Moving to Spanish Fork, UT: A Neighbor Moving Guide

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Moving to Spanish Fork, UT: A Neighbor Moving Guide

So you’re thinking about moving to Spanish Fork, Utah? Don’t worry, we get it! Spanish Fork is a big city with a small town feel, part of the Provo metropolitan area and right next to the scenic Spanish Fork Canyon. However, You don’t just move to a new city now—your moving to a new neighborhood, and this guide will give you everything you need to know about moving to Spanish Fork.

With close to twenty-thousand incorporated cities in the United States bringing so many diverse opportunities and possibilities, it can be hard to settle on just one. This Neighbor Spanish Fork Moving guide will highlight the pros and cons of each area, so you can focus on finding your tribe and making a solid life for yourself.

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I. Spanish Fork Overview

Spanish Fork is a thriving city with a Population of 37,527 and over 10,439 Households. The Median Age is 25.5 and the average family size is 3.7. 52.4% of the population is Male, 47.6% is Female, and 61.2% of the population is married. The community is made up of 8 different neighborhoods covering 13.2 square miles at an Altitude of 4,549 ft ASL. The average temperature is 77 Degrees in the Summer and 25 Degrees in the Winter. Spanish Fork is home to hundreds of restaurants, several shopping areas, and many other fun things to do.

Personal Experiences From People Living in Spanish Fork

Neighbor has partnered with Lifey (Selfie + Life Story = Lifey) to give you the grass roots information on Spanish Fork, Utah. Lifey has compiled hundreds of personal experiences, tips and tricks, favorite things, least favorite things, random facts, and much more all about Spanish Fork. Read about it all in Lifey’s Guide to Spanish Fork.

II. Neighborhoods in Spanish Fork

Moving to a new city has its advantages because you can pick which neighborhood you live in and what type of people you want to associate with. Smaller towns and cities lack what Spanish Fork provides. Below is a list of all the neighborhoods located in Spanish Fork along with a description of the area, local statistics, and its location in relation to other larger surrounding cities.

  • Benjamin/Lake Shore Neighborhood
  • Brockbank West Neighborhood
  • Canyon/River Bottom Rd Neighborhood
  • Eagle Cove Neighborhood
  • Spanish Fields Neighborhood
  • Spanish Fork East Neighborhood
  • Spanish Oaks Neighborhood
  • Sunset Park Neighborhood

The main draw to Spanish Fork is Spanish Fork Canyon and the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds that make up most, if not all, of the attractions in Spanish Fork. There are shops, theaters, restaurants, plays, and then there is all of Provo Canyon that is less than a 20 minute drive from anywhere in Spanish Fork. Spanish Fork is a very beautiful city and has many differing attractions with the mountains, lakes, reservoirs, resorts, national parks, desert, and shopping within reach of you in only a matter of minutes!

III. Spanish Fork Crime Rates

Need I say more? You need to know what is going on within your chosen neighborhood. You don’t want any drunken surprises, drug busts, or robberies happening in your neighborhood. Thankfully for you, Spanish Fork is known for being a safe and secure neighborhood.

Spanish Fork received a crime rate of 75.1 which is astoundingly lower than the US average of 280.5. Within 2016 there were 0 murders, 3 rapes, 4 robberies, 3 assaults, 75 burglaries, 445 thefts, 21 auto thefts, and 1 arson attempt. This is considerably lower than, for example, Chicago which had 765 murders, 1,568 rapes, and 12,000 robberies in 2016. Compared to those numbers, Spanish Fork seems like a pretty nice place to live!

There are also many opportunities to volunteer and join a service organization within Spanish Fork. These organizations provide support and encouragement to those residents who need it the most.

