $203,900
    Eureka 54 646 $109,900
    Goshen 55 869 $155,400
    Howell 56 251 $129,200
    Newcastle 57 288 $122,800
    Rush Valley 58 442 $174,100
    Kanarraville 59 329 $203,900
    Central 60 764 $166,200
    Koosharem 61 253 $130,600
    Tabiona 62 147 $160,700
    Cove 63 368 $178,600
    Cannonville 64 246 $118,800
    Elmo 65 356 $106,700
    Deweyville 66 427 $208,600
    Leamington 67 230 $160,300
    Lake Shore 68 731 $251,000
    Portage 69 285 $129,500
    Cleveland 70 516 $149,500
    Fielding 71 424 $152,100
    Thatcher 72 807 $151,000
    Palmyra 73 427 $280,900
    Springdale 74 420 $503,000
    Mayfield 75 400 $160,000
    Paragonah 76 592 $165,200
    Minersville 77 843 $141,300
    Stockton 78 725 $164,100
    Sterling 79 238 $172,900
    Snowville 80 110 $160,400
    Lyman 81 367 $195,800
    Bicknell 82 351 $219,800
    Wanship 83 529 $332,000
    Clawson 84 194 $175,000
    Samak 85 176 $234,700
    Kenilworth 86 240 $79,000
    Oak City 87 682 $140,300
    Bear River City 88 833 $168,400
    Holden 89 371 $159,000
    Independence 90 152 $250,000
    New Harmony 91 181 $258,300
    Randolph 92 585 $125,500
    Manila 93 164 $146,700
    Fairfield 94 139 $280,000
    Clarkston 95 679 $157,100
    Annabella 96 883 $180,200
    Meadow 97 269 $178,600
    Cedar Fort 98 356 $238,000
    Tropic 99 646 $206,000
    Dammeron Valley 100 504 $383,300

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