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Beaver’s most famous former residents include Butch Cassidy and Philo T. Farnsworth. It’s said the have the best drinking water in the state, and it’s situated right in the middle of some of Utah’s most beautiful scenery. You’ll find the Tushar Mountains, Bryce and Zion National Parks all nearby. Beaver is home to about 2,500 residents.
Coalville is in Summit County and has about 1,400 residents. Folks enjoy rural living in the clean, cool air, but are close enough to Park City or Salt Lake to commute. Others farm, ranch and run local businesses. Coalville is the best of both worlds - it’s close to larger towns, but it maintains that small, hometown feel.
Duchesne, the county seat, has nearly 1,800 residents. The Strawberry and Duchesne rivers meet here, which means plenty of recreation and fishing...not to mention beauty. The whole town comes out to see the Christmas Light Parade every year, and the Duchesne County Fair brings folks from all over the county (and state).
Escalante only has about 800 residents, but don’t be too quick to pass up this little town. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in natural beauty. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument surrounds the town, and it’s situated on Highway 12 - one of Utah’s most scenic byways.
Helper calls itself the “Hub of Carbon County,” and that’s pretty accurate. The 1,700 or so folks who call the town home are a diverse group of people with a rich mining and railroad history. The town’s Western Mining and Railroad Museum showcases its proud heritage, and the annual Arts and Music Festival celebrates talented local musicians and artists.
Manti’s nearly 3,200 residents know how to celebrate their heritage. Every June, the town hosts the Mormon Miracle Pageant, an outdoor pageant that celebrates Mormon history and stories. The production features a cast of around 800 people - nearly one third of the town!
The little town of Monroe has about 2,300 residents. It’s a very community-minded place where everyone is likely to know your name (and all of your family!). The annual 24th of July town dinner gathers folks to celebrate Utah’s heritage and history. South Sevier High School provides plenty of entertainment too - people gather to cheer the athletic teams, attend school plays and more.
Road and mountain bike races, annual festivals and community activities keep the approx. 2,000 residents of Monticello busy. The town is surrounded by recreational activities including hiking, camping, fishing, rock climbing and hunting. Monticello even has an 18-hole golf course, which claims to be the #2 rated in the state.
The folks in Morgan have a pretty sweet life - they’re located about 20 miles from Ogden, but tucked away in their own quiet little spot. The town has about 3,900 residents, some of whom work for Browning Arms Company, which was founded here. There’s tons of outdoor recreation in this town - hiking, mountain biking, ATV riding, fishing and more.
Moroni had a population of 1,433 people at the 2013 census. The town has a thriving Norbest turkey processing facility, which provides employment. Moroni has plenty of youth recreation and an active community.
11. Mount Pleasant
Definitely a pleasant place to live, Mount Pleasant’s 2,700 residents enjoy one of the most quaint towns in San Pete County. Main Street is a hub of activity with its several historic buildings. It’s definitely the place to be in the summer - the town hosts a huge Fourth of July celebration, mountain man festival and rodeo.
Less than 1,500 folks call Oakley home, so the odds are pretty good that they know your name when you show up at the Island Diner. Oakley is THE place for rodeo in Utah and visitors are always welcome for the annual 4th of July celebration. The rodeo celebrates its 81st year in 2016.
The little town of Panguitch only has about 1,600 residents, but it hosts visitors from around the world. Annual festivals include the Quilt Walk Festival, Balloon Rally and Big Fish Derby. Folks have plenty of spots to say “hello,” including several cafes, a couple grocery stores, hardware stores and a few convenience store to grab a treat and gossip.
Parowan is packed with history. Settled in 1851, the town calls itself the, “Mother Town of Southern Utah.” This little rock church was completed in 1870. Today, the town has just under 3,000 residents.
Richmond’s 2,500 residents enjoy life in the Cache Valley. Right in the heart of dairy country, the little town hosts the annual “Black and White Days” festival. Residents and visitors celebrate the Holstein cows with a parade, carnival rides, food and entertainment. Richmond is about 13 miles north of Logan - close enough to benefit from the larger city; far enough away to enjoy a rural lifestyle.