January 7, 2018

Santaquin, Utah

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



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Santaquin Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Santaquin?

  • Santaquin’s very family friendly—quiet, but there are plenty of things to do and see. (Jacki, 7.5 months)
  • The small town feel. (Alisa, 10 months)
  • Small town. (Madeline, 10 months)
  • Mountains. (Lynn, 1 year)
  • Small town feeling. (Russell, 1.5 years)
  • The people. (Heather, 2 years)
  • Orchards, countryside. (Jennifer, 3 years)
  • It’s not too big. (Jessie, 3 years)
  • I know all my neighbors. (Rose, 3 years)
  • The small town aspect of the friendly people. (Kani, 6 years)
  • How friendly people are. (Codie, 8.5 years)
  • Living close to the mountains. (Melissa, 10 years)
  • Friendly, small town atmosphere. (Loretta, 13 years)
  • Small town feel. (Rachel, 13 years)
  • Very quiet, friendly citizens. (Sarah, 15 years)
  • Small town feel. (Anonymous, 18 years)
  • It used to be pretty small town. (Brett, 22 years)
  • Awesome people. (Kris, 22 years)
  • Small town…. used to be anyway. (Candace, 23 years)
  • The people. (Cleann, 43 years)

Santaquin Least Favorites

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

  • I’m not impressed with the city government. The whole dog issue that’s been on the news, the high utility costs, the mayor… (Jacki, 7.5 months)
  • The ton of building and growth. (Alisa, 10 months)
  • All the town homes and apartments coming in. (Madeline, 10 months)
  • City officials and police. (Lynn, 1 year)
  • There is not a very big grocery store. (Russell, 1.5 years)
  • The maze of the neighborhoods and the roads are crap. The city let the developers destroy the roads and “redo” them happen hazardous. Instead of demanding they do it right! (Heather, 2 years)
  • No rec center/pool. (Jennifer, 3 years)
  • The pd is too lax on teenage drivers. (Jessie, 3 years)
  • It’s so far from Provo. (Rose, 3 years)
  • Not enough resources. (Kani, 6 years)
  • The smell when they fertilize the orchards. (Codie, 8.5 years)
  • There’s nothing here. (Melissa, 10 years)
  • No grocery store (well, we do have Ivanov’s and they carry the important basics and Margarita is good for a hug). (Loretta, 13 years)
  • No grocery store. (Rachel, 13 years)
  • The snow plows come through our neighborhood, but never ever never ever drop there shovel blade to scrape, they just drop salt. Back roads are always a sheet of ice. The city always says main roads are plowed first which is fine, but they are plowed by the Utah County employees. I hate more than anything that we pay our taxes and the plow drivers are afraid to drop their shovel- is it they don’t want to repair the shovel? Well, that’s what we are paying for. A car slid into me due to a terrible plow job, letting it get icy. (Sarah, 15 years)
  • Growing too fast. (Anonymous, 18 years)
  • To many people moving in. (Brett, 22 years)
  • The drive. (Kris, 22 years)
  • All of the new houses, pushing agricultural out. (Candace, 23 years)

Santaquin Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Santaquin?

  • Visit parks, the library, the Family Tree diner and Hot Rod diner, go for walks, stargaze at night, visit Santaquin Canyon. (Jacki, 7.5 months)
  • Shooting, hiking, cookouts. (Alisa, 10 months)
  • Walk in the orchards. (Madeline, 10 months)
  • Four-wheeling, hiking, shooting. (Lynn, 1 year)
  • Watch big game and hunt. Enjoy outdoors. (Russell, 1.5 years)
  • Red barn and all the community activities. (Heather, 2 years)
  • Cycling, going up the canyon, playing at parks, walking around town. (Jennifer, 3 years)
  • Spend time at the parks. (Jessie, 3 years)
  • The Rodeo, and driving up the canyon. (Rose, 3 years)
  • Hike, picnics, parks, baseball, walk, horseback riding, fishing. (Kani, 6 years)
  • Go to the park. (Codie, 8.5 years)
  • As far as I know nothing, we travel to do everything. (Melissa, 10 years)
  • Red Barn, Rock, shop, community events. (Loretta, 13 years)
  • Going up Santaquin Canyon. The parks. (Rachel, 13 years)
  • Absolutely nothing. (Sarah, 15 years)
  • Red Barn, Tinney flat. (Anonymous, 18 years)
  • Santaquin Canyon. (Brett, 22 years)
  • Red barn, rodeo, parade. (Kris, 22 years)
  • Parks, go up canyon. (Candace, 23 years)
  • You can go camping, fishing and close to stores. (Cleann, 43 years)

