BOUNTIFUL – Three Davis County cities scored among the top 10 in the state to find jobs.
The cities are Syracuse, Kaysville and Layton, according to a poll released in mid-October by NerdWallet.
NerdWallet analyzed data from 30 communities, using information from the U.S. Census Bureau, a news release from the company said.
The survey based findings on low unemployment rates, if the city is growing significantly in population, and if it is possible to live their “affordably.”
Listed among the reasons why the trio of cities were chosen are:
Ґ Syracuse. The North Davis city of about 25,000 residents scored No. 1 in this survey.
Among factors cited were its location between the Great Salt Lake, which is touted as “Gateway to Antelope Island;” a 10.3 percent population growth between 2009-2012; a jobless rate of 4.3 percent (well below the state average); a plethora of job opportunities from nearby Hill Air Force Base to Davis Hospital & Medical Center, Davis School District, and a proximity to Ogden of 13 miles and to Salt Lake City of 30 miles.
Ґ Kaysville came in at second place. The survey credits Hector Caleb Haight with starting a settlement there in 1847, the same year as Bountiful. But information provided said Kaysville is the county’s first incorporated city, that happening in 1868.
The city of about 26,000 residents grew by seven percent from 2009-2012, most notably in areas west of I-15. Kaysville’s median household income of $82,292 was noted. In addition, the city is 16 miles from Salt Lake City. It also boasts the Davis Applied Technology College, as well as a branch of the Utah Small Business Development Center and Northfront Business Resource Center, which aids small businesses.
Ґ Layton took the survey’s eighth ranking. It is the county’s largest city, with about 70,000 residents. It continues to grow; however, adding a couple thousand residents during the same three-year period.
The city’s jobless rate was slightly below the state average. It is home to a growing Weber State University Davis campus, as well as at least one private business college. Its Farmington Bay proximity includes the 4,000 acre Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve.