January 2, 2018

Ephraim, Utah

Life in Ephraim, Utah, explained by people who’ve lived in Ephraim:

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Ephraim Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Ephraim?

  • Everyone is extremely friendly and approachable. (Victoria, 4 months)
  • Wholesome small town feel. (Melissa, 5 months)
  • Safety for my children. (Taylor, 5 months)
  • Everywhere you go is very family friendly. (Andrea, 7 months)
  • Small town country living. (Kuulei, 1 year)
  • The people. (Robert, 1.5 years)
  • The small town feel. (Tristen, 5 years)
  • The atmosphere. (Rhett, 13 years)
  • EVERYTHING. (Morgan, 19 years)
  • Small town life. (Kim, 25 years)
  • Small town. (Anonymous, 33 years)

Ephraim Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Ephraim?

  • It’s far away from my family and my hometown. (Victoria, 4 months)
  • Distance to medical specialists/urgent care and lack of options for extracurriculars, such as dance schools. (Melissa, 5 months)
  • Lack of shopping and places to eat. (Taylor, 5 months)
  • No Taco Bell. (Andrea, 7 months)
  • The lack of support from the community! (Kuulei, 1 year)
  • There are not so many things to do when you’re a poor college student. (Robert, 1.5 years)
  • Not much to do, especially for toddlers. (Tristen, 5 years)
  • Everyone knows everything about you. (Rhett, 13 years)
  • Snow College. (Morgan, 19 years)
  • Politics, crazy conservative Trump supporters. (Charity, 20 years)
  • Inconsistent laws and regulations. (Kim, 25 years)
  • New people trying to change my town. (Anonymous, 33 years)

Ephraim Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Ephraim?

  • Nothing. Absolutely nothing. (Madison, 4 months)
  • Bowling, concerts at Snow College, musicals/plays at Snow College, hiking to the S, seeing a movie, going to the Malt Shop. (Victoria, 4 months)
  • Go to performances at the college, go out to eat, community events like parades, Co-op events (nativity display, Santa Lucia, etc.). (Melissa, 5 months)
  • Movies, outdoor activities. (Taylor, 5 months)
  • Movie Theaters and Bowling Alley. (Andrea, 7 months)
  • The Scandinavian Festival. (Kuulei, 1 year)
  • Bowling, going to the mountains. (Robert, 1.5 years)
  • Not a whole lot. Grocery shopping is my activity. (Tristen, 5 years)
  • Visit the library, go thrift shopping, stop by the local coffee shop, see a movie, drive through the canyon. (Rhett, 13 years)
  • Kill bunnies, go mudding, hunt, fish. (Morgan, 19 years)
  • Hiking, being with friends, events at the college or local schools. (Charity, 20 years)
  • Mountains and outdoors. (Kim, 25 years)

Ephraim’s Reputation

What’s Ephraim known for?

  • Snow College. (Madison, 4 months)
  • Snow College. (Victoria, 4 months)
  • Snow College, Scandinavian Festival. (Melissa, 5 months)
  • Snow College. (Taylor, 5 months)
  • Snow College. (Andrea, 7 months)
  • Scandinavian History. (Kuulei, 1 year)
  • Snow College. (Tristen, 5 years)
  • Snow College, the residents and being safe place to live. (Rhett, 13 years)
  • The only one stop light town in Sanpete County. (Morgan, 19 years)
  • Snow College. (Kim, 25 years)
  • Good people. (Anonymous, 33 years)

Ephraim Crime

What’s the crime like in Ephraim?

  • It’s fairly low. Other than a few incidents (some sexual assault and a robbery or two), I don’t know of any huge crimes. (Victoria, 4 months)
  • Low levels of crime. (Melissa, 5 months)
  • Minimal. (Taylor, 5 months)
  • I’ve never heard anything about crime in this town. (Andrea, 7 months)
  • Minor crimes. (Kuulei, 1 year)
  • Not sure. I haven’t seen very much crime. (Robert, 1.5 years)
  • In some areas I can tell what houses mean trouble. (Tristen, 5 years)
  • A whole lot of drugs. (Rhett, 13 years)
  • I don’t know. (Morgan, 19 years)
  • No idea. (Kim, 25 years)
  • Snow students bring crime and drugs. (Anonymous, 33 years)

Ephraim Advice

Any advice for people moving to Ephraim?

