These Are The 10 Smartest Cities In Utah

John McLean
by John McLean
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One of the many qualities that people look for in a potential location or company is the intelligence of those around them. This factor can play a huge role in one’s experience at a particular company and can make or break an employee’s time there.

So finding a city with an intelligent population makes sense for both companies and employees. That’s where Zippia comes in; to help you identify those places in Utah that might have skipped a grade…or two.

You may be wondering how does one determine how intelligent a town really is?

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out what criteria about a place would identify it is a smart cookie.

We set upon the percentage of adults (over 25) with at least a high school degree and the percentage of high school dropouts (aged 16-20) for the 85 largest cities in Utah with data. We then crunched the numbers and were left with this set of the brightest cities in the Beehive State:

  1. Cedar Hills
  2. Highland
  3. Fruit Heights
  4. Syracuse
  5. Kaysville
  6. Alpine
  7. Woods Cross
  8. Saratoga Springs
  9. Providence
  10. Draper

Read on to see why these places got into a four-year college or skip to the end to see a full chart of all the places in our analysis.

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How we determined the smartest places in the Beehive State

Before we could dive into the potential IQs of various places in Utah, we needed to know which places to look at in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 5,000 people and data available for every criteria.

This left us with 85 places in Utah.

We then looked at the following criteria to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to smarts:

Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And it’s not like we are setting the education bar incredibly high — 80% of students graduate from high school nowadays.

In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 85 with one being the “smartest” in any category.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for “Smartest City In Utah”.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

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1. Cedar Hills

Smartest Utah

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Population: 10,025
Adults Without High School Diploma: 0.8%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Graduating early with their diploma held high is the city of Cedar Hills, Utah.

With a population hovering around 10,000 and almost no high schools dropouts this city may be Utah’s hope for a bright future.

2. Highland

Smartest Utah

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Population: 16,491
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.0%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Getting high scores are the kids in Highland, Utah. This #2 city has a sizeable population of 16,491 and only 1% of the adults lack their high school diploma.

The IQs here must be off the charts.

3. Fruit Heights

Smartest Utah

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Population: 5,353
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.2%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

The residents of Fruit Heights are reaching for the high hanging fruit, so to speak. A small place of just over 5,300 residents this tiny town is doing big things.

4. Syracuse

Smartest Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,374
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.8%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.8%

We accuse Syracuse of being the 4th smartest city in the entire state of Utah. At over 25,300 citizens but only having .8% of their high school students dropping out early this city is one smart cookie.

5. Kaysville

Smartest Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,480
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.1%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.9%

Doing much better than just okay is the city of Kaysville, Utah. At nearly 30,000 residents this city is defying the odds and proving that even a big city has a great system for education.

6. Alpine

Smartest Utah

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Population: 9,856
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.4%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

High up on the list is the town of Alpine, Utah. With virtually no high school dropout rate and only 2.4% of the population lacking a high school diploma the kids here are studying every night.

Smarties!

7. Woods Cross

Smartest Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,389
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.9%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Coming in at the #7 spot is the town of Woods Cross. Boasting an ultra low dropout rate this town is one of the sharpest knives in the proverbial drawer.

8. Saratoga Springs

Smartest Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,061
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.1%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

The city of Saratoga Springs has taken the coveted #8 spot amongst all of the cities and towns in the state. At just over 21,000 residents this city is hitting the books every night and acing their final exams.

9. Providence

Smartest Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,026
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.6%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

It’s not by providence that the town of Providence, Utah has come in the #9 spot. Boasting almost no high school dropouts this tiny town is doing big things!

10. Draper

Smartest Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,656
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.7%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.4%

Rounding out our list is the city of Draper, Utah. With almost 45,000 residents this is the biggest city on the list and we like to think that they’re brains are pretty big too.

And that’s how you graduate in style

There you have it folks, the Ten Smartest Cities in the state of Utah. They have the numbers to back it up so go ahead and visit them to soak up some of the smarts around town. If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit www.zippia.com to have all of your questions answered.

