Some Utahns have a slower-paced life than others. Imagine living in a small enough town that your kids could just walk two blocks to the local park for the baseball game. No worries about rush hour traffic and a long commute – instead you probably own your own farm, ranch or home-based business. Life in Utah’s small towns certainly has its drawbacks…but the living is much more simple.
This list includes towns with fewer than 2,500 residents. They’re listed here alphabetically.
1. Corinne, Box Elder County
At the 2010 census, Corinne only had 685 residents. While it’s a quiet little hamlet, the town is within six miles of both Brigham City and Bear River City.
2. Green River, Emery County
Green River has less than 1,000 residents, but it’s thriving. The town is located near Canyonlands National Park and the San Rafael Swell and of course is situated on the banks of the Green River, which is perfect for all kinds of recreation.
3. Helper, Carbon County
Helper’s 2,200 or so residents live near a beautiful river, in the mouth of Price Canyon. The larger city of Price (population around 8,700) is only seven miles away.
4. Junction, Piute County
The county seat of Piute County, Junction has a population of less than 200 people. The historic courthouse was built in 1903 and is listed on the Historic Register.
5. Kamas, Summit County
How could you NOT love living in Kamas - the gateway to the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway. The town only has around 1,800 residents, who can enjoy tons of recreation (including hiking, biking, camping and fishing) and get to live surrounded by the beauty of the mountains.
6. Levan, Juab County
Levan is right in the middle of the state (hence, the name, which is ‘navel’ spelled backwards). It has about 850 residents and is located at the foot of Mount Nebo.
7. Manila, Daggett County
Manila is three hours from Salt Lake City, but it’s worlds away from the bustle and traffic. It’s close to Flaming Gorge, and the rodeo grounds draw cowboys and crowds from all over the state.
8. Marysvale, Piute County
The tiny town of Marysvale has less than 400 residents. It’s near the Fishlake National Forest and also serves as the trailhead for the Paiute ATV trail.
9. Milford, Beaver County
Milford’s residents enjoy the town’s recreation which includes youth sports, workshops and a city pool. It has a long history of agriculture, railroad and mining.
10. Monroe, Sevier County
Monroe is the largest town on our list, with an estimated 2,260 residents as of 2012. You’ll find Mystic Hot Springs here, as well as several small businesses. The town is surrounded by fields and farms.
11. Panguitch, Garfield County
Panguitch is the county seat of Garfield County and has around 1,500 residents. It’s an adorable town with a rich history, a cute Main Street and its very own lake.
12. Sterling, Sanpete County
Imagine living in a wide-open space, where the sky is endless! The little farming community of Sterling (population 260) is just that kind of town.
13. Torrey, Wayne County
The tree-lined streets of Torrey give this little town of around 180 residents a really charming feel. It’s the gateway to Capitol Reef National Park, so there’s plenty to do.
14. Vernon, Tooele County
This little town in Tooele County has less than 300 residents and is mostly made up of farms. It’s fairly remote, but residents can reach the larger city of Tooele in about 33 minutes.
15. Wallsburg, Wasatch County
The sleepy little town of Wallsburg is surrounded by beautiful scenery. Mount Timpanogos towers above the town, which only has about 250 residents. It’s located about 23 miles up Provo Canyon, just 13 miles from Heber.
Let’s face it – life along the Wasatch Front is busy. Rush hour traffic twice a day, long hours at work in an office building, running kids around to soccer practice, piano lessons…it’s enough to make you wish you had a much quieter, easier life, isn’t it?