Best Places To Live 2013

25. Draper, UT

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Draper, UT Draper

Top 50 rank: 25

Population: 43,974

Draper, about 30 minutes from Salt Lake City, is a nature lover’s dream. Residents can get outdoors at the Jordan River Parkway, a trail system that runs from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake, and Corner Canyon, a protected area threaded with hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.

There’s also an array of community events, such as the annual Arts and Crafts Festival.

Big employers include the 1-800 Contacts headquarters and an eBay campus. –S.M.

Draper, UT

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $98,847
Job growth % (2010-2012) 7.44%
Median home price (2012) $292,552
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 14.9%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 19.0%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 20

Financials

Median family income (per year) $98,847
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $103,765
Sales tax 6.85%
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) 7.44%

Housing

Median home price (2012) $292,552
Average property taxes (2010) $2,858

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 9
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 14.9%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 19.0%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 73.7/26.3

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 61.8%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 20
Median commute time (in minutes) 21.1
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 7.6%
% population walk or bike to work 2.7%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 31
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 1,502
Bars (within 15 miles) 92
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 80
Libraries (within 15 miles) 39
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 3
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 95.3°
Low temp in Jan ° F 22°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 30.4
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 73.3%
Married % 56.0%
Divorced % 10.6%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 46.2

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