Santaquin’s Reputation

What’s Santaquin known for?

  • Incredibly nice people. (Jacki, 7.5 months)
  • The red Barn. (Madeline, 10 months)
  • Small town living. (Lynn, 1 year)
  • Orchards. (Russell, 1.5 years)
  • Orchards. (Heather, 2 years)
  • Quiet, rural community. (Jennifer, 3 years)
  • Orchards. (Jessie, 3 years)
  • That it’s a small town. (Rose, 3 years)
  • Santaqueen! (Kani, 6 years)
  • Orchards. (Codie, 8.5 years)
  • Orchards. (Melissa, 10 years)
  • Haunted diner, Gary Coleman, and the guy who wrecked his brand new Lamborghini. (Loretta, 13 years)
  • Their Orchards. (Rachel, 13 years)
  • Nothing, it’s the only town without a grocery store. (Sarah, 15 years)
  • Red Barn. (Anonymous, 18 years)
  • Was once known for the orchards and small town. (Brett, 22 years)
  • Orchards. (Kris, 22 years)
  • Agriculture. (Candace, 23 years)
  • Indian Chief. (Cleann, 43 years)

Santaquin Crime

What’s the crime like in Santaquin?

  • I don’t know. (Jacki, 7.5 months)
  • Seems little. (Alisa, 10 months)
  • Lots of car burglary. (Madeline, 10 months)
  • Not good. Had vehicles broken into. (Lynn, 1 year)
  • We don’t see much in the new development. (Russell, 1.5 years)
  • Eh… No different then anywhere else. (Heather, 2 years)
  • Low. (Jennifer, 3 years)
  • I haven’t heard much. (Jessie, 3 years)
  • Basically non-existent, just a couple of rawdy ternagers. (Rose, 3 years)
  • Not isolated to one area. (Kani, 6 years)
  • It’s not bad there are a few areas that are a little sketchy. (Codie, 8.5 years)
  • Since I’ve lived here the crime is worse than I thought. (Melissa, 10 years)
  • If you leave your car unlocked at church, someone will fill it with zucchini. (Loretta, 13 years)
  • Pretty low crime. Lately homeowners have been getting things stolen from vehicles. (Rachel, 13 years)
  • Low. (Sarah, 15 years)
  • To my knowledge, mostly local kids breaking into cars. (Anonymous, 18 years)
  • Not much crime. (Brett, 22 years)
  • Very little crime. (Kris, 22 years)

Santaquin Advice

Any advice for people moving to Santaquin?

  • Do it now before everyone else realizes what a great place this is to raise a family and it becomes no longer affordable! (Jacki, 7.5 months)
  • I wish you wouldn’t! But be sure that small town is what you’re looking for. (Alisa, 10 months)
  • You will love it. (Madeline, 10 months)
  • Keep your doors locked and make sure you pay your water bill on time. (Lynn, 1 year)
  • Avoid HOA. (Russell, 1.5 years)
  • Beware of the growth! We will be provided in no time. (Heather, 2 years)
  • Be involved in the community and city hall. Santaquin days are fun!! (Jennifer, 3 years)
  • It’s amazing. (Jessie, 3 years)
  • Talk to the people in town, get out of your bubble. (Rose, 3 years)
  • Be friendly to those you meet. (Kani, 6 years)
  • Get to know your neighbors. (Codie, 8.5 years)
  • Don’t. (Melissa, 10 years)
  • Get involved, go to local events, don’t complain, be part of the solution. (Loretta, 13 years)
  • The city is not lenient on utilities payments. They will put a disconnect notice on your door if your balance isn’t paid within seven days of the date due. (Rachel, 13 years)
  • Santaquin’s quiet, friendly, has fun city celebration, no grocery store . (Sarah, 15 years)
  • Just because it’s a small town doesn’t mean you can keep your doors unlocked. (Anonymous, 18 years)
  • Please don’t move to Santaquin it’s getting too crowded. (Brett, 22 years)
  • Plan your grocery shopping wisely. (Kris, 22 years)

