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Back to school: Here are the grades from Utah’s school districts and what it will cost you to live there

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Don’t forget one essential feature on your must-have list for your next home: local school district quality. Even if you don’t have kids, it’s still a good idea to buy a home within the boundaries of a good school district. In an article for Public School Review, writer Robert Kennedy notes that this is one of the best things you can do to increase the resale value of your home.

“Not only are the values ​​for these homes higher, but these homes tend to take less time to sell when they come on the market,” Kennedy said. “If you’re not moving, you’re still in a great position to build long-term equity for your home by buying from a good school district.”

So, as you browse homes for sale and consider that next move, be sure to keep this information in mind. To save you a bit of homework, here are some great Utah school districts where the Stern team determined home values ​​are soaring.

Davis School District

The Davis School District in Farmington is a good place to start. Ranking website Niche gives this district an overall grade of B+ thanks to its high scores for teachers, health and safety, and college readiness, among other things. The student-teacher ratio is 24 to 1, with spending per student reaching $7,134.

As for the housing market, Utah Real Estate reports that the median home price in Farmington was $649,900 in May 2022, trending up 20.6% year-over-year. In May 2021, the median listing price was $539,000. The latest data from the US Census Bureau indicates that the area’s median household income is $99,208.

Canyons School District

Moving down to Sandy, you have the Canyons School District, which also earned a B+ rating from Niche for its academics, teachers, college readiness, and health and safety. Voted No. 1 School District in Salt Lake County, the student-teacher ratio is 23-to-1 with per-student spending reaching $10,077.

Utah Real Estate reports that the median home price in Sandy was $662,5000 in May 2022, trending up 22.7% year-over-year. In May 2021, the median home price was $540,000. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income is $95,715.

Alpine School District

In Utah County, the Alpine School District is worth a visit. Niche gives it a B+ grade with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. The school district spends about $7,299 per student per year.

Not only is the area beautiful, but the houses are too. The home’s value has increased significantly year over year, and it currently averages around $1.2 million. In 2020, the average household income was around $123,450, according to the US Census Bureau.

Salt Lake School District

As with the previous three districts, the Salt Lake School District also earns a B+ ranking from Niche. The district received high marks for teachers, college readiness, and diversity and ranks #2 on Niche’s list of top schools in Salt Lake County. The student-teacher ratio is 20 to 1, and the district spends $9,448 per student.

Utah Real Estate reports that the median home price in Salt Lake City was $569,600 in May 2022, trending up 21.5% year-over-year. The median home price in May 2021 was $469,000. The US Census Bureau lists the median household income at $63,156.

Back to school: Here are the grades from Utah's school districts and what it will cost you to live there
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Jordan School District

Finally, there’s the Jordan School District in western Jordan, which received a B grade and is the third-best school in Salt Lake County, according to Niche. This neighborhood ranks well for clubs and activities, health and safety, and college readiness. The student-teacher ratio is 23 to 1, with expenditure per student of $8,185.

Utah Real Estate reports the median home price for May 2022 was $529,500, trending up 29.1% year-over-year. In May 2021, the median home price was $410,000. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income is $84,722.

Find accommodation in the school district of your choice

These aren’t the only good school districts in the state, but this list provides a good starting point for areas with high resale value. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in a great school district, contact the Stern team. With hundreds of 5-star Google reviews, you can count on a quality experience for all your buying or selling needs.

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