  • Ephraim is lovely, but it is near some Turkey farms. The smell is not too pleasant, but manageable. It is not very close to major hospitals, so take note of the location of local healthcare places. There are only two major grocery stores, so learn to tolerate Wal-Mart, if you’re like me and are not a big fan of the company. (Victoria, 4 months)
  • Be mentally prepared for the quiet, the slower pace and the relative isolation. Plan to engage in the community. Be prepared to go to Utah Valley for anything beyond basic shopping and medical care. (Melissa, 5 months)
  • Real Estate follows no rules. (Taylor, 5 months)
  • Walk around the neighborhood to make easy friends. (Andrea, 7 months)
  • Have a plan before hand! This is 90% a college town. (Kuulei, 1 year)
  • Love the outdoors. (Robert, 1.5 years)
  • It’s a fun and mostly safe community. (Tristen, 5 years)
  • Lower your expectations of a typical small town and you will be surprised. Ephraim isn’t a typical small town. (Rhett, 13 years)
  • Good luck trying to find housing. (Morgan, 19 years)
  • Be friendly and willing to love small town life. (Kim, 25 years)
  • Go somewhere else. (Anonymous, 33 years)

Ephraim Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Ephraim (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • My friends and I went on a group date to a concert at the Eccles Center, then to an institute dance. It was super fun! I’ve never been to a bad concert at Snow. (Victoria, 4 months)
  • Sometime in the first week of October, traffic was stopped for several minutes at a time while thousands of sheep were driven down 100 North. I’ve also had a couple of turkeys spend a day on my porch, and once had to wait while a chicken literally crossed the road! (Melissa, 5 months)
  • We were able to cut down our own Christmas tree for the first time! (Taylor, 5 months)
  • People really go out of their way to serve others, and I’ve experienced that on several occasions. (Andrea, 7 months)
  • I’ve met many wonderful people. (Kuulei, 1 year)
  • Off reading with friends. (Robert, 1.5 years)
  • I went to a bonfire out west that had a bouncy castle. (Rhett, 13 years)
  • All night softball tournaments. (Morgan, 19 years)
  • Too many to share just one, but I love all the community activities (parades, Scandinavian festival, service). We have great people here! (Kim, 25 years)

Ephraim’s Future

How do you think Ephraim will change over the next 10 years?

  • As Snow College keeps growing and attracting more students, Ephraim will see more traffic, and potentially more young families that choose to settle in lovely Ephraim. (Victoria, 4 months)
  • I hope that it will stay essentially the same, but get an Instacare and a dialysis center and maybe a couple more restaurants. (Melissa, 5 months)
  • Snow College will continue to grow. (Taylor, 5 months)
  • I don’t see the town expanding, I wouldn’t change anything about Ephraim (except maybe a Taco Bell). (Andrea, 7 months)
  • I’m hoping it doesn’t change! I like it the way it is. (Kuulei, 1 year)
  • Ephraim will get bigger hopefully. (Robert, 1.5 years)
  • Hopefully get more places to eat and a few fun things to do. We could also hope for a Costco, right? (Tristen, 5 years)
  • It will expand residentially and Snow College will expand. (Rhett, 13 years)
  • It will continue to grow as people discover our secret. (Kim, 25 years)

Ephraim Facts

Any other interesting facts about Ephraim?

  • There are only a few options for eating out, which is friendly to a low budget or to a stricter diet. This is to your advantage! (Victoria, 4 months)
  • There is a Frisbee Golf Course that I recently learned about. (Andrea, 7 months)
  • People are judgmental here. (Kuulei, 1 year)
  • It’s definitely considered country. (Robert, 1.5 years)
  • There are very unique and fun locations and things to do. You just have to know where to find them. (Rhett, 13 years)
  • A former NFL player lives here. (Morgan, 19 years)
  • The blend of the cultural opportunities that come from Snow College and small town quiet life creates the perfect environment to raise kids. (Kim, 25 years)