For retirees who enjoy all four seasons, the state of Utah is sure to please. Known for its mountainous views and variety of outdoor activities, the Beehive State is home to the Great Salt Lake as well as hundreds of other famous landmarks. The cost of living is exceptional and the weather is sunny! If you’re looking to stay close to Salt Lake City but downsize for retirement, then here’s a list of the best small towns nearby!
Named the 12th best small town to live in according to one major news organization, Farmington boasts a population of just 18,000. Farmington is a classic small town with one stop light and a real main street. The town’s biggest attraction is Lagoon Amusement Park, a privately owned full-attraction amusement park featuring several thrilling roller coasters.
Draper is a fast-growing small town approximately 20 miles from Salt Lake City. There are several major employers in Draper which is the main reason for population growth. The employers include the Utah State Prison, eBay, and Affiliated Computer Services. One of the town’s main attractions is the picturesque Corner Canyon, which consists of groomed nature trails, parks, and recreation areas. Draper is also home to one of the most popular hang-gliding locations in the country, known as Traverse Ridge.
Bountiful is a bedroom community in Salt Lake City and has a population of 43,000. As the second Utah settlement behind Salt Lake City, it boasts a rich history and a wonderful downtown area. Bountiful has an annual festival known as Handcart Days. This annual event celebrates Bountiful’s history. The celebration includes several exhibits, arts & crafts, games, entertainment, and food.
Lindon may not be for everyone because of its heavily Mormon population. However, it did make the list of one of the most desirable small towns! The town of approximately 10,000 came in at #74 on the list of 100 cities. Lindon is known for its beautiful views of the lake and Utah Valley. Originally settled in 1861, Lindon was nicknamed “String Town” due to the way the houses lined up and down the streets.
This town of approximately 34,000 people is nicknamed the “City of Trees.” Pleasant Grove is the home of the longest community celebration in the entire state of Utah known as the Strawberry Days. The city plays host to the celebration that includes an array of family activities such as a rodeo, carnival, and multiple parades. The town does not currently grow any strawberries. The festival’s name originates from the past when strawberries were a major export and economic staple of the community. The small town is also home to the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center.
Starhaven Villas is an up-and-coming area for 55+ active adults and is located in Utah County. New construction neighborhoods like Starhaven Villas offer their 55+ residents an active lifestyle, community clubhouse, and pickleball, along with luxury amenities and resort-style living. Of course, residents of Starhaven Villas will also find themselves in close proximity to Utah’s mountains, which provide a number of walking trails and outdoor activities for seniors to stay active. Starhaven Villas is a short drive from Provo and Salt Lake City is nearby as well.
Originally published October 11, 2023