Utah is a beautiful state with some charming places to live. However, some of our residents struggle financially more than others. These 10 Utah communities were rated by RoadSnack.com as the poorest in Utah. The website only included towns with populations over 2,000 people, and it used data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey. Using that data, it took three factors into account when compiling its list:
This article isn’t meant to disparage these communities at all – they’re all home to some wonderful people, and each has tons of community pride. Rather, it’s our hope that this article brings awareness to Utahns in other places, that not everyone here in the Beehive State enjoys the same financial security.
The bad news: 41.6 percent of the residents in Ephraim are at or below the poverty line. The unemployment rate in this little town is 17.4 percent.
The good news: Ephraim is the home of Snow College, which provides some cultural and sports entertainment to residents.
The bad news: Hildale is somewhat of an outlier on this list - I'm sure that RoadSnacks.com doesn't realize that it's more of a polygamist compound than a town that is representative of Utah. Hildale has a poverty rate of 24 percent, and an unemployment rate of 36.8 percent.
The good news: Well...I'm having a hard time coming up with good news here. The community of Hildale is remote and cut off from the rest of the world. FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, is in prison. Other leaders have been indicted for crimes such as food stamp fraud (Nephi Jeffs is currently on the run from law enforcement after being released on bail).
3. Cedar City
The bad news: You might be surprised to see the town of Cedar City on this list, but 27.8 percent of its residents live at or below the poverty line (a portion of these folks may be attending school and working only part time). Still, it's hard to get a job here - the unemployment rate is 12.6 percent.
The good news: Cedar City is a wonderful place with many things to see and do. It's home to the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University, and has tons of outdoor recreation opportunities.
4. La Verkin
The bad news: 20.8 percent of La Verkin's residents suffer from poverty. The town has a 13.1 percent unemployment rate.
The good news: La Verkin is a vibrant community with plenty of volunteer opportunities, town events and a good helping of La Verkin pride.
The bad news: Ogden made the list due to its 22.2 percent poverty rate and 10 percent unemployment.
The good news: Ogden is a great little city in Utah! The renovation of Historic 25th Street brought many cafes, pubs and businesses into one walkable area. Residents support the local Ogden Raptors baseball team, and the city sits in between Ogden and Weber canyons, which provide some beautiful outdoor spaces. It's also home to Weber State University.
6. South Salt Lake
The bad news: South Salt Lake has a 24.8 percent poverty rate and an 8.5 percent unemployment rate.
The good news: The residents of South Salt Lake might struggle with income, but they're situated right in the heart of the Salt Lake metro area, which means that they have plenty of access to healthcare and city amenities. It's also home to the Salt Lake Community College South Campus, which brings students from all over the Salt Lake Valley into town.
The bad news: 28.9 percent of Logan's residents live at or under the poverty line; 7.1 percent are unemployed.
The good news: These numbers may be a bit skewed due to the students at Utah State University, who could conceivably be working less than full time, or at lower-paying jobs while they attend school. Logan is a fun, vibrant community with a bustling Main Street. It's surrounded by pastoral farmland, and also has plenty of hiking, fishing and other outdoor recreation spots.
The bad news: I was surprised to see Provo on this list, but 34.4 percent of its approximately 115,000 residents live at or below the poverty line. The unemployment rate is 7.4 percent. Much like Logan, Provo could find itself on this list due to its many BYU students, who aren't working at higher-paying jobs.
The good news: Well, there's much to love about Provo. If you're a BYU sports fan, this is your town. It's a quiet, peaceful community with a low crime rate, and plenty of outdoor beauty to boot.
The bad news: The community of Parowan has just under 3,000 residents, and 11.9 percent of them live in poverty. The unemployment rate in this town is 14.9 percent - more than double the state average.
The good news: Parowan has a rich history, going back to its incorporation in 1851. The town celebrates many community events, and is situated in near the Dixie National Forest.
The bad news: 19 percent of Price's residents live in poverty, and 10.1 percent are unemployed.
The good news: Price is home to Utah State University Eastern and is near both Nine-Mile Canyon and the Manti-LaSal National Forest, both incredibly beautiful recreation spots.
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