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25. Draper, UT
Draper, UT
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Top 50 rank: 25
Population: 43,974

Draper, about 30 minutes from Salt Lake City, is a nature lover's dream. Residents can get outdoors at the Jordan River Parkway, a trail system that runs from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake, and Corner Canyon, a protected area threaded with hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.

There's also an array of community events, such as the annual Arts and Crafts Festival.

Big employers include the 1-800 Contacts headquarters and an eBay campus. --S.M.

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Draper, UT
Town stats
Median family income (per year)
$98,847
Job growth % (2010-2012)
7.44%
Median home price (2012)
$292,552
Reading test scores (% above/below average)
14.9%
Math test scores (% above/below average)
19.0%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000)
1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000)
20
Financials
Town stats
Median family income (per year)
$98,847
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$103,765
Sales tax
6.85%
State income tax rate (highest bracket)
5.00%I
State income tax rate (lowest bracket)
5.00%I
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state)
$1,475
Job growth % (2010-2012)
7.44%
Housing
Median home price (2012)
$292,552
Average property taxes
(2010)
$2,858
Education
Reading test scores (% above/below state average)
14.9%
Test scores math (% above/below average)
19.0%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits)
73.7/26.3
Quality of life
Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good)
61.8%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000)
1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000)
20
Median commute time (in minutes)
21.1
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer
7.6%
% population walk or bike to work
2.7%
Leisure and culture
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts)
0.5
Weather
Annual rainfall (inches)
16.5
% clear days in the area
62%
High temp in July ° F
95.3°
Low temp in Jan ° F
22°
Meet the neighbors
Median age
30.4
Completed at least some college (% of residents)
73.3%
Married %
56.0%
Divorced %
10.6%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
46.2
From the September 2013 issue

Source: Onboard Informatics. Details


(I) Income tax notes:
Utah provides a tax credit equal to 6% of the federal personal exemption amounts (an applicable standard deduction).
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