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14. Farmington, UT
Farmington
WINNER
Top 100 rank: 14
Population: 16,500
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A one-stoplight town squeezed between the Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake, Farmington has a quaint, quiet downtown with few shops. Homes here come in all shapes and sizes, from bungalows to ramblers to tri-levels to modern farmhouses.

Most Farmington residents commute south to Salt Lake City, but some travel north to Hill Air Force Base, Utah's sixth largest employer.

There has been some controversy over the town's transformation from rural community to suburban bedroom community. Construction of a highway running through town has been contentious, for example. --N.A.

Is Farmington a great town, or what?
Farmington stats
Median family income
(per year)
$100,336 $97,441
Job growth %
(2000-2008)*
33.37% 19.58%
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Median home price $272,656 $262,148
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Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
10.7% 25.6%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
15.4% 28.2%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 12 19
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
952 1,923
High temp in July ° F* 90.0° 85.5°
Low temp in Jan ° F* 19.4° 21.0°
Median age 28.0 36.6
Median family income
(per year)
$100,336 $97,441
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$100,537 $95,041
State sales tax 4.65% 5.63%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
5.00%I 6.06%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
5.00%I 3.07%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average price quotes, for the state)
$1,701 $1,744
Job growth %
(2000-2008)*
33.37% 19.58%
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Median home price $272,656 $262,148
Average property taxes
(2007)
$1,677 $3,853
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Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
6 20
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
10.7% 25.6%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
15.4% 28.2%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
100.0/0.0 90.1/9.9
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
78.0% 78.6%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 12 19
Median commute time (in minutes) 21.6 22.5
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
12.9% 13.8%
% population walk or bike to work 1.6% 2.3%
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
19 24
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
952 1,923
Bars
(within 15 miles)
83 174
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
73 148
Libraries
(within 15 miles)
26 53
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
2 7
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) 13 17
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 1.4 1.2
Annual rainfall
(inches)
21.88 39.77
% clear days in the area 34 27
High temp in July ° F* 90.0° 85.5°
Low temp in Jan ° F* 19.4° 21.0°
Median age 28.0 36.6
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
79.3% 71.9%
Married % 57.9% 62.9%
Divorced % 6.6% 7.7%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
18.0 58.9
From the August 2009 issue
Notes:
* County data

(I) Income tax notes:
The standard deduction is taken in the form of a nonrefundable credit of 6% of the federal standard or itemized deduction amount, excluding the deduction for state or local income tax. This credit phases out at 1.3 cents per dollar above $12,000 of AGI ($24,000 for married couples). For 2008 the federal standard deduction is $5,450 for single filers and $10,900 for joint filers.
Three-quarters of the federal exemption.
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