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The 20 Safest Cities in Utah — 2016

Safest Cities in Utah 2016

There’s more to Utah than the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the greatest snow on earth. The Beehive State is home to five national parks, the Sundance Film Festival, and the world’s only ski-in distillery. The wholesome, family-centered values that Utah is known for are exemplified in our 20 safest cities.

Fifteen of Utah’s 20 safest cities are appearing on our list for the third time, and Smithfield remains in the number one spot for the second consecutive year. Over half of the 20 safest cities reported 10 or fewer violent crimes, and 17 cities had zero incidents of murder during the most recent FBI reporting period.

When it comes to property crime, these cities are equally impressive — especially when populations range from 4,500 to more than 55,000. Nine cities reported fewer than 100 total property crimes, and 90% had under 40 reported burglaries.

Utah’s safest cities range from the top to the bottom of the state, so you won’t be far from a safety-conscious community no matter where you call home. Learn more about crime prevention and home security by checking out our Utah Safety Directory. This comprehensive resource can help assure that your favorite Utah city achieves a stellar safety record like the cities on our list.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Utah

To identify the 20 safest cities in Utah, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 3,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

1. Smithfield 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.37 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.22

2. Santa Clara/Ivins 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.71
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.28

3. Highland 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.25 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.79

4. Pleasant Grove 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.42 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.85

5. Saratoga Springs 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.54
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.54

6. Santaquin/Genola 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.80

7. Grantsville 

Previous rank: 19

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.33 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.46

8. Syracuse 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.50 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.85

9. Mapleton 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.33 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.03

10. Salem 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.85
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.78

11. North Ogden 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.83
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.07

12. Ephraim 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.46 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.61

13. Clinton 

Previous rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.43
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.94

14. Farmington 

Previous rank: Not ranked 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.71
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.28

15. Spanish Fork 

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.21
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.98

16. Lehi 

Previous rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.68
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.68

17. Enoch 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.15
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.90

18. Hurricane

Previous rank: Not ranked 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.01
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.00

19. Bluffdale 

Previous rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.81
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.89

20. Perry 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.88
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.89

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 20?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21. Mount Pleasant 22. North Park 23. South Ogden
24. Sunset 25. La Verkin 26. Centerville
27. Bountiful 28. Springville 29. St. George
30. Lindon 31. Roy 32. Orem
33. American Fork/Cedar Hills 34. Clearfield 35. West Bountiful
36. South Jordan 37. Washington 38. Cottonwood Heights
39. Draper 40. Payson 41. North Salt Lake
42. Blanding 43. Brigham City 44. Cedar City
45. Sandy 46. Tremonton 47. Nephi
48. Moab 49. Richfield 50. Vernal
51. Roosevelt 52. Tooele 53. Ogden
54. Price 55. Riverdale 56. South Salt Lake
57. Salt Lake City

How safe is your home?

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

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