4 Utah cities ranked in Top 100 ‘Best Places to Live’ by Money Magazine

Students play on the playground July 27, 2009 in South Jordan, Utah. Photo: Keith Johnson, Deseret News

Four Utah cities, including South Jordan and Orem, made Money Magazine’s 2012 Top 100 Best Place to Live in the U.S., released this week.

Orem, Sandy, South Jordan and St. George all made the list because they offer “strong job opportunities, great schools, low crime, quality health care and plenty to do,” according to Money Magazine.

South Jordan ranked the highest at 18 because of its growth rate and access to outdoor activities. The city also has the lowest divorce rate on the list at about 4 percent.

Sandy’s shopping centers and quick access to four world-class ski resorts helped make it No. 51 on the list. The city has attracted businesses such as E*Trade and Comcast.

Ranked just behind Sandy at 55, Orem is home to companies like WordPerfect, Novell and Omniture. Short commutes, friendly neighbors and numerous parks make the city family-oriented.

St. George’s close proximity to Zion National Park, along with high-quality care from Dixie Regional Medical Center, puts the city at 62 on Money Magazine’s list.

Utah had five cities make last year’s list, all of which were different from this year. Those cities included Draper, Farmington and North Salt Lake.

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  1. Diane

    There must be other reasons that Orem made the list as all of these businesses are no longer located in Orem and 2 of them no longer exist as named.

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