Santaquin Stories

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

  • There are so many cars parked on lawns. New home or old, driveway or not, car broken or functional, you can look all over Santaquin and tons of people have cars parked on the lawn. (Jacki, 7.5 months)
  • The great neighborhood. (Madeline, 10 months)
  • Had my work truck broken into, and called the police. They wouldn’t come to the house I had to go to their office. (Lynn, 1 year)
  • I enjoy going up the canyon with the kids. (Russell, 1.5 years)
  • I once took a four wheeler up into Santaquin canyon and saw a van up there and had a long conversation with total strangers. It was incredible. (Rose, 3 years)
  • The other day when I went to pick up my sister I saw a man chasing a giant pig and that was pretty neat. (Codie, 8.5 years)
  • Going to the canyon. (Melissa, 10 years)
  • When my husband was ill, I had bought a huge treadmill and wanted it upstairs. I mentioned it in passing to the police chief and next thing I knew he showed up with his son, an officer and a detective, and they hauled it up for me. (Loretta, 13 years)
  • The community is great to support each other with fundraisers and such for a local citizen. (Rachel, 13 years)
  • Fun times at the Parade, watching boys play city sports . (Sarah, 15 years)

Santaquin’s Future

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

  • Grow and grow and grow. Santaquin will probably get a grocery store or a community center of some sort. (Jacki, 7.5 months)
  • Get bigger, more crime, more traffic, less great. (Alisa, 10 months)
  • Hopefully it won’t get too big. (Madeline, 10 months)
  • Grow 5 times the size it is now. (Lynn, 1 year)
  • I think it will copy pleasant grove. (Russell, 1.5 years)
  • It is changing every day… So YES. (Heather, 2 years)
  • It will fill with more people, but still have countryside. (Jennifer, 3 years)
  • I hope it doesn’t get too big. (Jessie, 3 years)
  • As more houses get built, bigger stores and entertainment buildings may come. (Rose, 3 years)
  • Expand. (Kani, 6 years)
  • I think it’ll get bigger, maybe more food spots. (Codie, 8.5 years)
  • I don’t think it will change very much, businesses close as fast as they open. (Melissa, 10 years)
  • I’m afraid new people will be more transient and go elsewhere for shopping and activities. (Loretta, 13 years)
  • Hopefully it’ll get a grocery store. (Rachel, 13 years)
  • I feel that Santaquin won’t change a bit- the city is too cheap. (Sarah, 15 years)
  • For the worst. (Anonymous, 18 years)
  • Just get bigger and bigger. (Kris, 22 years)
  • Grow. (Candace, 23 years)
  • A lot more people. (Cleann, 43 years)

Santaquin Facts

Any other interesting facts about Santaquin?

  • Good people, beautiful scenery. (Lynn, 1 year)
  • The haunted restaurant. (Heather, 2 years)
  • It’s the only place where I’ve seen horses walking down the street. (Rose, 3 years)
  • There’s a soccer field right next to the cemetery. (Codie, 8.5 years)
  • The people are good, the kids are cute and most dogs are friendly. You can ride your horse or atv down Main Street, you can get your prescriptions and pizza delivered, buy fresh produce and know the city officials by name. (Loretta, 13 years)
  • The City Council tends to think like a big city and try pushing agenda 21 and make Santaquin like a Communist community. (Anonymous, 18 years)