Cities In Utah County
Below are some of the fastest growing communities in the county. With Utah County exploding in population and popularity, you’ll want to get your hands on a property around these areas before it’s too late.
Highland is a small, relatively new community on State Highway 92, two miles north of American Fork. Highland is very accessible to both Salt Lake City and Provo. Highland home prices are not only among the most expensive in Utah, but Highland real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America. It sits northwest off of the entrance to the beautiful American Fork canyon. The canyon is famous for the Timpanogos Cave National Monument, which resides on its south side and the famous Alpine Loop (road that goes over the pass into Sundance).
Alpine is a city on the northeastern edge of Utah County, and just above Highland. It is nestled up against the mountains and offers more seclusion while still being just half-hour outside of Salt Lake City. Situated on the slopes of Box Elder Peak, this gorgeous mountainside town is home to many families that desire more privacy and space. Alpine might be one of Utah’s best kept secrets when it comes to living in a picturesque place. Getting there takes you through one of the best scenic drives in the valley. There are plenty of hiking, biking and walking trails nearby. However, to get to restaurants and shopping you will have to take a short drive into Lehi or Highland as this if far more the neighborhood vibe.
Cedar Hills is a town tucked away on the east side of Alpine and Highland. It is on the slopes of Timpanogos. It is home to The Cedar Hills Golf Club which is a 6,600 yard, 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course nestled at the mouth of the American Fork Canyon. It is a quiet, friendly, outward town with great parks and walking trails. Out of the three towns nestled under this mountain, Cedar Hills is the most affordable. There has been rent activity on the east side with new subdivisions and smaller lot sizes, but Cedar Hills proper is comprised of larger lot and already established neighborhoods.
Lehi, best known for Silicon Slopes, referring to the area in Utah where dozens of tech start-ups are centralized. Picturesque views are abundant in Lehi with vast mountain ranges directly to the east and Utah Lake just south. About half an hour from the booming Salt Lake City, this is the new crossroads between Utah County and Salt Lake. The city has a rich pioneer history and has since grown into a flourishing tech hub, providing a great place to settle down. This is the most central town to start from if you plan on going to any of the fastest growing areas in Utah.
American Fork is a city in north-central Utah County at the foot of Mount Timpanogos in the Wasatch Range. You are surrounded by nature and small-town charm with all of the opportunities of the city just within reach. American Fork offers convenient shopping like Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Cinemark, and the American Fork Shopping Center. It is also an affordable place to live while still being close enough to the outdoor mountain fun!
Orem, UT is a small city located about 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City, just next to the City of Provo and Utah Lake. The area is known for its stunning natural surroundings, a high percentage of families in the population, and friendly neighborhoods. Unlike many Utah towns and cities, Orem was not laid out in regular city blocks with houses clustered closely together. Instead, Orem’s origins are in homesteads settled along the territorial highway (now State Street) and along other substantial arteries where area farmers built their homes and to live near their fields and orchards. There are plenty of restaurants, jobs and entertainment spots in Orem.
Lindon is sandwiched between Pleasant Grove and Orem. It is mostly quiet neighborhoods with a true “local Utah” feel. Although, it also claims the famous Timpanogus Harley Davidson shop alongside the freeway, and is an absolute must see due to the unique architecture of the building. The town was originally named string town because of the way the houses were strung up and down. You are at walking distance from parks and schools, but will most likely need a car to get to the grocery store and restaurants.
Pleasant Grove, originally named Battle Creek a neighborhood community north of Orem and Lindon, it’s known as “Utah’s City of Trees”. It makes the perfect place to live if you’re working in the Orem/Provo area or the Lehi area. There are plenty of things to do in Pleasant Grove for fun. There is also a great selection of restaurants, fast food and shops.
Provo is the third-largest city in Utah. The metro area often ranks near the top of national polls regarding desirable places to live, work and play. Provo has grown quite a bit over the years with multiple new businesses and new homes. It is the heart of Utah county. It’s home to Brigham Young University and its museums, including the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum. You will find plenty of restaurants, parks, schools and historical monuments within walking distance. This is the last city heading south from the northern county line that has not yet grown into the next southern city limits.
The pleasant city of Saratoga Springs, UT is located about 24 miles northwest of Provo on the other side of Utah Lake. This growing community has some of the best views in Utah County and has been exploding with new homes. It provides great access to nearby outdoor hunting/fishing/hiking/off-roading locations as it is just off of Redwood Road that runs the entire length of the west side of the lake. Yet, you are still within walking distance to multiple parks, walking trails and shops that are popping up due to the need from the growing population.
Mapleton is situated between Hobble Creek and the Spanish Fork River, bordered by the majestic foothills of Sierra Bonita Mountain of the Wasatch Range. It sits just south of Springville, east of Spanish Fork, and is minutes from shopping. Mapleton offers residents a rural feel, larger lots and homes, and a quiet Utah pace along with the brand new! There are a lot of parks and plenty to do outdoors here. You will not be bored with all of the scenic drives.