These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Utah For 2019


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

Join RoadSnacks
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 . This is our fourth time ranking the worst small places to live in Utah.

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.

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 64 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:

So what is the worst small town to call home in Utah for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Milford 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.

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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 – 64 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.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,594
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $112,500 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.7% (2nd worst)
More on Milford:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,530
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $132,100 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.6% (8th worst)
More on Carbonville:  Data

La Verkin, UT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,225
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $150,800 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.0% (1st worst)
More on La Verkin:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,520
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $114,700 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (23rd worst)
More on Wellington:  Data

Salina, UT

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,512
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $112,500 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (11th worst)
More on Salina:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,640
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $120,600 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (18th worst)
More on Moroni:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,484
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $129,800 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (42nd worst)
More on Fillmore:  Data

Mount Pleasant, UT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,309
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $146,900 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.3% (4th worst)
More on Mount Pleasant:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,631
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $126,000 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (22nd worst)
More on Castle Dale:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,006
Rank Last Year: 11 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $166,200 (25th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 2.4% (50th worst)
More on Lewiston:  Data

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. 4,205)
  2. Mountain Green (Pop. 3,470)
  3. Midway (Pop. 4,683)

For more Utah reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Utah

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Milford 1,594 10.7% $112,500
2 Carbonville 1,530 8.6% $132,100
3 La Verkin 4,225 11.0% $150,800
4 Wellington 1,520 5.3% $114,700
5 Salina 2,512 7.8% $112,500
6 Moroni 1,640 5.9% $120,600
7 Fillmore 2,484 3.1% $129,800
8 Mount Pleasant 3,309 10.3% $146,900
9 Castle Dale 1,631 5.4% $126,000
10 Lewiston 2,006 2.4% $166,200
11 Genola 1,292 7.1% $285,900
12 Duchesne 1,826 2.9% $160,700
13 Panguitch 1,911 8.0% $179,700
14 Blanding 3,641 4.4% $159,900
15 Centerfield 1,416 3.8% $182,800
16 Rocky Ridge 1,235 0.2% $172,000
17 Huntington 1,849 5.6% $125,200
18 Kanab 4,448 4.7% $191,900
19 Gunnison 3,323 2.2% $159,200
20 Parowan 2,913 9.0% $162,900
21 Helper 2,031 4.1% $116,000
22 Delta 3,478 3.1% $137,700
23 Beaver 3,020 3.5% $156,800
24 Monticello 2,599 5.5% $161,900
25 Manti 3,420 4.7% $163,000
26 Naples 2,387 6.5% $193,900
27 Enterprise 1,663 3.5% $175,000
28 Ferron 1,560 3.6% $148,000
29 Goshen 1,058 2.4% $167,200
30 Fairview 1,477 9.7% $167,800
31 Kamas 2,126 1.4% $243,800
32 Garland 2,468 5.9% $146,400
33 Coalville 1,808 2.4% $222,300
34 Toquerville 1,943 5.9% $263,700
35 Orangeville 1,540 6.4% $130,500
36 Richmond 2,580 3.5% $182,700
37 Monroe 2,537 1.7% $167,000
38 Oakley 1,298 2.9% $292,800
39 Spring Glen 1,129 1.8% $145,500
40 Willard 1,875 2.8% $211,000
41 Elwood 1,091 4.7% $238,000
42 Maeser 4,267 5.0% $239,700
43 Paradise 1,147 9.5% $242,500
44 Benjamin 1,213 2.1% $356,000
45 Wellsville 3,641 1.9% $218,200
46 Honeyville 1,372 3.4% $212,200
47 Uintah 1,520 4.7% $240,100
48 Francis 1,171 0.8% $319,400
49 Erda 2,208 8.0% $347,700
50 Daniel 1,087 2.2% $387,300
51 Mona 1,450 1.7% $246,400
52 Elk Ridge 3,231 3.6% $327,500
53 Woodland Hills 1,465 4.5% $432,700
54 River Heights 2,028 1.5% $228,500
55 Millville 1,912 0.5% $204,900
56 Hyde Park 4,359 2.2% $250,400
57 Mendon 1,173 2.7% $251,500
58 Perry 4,717 1.6% $237,000
59 Emigration Canyon 1,931 1.2% $702,900
60 Morgan 4,058 1.0% $234,300
61 Vineyard 2,958 0.2% $385,700
62 Silver Summit 4,205 1.7% $717,600
63 Mountain Green 3,470 2.6% $449,500
64 Midway 4,683 2.3% $409,500

Like RoadSnacks on Facebook:

 Rankings 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *