December 31, 2017

Payson, Utah

What life in Payson, Utah is like, explained by people who live(d) in Payson:



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Payson Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Payson?

  • The smell in the evening. (David, 1 month)
  • The easy going, small town feel. (Vanessa, 1 year)
  • Where I live. (Spencer, 2 years)
  • Small town feeling. (Michelle, 7 years)
  • It used to be quiet and nice. It is no longer quiet and nice. The mountains and view you used to get before all the homes were built. (Whitney, 16 years)
  • The small town feel. (Kim, 17 years)
  • It’s quiet. (Tina, 22 years)
  • The canyon. (Georgia, 24 years)
  • Small town feel, friendly neighbors and Payson Canyon. (Doug, 40 years)

Payson Least Favorites

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

  • The inside lane getting off of the freeway onto Main Street. (David, 1 month)
  • Not great grocery stores near by. Payson does have a distinct smell every now and then… (Vanessa, 1 year)
  • The roads. (Spencer, 2 years)
  • Power bill. (Michelle, 7 years)
  • The temple, the amount of people moving in, the farms being basically stolen from farmers so that people can build subdivisions, the traffic, near constant construction, the people, the raising crime rate. (There’s always someone’s car/house/garage getting broken into). (Whitney, 16 years)
  • Not a lot of options for restaurants and stores. (Kim, 17 years)
  • The light bill. (Tina, 22 years)
  • That there is nothing here. (Georgia, 24 years)
  • Politics :). (Doug, 40 years)

Payson Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Payson?

  • Cousins. (David, 1 month)
  • Payson Canyon has great outdoor activities. The town events always seem to be fun. (Vanessa, 1 year)
  • Swim, bike, camp, movies. (Spencer, 2 years)
  • Nothing. (Michelle, 7 years)
  • Nothing really. There’s too many people to enjoy going anywhere. It’s all crowded. (Whitney, 16 years)
  • Hiking, playing at the parks. (Kim, 17 years)
  • The ghetto, the park. (Tina, 22 years)
  • Canyon. (Georgia, 24 years)
  • Drive, bike, hike, camp, etc. Payson Canyon, movies. (Doug, 40 years)

Payson’s Reputation

What’s Payson known for?

  • Losing at football. (David, 1 month)
  • Small town happiness. (Vanessa, 1 year)
  • End of the earth, small town. (Spencer, 2 years)
  • Onion days. (Michelle, 7 years)
  • Onion days, Footloose, drugs. (Whitney, 16 years)
  • Salmon supper, Onion Days. (Kim, 17 years)
  • Onion days. (Tina, 22 years)
  • The tallest McDonald’s sign. (Georgia, 24 years)
  • Onion Days, Scottish Festival. (Doug, 40 years)

Payson Crime

What’s the crime like in Payson?

  • Stay away from Mountain View apartments. (David, 1 month)
  • I haven’t had problems myself, but see mainly small robberies. (Vanessa, 1 year)
  • Some vandalism, minor stuff. (Spencer, 2 years)
  • Just like everywhere else. Drugs. (Michelle, 7 years)
  • It’s getting worse and worse. There is always something being broken into. Lots of vandalism. Do not leave doors unlocked. Gang activity as well, which is ridiculous. Also Payson is pretty much a heroin hot spot, many drug addicts live in this town. (Whitney, 16 years)
  • Lots of drug issues. (Kim, 17 years)
  • A lot of drugs. (Tina, 22 years)
  • It’s horrible. (Georgia, 24 years)
  • Significantly decreased over the last several years (this can be verified by the State. We went from top 10 worst to top 40 best. That’s an improvement of about 110 spots.) Hot spot: Gini’s. (Doug, 40 years)

Payson Advice

Any advice for people moving to Payson?

  • Watch out for the police hiding on Canyon Road. (David, 1 month)
  • Have an open mind. Small towns are different than normal cities. People are nice and traffic is low :). (Vanessa, 1 year)
  • Be aware of your utility usage. (Spencer, 2 years)
  • Just keep all lights off. (Michelle, 7 years)
  • Don’t. It’s not made for so many people. If you want to live in a city, then move to one, but don’t take a small town and demand that it changes to meet your wants. People have destroyed my hometown. (Whitney, 16 years)
  • It’s a great town. (Kim, 17 years)
  • Don’t. (Georgia, 24 years)
  • Get involved. Get to know your neighbors. (Doug, 40 years)

Payson Stories

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

  • Payson Canyon is the shiznit. (David, 1 month)
  • When someone wrote “F Trump” on our fence. (Spencer, 2 years)
  • High school, ghost hunting up the canyon, learning to drive on dead man’s hill, a crazy one was four drunk kids trying to walk into our front door and then breaking into the shed as the police came last summer. (Whitney, 16 years)
  • I love the neighborhoods and the small town feel. (Kim, 17 years)
  • I love Onion Days. (Tina, 22 years)
  • I watched a drug deal go down just about every night for months. I called the cops, and they asked me how I knew it was drugs. No patrols. (Georgia, 24 years)
  • Not sure the statute of limitations is up. 😉 Car tag as a young adult. Ghost stories and dares in the cemetery. (Doug, 40 years)

Payson’s Future

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

  • Hopefully they finally install the storm drains they have been charging for, for 25 years. (David, 1 month)
  • It’s already growing. I’m sure a lot more stores and housing will come, but I’m praying not too quick. I love it how it is now :). (Vanessa, 1 year)
  • I don’t think it will change much. (Spencer, 2 years)
  • Grow. (Michelle, 7 years)
  • I think it’s going to be awful and turn into Provo. Enjoy your crime, traffic, drug use and violence. (Whitney, 16 years)
  • I hope so. (Kim, 17 years)
  • It will grow too fast. (Tina, 22 years)
  • Hopefully for the better with the new mayor and city council. We might get some business. Water supply will dry up. (Georgia, 24 years)
  • It will increase in size by nearly 60%. The pit in front of Stadium Cinemas will be developed. We will have a new big box store. (Doug, 40 years)

Payson Facts

Any other interesting facts about Payson?

  • It’s doesn’t always stink. (David, 1 month)
  • It has Onion Days. (Georgia, 24 years)
  • Footlocker and several Hallmark shows were filmed here. (Doug, 40 years)