8 Utah County cities named as safest cities in Utah, Highland takes top spot


Spanish Fork made the No. 3 spot on Safewise’s “20 Safest Cities in 2018. Canyon Creek is Spanish Fork’s newest shopping development. (Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

Utah County is living up to its nickname of “Happy Valley.”

Safewise named Utah’s 20 safest cities in 2018 and eight Utah County cities made the list with Highland topping the list. According to the study that used the FBI crime report, Utah has continued it’s trend of being a safe place to raise families. The study pointed to the 2016 violent crime rate in Utah, which was 39 percent less than the U.S. average.

“Turning our attention to the twenty safest cities on our list, we found that some reported as few as six property crimes per 1,000 people—that’s 80 percent less than the Utah average of thirty-one,” according to the Safewise report.

Highland earned the top spot with only 0.14 violent crimes — which includes aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery — per 1,000 residents and only 6.24 property crimes — which includes burglary, arson, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft — per 1,000.

The other Utah County cities on the list are Spanish Fork, Pleasant Grove, Saratoga Springs, American Fork/Cedar Hills, Payson, Orem and Springville.

One area Utah is actually higher than the national average is in property crime rate. In contrast, according to the study, the occurrence of burglary was lower.

Safewise’s list of 20 safest cities in Utah includes:

  1. Highland
  2. Santa Clara/Ivins
  3. Spanish Fork
  4. North Ogden
  5. Pleasant Grove
  6. Clinton
  7. Syracuse
  8. Saratoga Springs
  9. Kaysville
  10. Farmington
  11. American Fork/Cedar Hills
  12. Payson
  13. Orem
  14. North Salt Lake
  15. South Jordan
  16. Springville
  17. Clearfield
  18. Logan
  19. Bountiful
  20. Roy

See the full Safewise list for the “20 Safest Cities in Utah” here.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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