Detailed List Of Smartest Cities In Utah

City Rank Population Adults Without High School Diploma Teenage High School Drop Outs
Cedar Hills 1 10,025 0.8% 0.0%
Highland 2 16,491 1.0% 0.0%
Fruit Heights 3 5,353 1.2% 0.0%
Syracuse 4 25,374 1.8% 0.8%
Kaysville 5 28,480 2.1% 0.9%
Alpine 6 9,856 2.4% 0.0%
Woods Cross 7 10,389 2.9% 0.0%
Saratoga Springs 8 21,061 3.1% 0.0%
Providence 9 7,026 3.6% 0.0%
Draper 10 44,656 3.7% 0.4%
Mapleton 11 8,545 3.0% 1.8%
Holladay 12 26,896 3.5% 1.4%
Pleasant View 13 8,426 4.4% 0.0%
Smithfield 14 10,233 4.5% 0.0%
Santa Clara 15 6,404 4.7% 0.0%
Centerville 16 16,104 2.8% 2.8%
West Point 17 9,863 2.9% 2.8%
South Jordan 18 56,528 3.6% 1.8%
Herriman 19 25,022 3.4% 2.2%
Hooper 20 7,720 5.4% 0.0%
North Logan 21 9,007 5.5% 0.0%
Washington 22 20,999 5.5% 0.0%
Nibley 23 5,866 5.5% 0.0%
Eagle Mountain 24 23,468 5.1% 1.0%
Riverton 25 40,274 3.9% 2.2%
Harrisville 26 5,828 6.2% 0.0%
Ivins 27 7,184 6.4% 0.0%
South Ogden 28 16,702 6.1% 1.4%
Farr West 29 6,113 5.4% 1.9%
Hurricane 30 14,338 7.5% 0.0%
Bluffdale 31 8,319 2.6% 6.4%
Farmington 32 20,440 2.2% 7.9%
Clinton 33 20,796 6.7% 1.8%
Clearfield 34 30,361 7.3% 1.5%
Lindon 35 10,434 5.3% 3.4%
North Ogden 36 17,743 3.5% 5.7%
Grantsville 37 9,391 6.3% 2.1%
Bountiful 38 42,947 4.0% 4.9%
Pleasant Grove 39 34,858 4.9% 4.1%
South Weber 40 6,386 7.1% 1.9%
Lehi 41 51,982 3.9% 5.5%
Cottonwood Heights 42 33,932 3.3% 7.0%
Sandy 43 89,521 4.5% 5.2%
Payson 44 18,928 8.8% 0.9%
Enoch 45 6,006 9.5% 0.0%
Plain City 46 5,859 3.5% 7.1%
North Salt Lake 47 17,465 7.5% 2.6%
West Bountiful 48 5,353 2.8% 14.9%
Provo 49 114,804 9.0% 1.1%
Layton 50 69,508 6.1% 4.7%
St. George 51 75,469 8.9% 1.6%
Logan 52 48,933 10.1% 0.9%
Ephraim 53 6,303 13.5% 0.0%
Murray 54 47,909 7.7% 3.7%
Salem 55 6,789 4.2% 8.0%
Riverdale 56 8,532 7.9% 3.4%
Tooele 57 32,164 8.7% 3.2%
Park City 58 7,845 7.9% 3.9%
American Fork 59 27,366 6.1% 6.4%
Springville 60 30,649 7.4% 5.1%
Richfield 61 7,550 7.7% 4.8%
Cedar City 62 29,175 8.9% 2.9%
Washington Terrace 63 9,140 7.3% 5.8%
Spanish Fork 64 36,337 8.7% 4.7%
Orem 65 90,485 7.8% 5.5%
West Haven 66 10,996 8.5% 5.8%
Heber 67 12,434 12.5% 3.8%
Roy 68 37,472 10.1% 4.9%
Price 69 8,585 15.0% 3.3%
West Jordan 70 108,062 9.6% 5.5%
Salt Lake City 71 189,267 13.5% 4.5%
Brigham City 72 18,264 8.2% 8.2%
Nephi 73 5,442 11.6% 5.5%
West Valley City 74 132,329 22.3% 4.9%
Taylorsville 75 59,920 11.0% 7.0%
Moab 76 5,105 8.7% 14.4%
Vernal 77 9,882 11.7% 6.8%
Roosevelt 78 6,390 10.8% 8.2%
Sunset 79 5,145 9.9% 20.4%
Santaquin 80 9,694 11.2% 9.2%
Tremonton 81 7,833 15.5% 7.1%
Hyrum 82 7,751 13.7% 12.0%
South Salt Lake 83 24,315 21.6% 8.3%
Ogden 84 83,767 18.4% 8.9%
Midvale 85 29,957 14.1% 16.2%