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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Salt Lake County is located in Utah with a population of 1,106,700. Salt Lake County is one of the best places to live in Utah. Living in Salt Lake County offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Salt Lake County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Salt Lake County and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Salt Lake County are above average.
Population
1,106,700

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$260,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,015
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Salt Lake County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    255
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    95.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    116.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    650.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,547.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    639.6
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

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Salt Lake County Reviews

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Salt Lake County is great! I have been living in the downtown area for the past five years. There are a variety of places to eat with everything from hamburgers to Ethiopian food. You are within driving distance of many beautiful hikes. The sports scene is not the best as the only professional team is the Jazz, but there are several minor league and college teams in the area that you can go see. Recently the market rate for housing has gone up so buying and renting is getting progressively more expensive. If you are looking to buy a house here now is the time. I work closely with the schools and can you from personal experience they are great no matter where you live. There are a wide variety of k-12 educational opportunities. It is starting to get crowded here so if you are looking to move now is the time to come to Salt Lake County.
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In general, I would suggest that SL County is a decent place to live.
However, I believe this is largely dependent upon individual preferences and the community that one chooses to reside in.
Nightlife is fairly poor compared to many other metropolitan areas in the U.S.
However, access to outdoor recreation opportunities is seemingly unparalleled.
The local public education system is fairly average, with relatively low spending per pupil.
The air quality is quite bad, and the area has a continental climate with large seasonal differences
Salt Lake County is quickly becoming more diverse and multicultural, particularly in West Valley City, South Salt Lake, Salt Lake City and Taylorsville.
There are many people from Latin America, the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina living in these areas.
The South Valley Cities are fairly homogeneous, however.
Overall, living in Salt Lake County has been favorable for me.
I have spent the majority of my life in Salt lake city. I was born here, received my education here and have many friends and family that still live here.
I love the variety of outdoor activities that can be participated in, depending on the time of year. We are known for the greatest snow earth and many can attest to that. If skiing or snowboarding aren't your thing, the mountains provide hundreds of trails that can that can be explore by bikers and hikers.
The people of Salt Lake City are extremely friendly and really know how to have fun! I would recommend this City to anyone!