10 Most Affordable Salt Lake City Suburbs to Live In

“The Crossroads of the West,” aka Salt Lake City, UT, has brought many settlers and visitors to the city over the years. With Salt Lake City’s proximity to the Great Salt Lake and ski-towns like Park City, UT, it’s no wonder that the city has close to 200k residents. If you’re a long-time Utah resident or looking for a second home with access to Utah’s vast mountains, you may be curious if there are nearby suburbs where the homes are less than Salt Lake City’s median home sale price of $552,500.

To help you on your homebuying journey, we’ve compiled a list of 10 affordable Salt Lake City suburbs within a 25-minute drive to downtown. That way you don’t have to miss out on weekend visits to Temple Square and seeing the Siberian lynx and African lions at Hogle Zoo.

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#1: Magna, UT

Median home price: $408,098 
Driving distance from Salt Lake City: 20 minutes
Magna, UT homes for sale

With a population of 29,300, Magna is the most affordable Salt Lake City suburb on our list. The median sale price of a home in Magna is about $150K less than Salt Lake City and under 30 minutes away from downtown. Living in Magna, you can catch a concert at The Great Saltair or take in the scenery at Great Salt Lake State Park.

#2: Kearns, UT

Median home price: $421,500 
Driving distance from Salt Lake City: 20 minutes
Kearns, UT homes for sale

Kearns comes in as the second most affordable suburb in Salt Lake City. The same distance from Salt Lake City as Magna, you’ll find yourself touring the Natural History Museum of Utah in no time. Home to about 36,700 people, make sure to visit Oquirrh Park which houses the Utah Olympic Oval where you can skate or watch a hockey game.

#3: South Salt Lake, UT

Median home price: $430,000 
Driving distance from Salt Lake City: 10 minutes
South Salt Lake, UT homes for sale

Slightly more expensive than Kearns, South Salt Lake lands the fourth spot on our list. About 26,800 people live in this Salt Lake City suburb, where you can birdwatch at Tracy Aviary’s Jordan River Nature Center or spend the afternoon at Fitts Park. 

#4: Murray, UT

Median home price: $447,500 
Driving distance from Salt Lake City: 15 minutes
Murray, UT homes for sale

Another well-known suburb of Salt Lake City is Murray, where the home prices are about $100K less than in Salt Lake City. Murray has about 50,600 residents and is a great suburb to consider moving to. Whether you take a wagon ride at Wheeler Historic Farm or spend the morning at Murray Park, there’s plenty of activities that make Murray unique. 

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#5: Taylorsville, UT

Median home price: $460,750 
Driving distance from Salt Lake City: 15 minutes
Taylorsville, UT homes for sale

Just 15 minutes south of Salt Lake City, you can find the suburb of Taylorsville. With a population of 60,500, you’ll be in a smaller suburb while being able to explore Salt Lake City in your free time. If you find yourself moving to Taylorsville, make sure to visit Valley Regional Park or go for a stroll along Little Confluence Trailhead.

#6: Midvale, UT

Median home price: $464,900
Driving distance from Salt Lake City: 20 minutes
Midvale, UT homes for sale

Located just west of Taylorsville, is our sixth most affordable suburb, Midvale. About 34,000 people live in Midvale, where you’re only about a 20 minute drive from Salt Lake City. Home to Jordan River Parkway Trail, you can spend time taking in the views of the Jordan River whether you’re biking, walking, or running along the trail.

#7: West Valley City, UT

Median home price: $470,000 
Driving distance from Salt Lake City: 20 minutes
West Valley City, UT homes for sale

Drive 20 minutes outside of Salt Lake City and you’ll land in the suburb of West Valley City. With close to 140,200 residents, moving to this affordable suburb can keep you close enough to Salt Lake City without paying the premium for a home there. In West Valley City, make sure to see a concert at USANA Amphitheater and stroll along the Jordan River Parkway Trail. Don’t forget to stop by the Utah Cultural Celebration Center once you move here.

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#8: West Jordan, UT

Median home price: $510,000 
Driving distance from Salt Lake City: 25 minutes
West Jordan, UT homes for sale

West Jordan claims the eighth spot on our list, with homes about $40K less than Salt Lake City. If you’re lucky to avoid traffic, it’ll only take about 25 minutes to drive into the city. West Jordan has a population of almost 117,000, making it much less than Salt Lake City’s population. Home to Conservation Garden Park and Veterans Memorial Park, you’ll have plenty of outdoor activities to explore during your free time.

#9: Bluffdale, UT

Median home price: $521,000
Driving distance from Salt Lake City: 25 minutes 
Bluffdale, UT homes for sale

About 25 minutes southwest of downtown Salt Lake City is Bluffdale. Located close to Utah Lake, there’s plenty of outdoor adventures to enjoy if you move here. From spending the afternoon at Wardle Fields Regional Park to taking in the views of the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountain Ranges, you won’t get tired of the Bluffdale’s natural beauty. 

#10: Woods Cross, UT

Median home price: $530,000 
Driving distance from Salt Lake City: 15 minutes
Woods Cross, UT homes for sale

If you’ve been living in Salt Lake City for some time, you’ve probably heard about Woods Cross, the final suburb on the list. This affordable city is home to about 11,400 residents, so you’ll have a fraction of Salt Lake City’s population while remaining close to all the city has to offer. Once moving to Woods Cross check out Mills Park or visit nearby Legacy Nature Preserve

Methodology: 

Affordability based on whether a suburb is less than the median sale price of Salt Lake City and under a 25 minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City. 

Median home sale price data from the Redfin Data Center during April 2022

Population data sourced from United States Census Bureau

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