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14. Farmington, UT

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Farmington, UT City of Farmington

Top 50 rank: 14

Population: 19,135

About a third of the residents of this community commute to Salt Lake City for work, but a couple of projects may start to shrink that number. The biggest is the new $200 million Station Park development, which combines office space, housing, stores, and restaurants.

Still, Farmington is best known for its outdoorsy charm: Sandwiched between the Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake, the town offers a huge 18,000-acre wildlife refuge and 115 miles of bike and hiking trails. –Hailey Lee

Farmington, UT

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $88,375
Job growth % (2010-2012) 8.71%
Median home price (2012) $281,047
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 18.3%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 15.6%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 12

Financials

Median family income (per year) $88,375
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $93,677
Sales tax 6.50%
State income tax rate (highest bracket) 5.00%I
State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 5.00%I
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $1,475
Job growth % (2010-2012) 8.71%

Housing

Median home price (2012) $281,047
Average property taxes(2011) $2,211

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 9
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 18.3%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 15.6%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 100.0/0.0

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 91.6%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 12
Median commute time (in minutes) 22.8
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 13.4%
% population walk or bike to work 2.5%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 11
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 673
Bars (within 15 miles) 30
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 76
Libraries (within 15 miles) 15
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 2
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.5

Weather

Annual rainfall (inches) 16.5
% clear days in the area 62%
High temp in July ° F 91.6°
Low temp in Jan ° F 18.6°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 28.5
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 82.8%
Married % 63.7%
Divorced % 5.2%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 21.6

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