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!
Farmington, Utah was recently named the 12th best small town to live in according to one major news organization. The population is around 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, which is a privately owned full-attraction amusement park featuring several thrilling roller coasters, and several other attractions and exhibits.
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 of Salt Lake City and has a population of 43,000. Bountiful has a rich history and was the second Utah settlement behind Salt Lake City. It has a wonderful downtown area and main street filled with locally-owned establishments. Bountiful has an annual festival known as Handcart Days. This annual event celebrates Bountiful’s history. The celebration includes several exhibits, art, crafts, games, entertainment, and food.
Lindon may not be for everyone because of its heavily Mormon population, but it did make the list of one of the most desirable small towns to live in according to a major news organization. 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. Lindon was originally settled in 1861 and was known as String Town because of the way the houses lined up and down the streets.
Pleasant Grove, UT
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.
Need a 55+ Community in Utah?
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.
Robert FowlerContributing Writer
Robert Fowler is a retired blogger who lives with his wife, Mary Ann at Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb Community in North Georgia. Robert was previously the President of Retirement Media Inc. He has visited numerous 55+ Active Adult Communities over the years, sharing his experiences along the way with readers. View more posts