Worst Small Towns In Utah For 2020


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

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst small places to live in Utah.

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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 69 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:

These are the worst small towns in Utah for 2020:

  1. East Carbon
  2. Salina (Photos)
  3. Wendover
  4. La Verkin (Photos)
  5. Wellington
  6. Hildale (Photos)
  7. Milford
  8. Carbonville
  9. Mount Pleasant (Photos)
  10. Duchesne

So what is the worst small town to call home in utah for 2020? According to the most recent census data, East Carbon is the worst small town to live in Utah.

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.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Utah For 2020

1. East Carbon

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3
/10

Population: 1,341
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $60,000 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (22nd worst)
More on East Carbon:

Salina, UT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,526
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $107,000 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.3% (8th worst)
More on Salina:  Data | Photos

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4
/10

Population: 1,118
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $35,300 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 0.0% (74th worst)
More on Wendover:  Data

La Verkin, UT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,268
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $170,100 (26th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (7th worst)
More on La Verkin:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,491
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $121,700 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (11th worst)
More on Wellington:  Data

Hildale, UT

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,916
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $115,000 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (20th worst)
More on Hildale:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,651
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 6)
Median Home Value: $117,500 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (13th worst)
More on Milford:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,432
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 6)
Median Home Value: $137,200 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (9th worst)
More on Carbonville:  Data

Mount Pleasant, UT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,365
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $149,500 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.2% (5th worst)
More on Mount Pleasant:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,949
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $166,500 (23rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (36th worst)
More on Duchesne:  Data

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 determined the worst small towns to live in Utah for 2020

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census's 2014-2018 American Community Survey, 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 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot - 69 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.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

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. Silver Summit (Pop. 4,210)
  2. Midway (Pop. 4,881)
  3. Mountain Green (Pop. 3,732)

For more Utah reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Utah

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 East Carbon 1,341 4.7% $60,000
2 Salina 2,526 7.3% $107,000
3 Wendover 1,118 0.0% $35,300
4 La Verkin 4,268 8.1% $170,100
5 Wellington 1,491 6.8% $121,700
6 Hildale 2,916 5.2% $115,000
7 Milford 1,651 6.5% $117,500
8 Carbonville 1,432 7.1% $137,200
9 Mount Pleasant 3,365 10.2% $149,500
10 Duchesne 1,949 3.3% $166,500
11 Delta 3,497 3.4% $133,200
12 Castle Dale 1,532 6.6% $134,400
13 Fillmore 2,521 2.2% $133,700
14 Rocky Ridge 1,054 0.5% $226,000
15 Kanab 4,529 3.0% $195,800
16 Fountain Green 1,133 3.3% $161,200
17 Lewiston 2,104 2.3% $177,000
18 Huntington 1,926 6.1% $126,100
19 Hideout 1,123 0.9% $586,200
20 Genola 1,255 8.7% $324,400
21 Spring City 1,062 12.9% $186,000
22 Moroni 1,651 4.4% $153,900
23 Blanding 3,685 3.1% $167,600
24 Panguitch 1,773 3.5% $179,900
25 Gunnison 3,388 2.5% $161,000
26 Helper 2,051 3.6% $117,900
27 Parowan 2,965 6.1% $162,900
28 Ferron 1,516 4.5% $139,900
29 Naples 2,800 5.3% $209,000
30 Goshen 1,108 2.4% $176,100
31 Manti 3,468 3.1% $168,800
32 Fairview 1,319 6.0% $160,400
33 Enterprise 1,635 3.5% $195,200
34 Beaver 3,037 3.9% $184,700
35 Monticello 2,546 3.2% $171,400
36 Monroe 2,475 1.1% $170,900
37 Kamas 2,438 0.3% $263,100
38 Garland 2,487 3.4% $158,600
39 Centerfield 1,372 1.8% $194,600
40 Richmond 2,622 3.8% $192,300
41 Coalville 1,578 5.2% $238,100
42 Oakley 1,442 1.6% $333,900
43 Paradise 1,123 10.3% $260,200
44 Spring Glen 1,063 0.0% $143,500
45 Orangeville 1,443 3.2% $141,200
46 Maeser 4,392 5.7% $253,000
47 Marriott-Slaterville 2,142 2.9% $290,500
48 Vineyard 4,873 0.7% $402,700
49 Erda 2,666 11.2% $343,900
50 Emigration Canyon 1,828 4.2% $690,500
51 Francis 1,187 0.5% $361,500
52 Honeyville 1,538 0.8% $237,000
53 Willard 1,805 1.5% $223,200
54 Wellsville 3,698 2.1% $237,600
55 Mona 1,542 2.3% $246,000
56 Millville 1,911 0.5% $212,600
57 Woodland Hills 1,380 3.6% $454,500
58 Hyde Park 4,467 2.8% $261,900
59 Uintah 1,525 2.7% $265,300
60 Benjamin 1,017 0.0% $374,600
61 River Heights 2,002 1.2% $236,600
62 Daniel 1,092 1.8% $398,500
63 Perry 4,828 1.2% $253,400
64 Elk Ridge 3,460 3.0% $344,100
65 Morgan 4,138 1.3% $250,200
66 Mendon 1,110 2.0% $266,700
67 Silver Summit 4,210 1.4% $785,300
68 Midway 4,881 2.0% $427,100
69 Mountain Green 3,732 1.8% $447,800

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