Service Organizations:

  • Legacy House of Spanish Fork
  • Extended Family INC
  • TURN Community Services
  • Beehive Homes of Spanish Fork
  • Spanish Fork Area Chamber
  • New Haven RTC

Other Volunteer Resources:

IV. Spanish Fork Schools & Stats

If you have children then this is probably one of the most important thing you should be thinking about. Where are your kids going to go to school? How good is the school when compared to the others in the area? Does the school specialize in a certain subject, and will your children enjoy that? These are all serious questions that need answered. We’ve done the hard work for you and found a link put together with all the schools in the district. You can learn more at each school’s website, but first check out the link of all the schools within the Nebo School District.

  • 29 Local Elementary Schools
  • 7 Local Junior High / Middle Schools
  • 7 Local High Schools
  • 2 Accredited Colleges

Since there are so many schools to report on feel free to visit the link above for all their information, but we’ve broken down the interesting stats on the 3 High Schools in the Spanish Fork area so you can make an informed decision on where you want to live if you have high schoolers. For more in-depth information, visit Nebo.edu and compare the below assessments.

Spanish Fork High SchoolSpanish Fork high school logo

Spanish Fork High School is an above-average public school located in Spanish Fork, Utah. Spanish Fork High School serves students grades 10-12 and has a student-teacher ratio of 24:1. The average graduation rate is 96%, and the school was recently rated #51 out of 161 schools for Best Public High Schools in Utah by Niche.

  • Enrollment: 1,285
  • Principal: Dave McKee
  • Assistant Principal: Curtis Burton and Jo Lynn Ford
  • Address: 99 North 300 West, Spanish Fork, UT 84660
  • Phone: (801) 798-4060
  • Mascot: Dons
  • School Colors: Red, Black, and White

Maple Mountain High SchoolMaple Mountain high school logo

Founded in 2009, Maple Mountain High School is a public high school in Spanish Fork, Utah. The high school serves students grades 10-12 in both Spanish Fork and Mapleton Areas. The student to teacher ratio is 26:1 with more than 400 hundred students in each respective grade. The abbreviation for Maple Mountain High School, MMHS, is highlighted on their website as so:

Motivated Learners

Multilevel Problem Solvers

Highly Effective Communicators

Socially Responsible Citizens

  • Enrollment: 1222 students
  • Principal: DeAnn Nielsen
  • Assistant Principal: Jeff Nelson and Shea Bradshaw
  • Address: 51 N Spanish Fork Parkway, Spanish Fork, UT 84660
  • Phone: (801) 794-6740
  • Mascot: Golden Eagles
  • School Colors: Maroon and Gold

Landmark High SchoolLandmark high school logo

Landmark High School is a public, alternative school located in Spanish Fork, Utah. Landmark High School has over 300 students in grades 10-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 11:1. The schools purpose, as listed on their website, is to “provide quality educational alternatives in a safe and caring environment.”

  • Enrollment: 300
  • Principal: Lynn Mecham
  • Assistant Principal: Scott Carson
  • Address: 612 S Main St. Spanish Fork, UT 84660
  • Phone: (801) 798-4030
  • Mascot: Dragons
  • School Colors: Yellow and Red

V. Homes for Sale in Spanish Fork

Moving to a new state, city, or neighborhood is a perfect time to consider buying a home. It’s a new start and would completely establish you in the area and with your neighbors. However, there are a few things you should consider other than the color of the cabinets, how plush the carpet is, or the bedroom count. Consider which neighborhoods are going to be growing, where the shopping malls are, where landmarks are located, and how old the house is. All these things directly affect home valuations. You want to buy a home that will continue to appreciate in value so you can sell if for a profit when you decide to move again later in life.

Check out Zillow’s Home Buying Guide to get help figuring out everything you need to know through a step-by-step process to buy a home. The estimated average home price or condo value in Spanish Fork is currently $232,339 for a medium home with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. We’ve compiled a list of calculators to help you purchase a home in Spanish Fork and figure out how much you can afford when it comes to mortgages, refinancing, and affordability of homes you are looking at.

Home Buying Calculators:

VI. Apartments in Spanish Fork

Renting an apartment is almost as stressful as entering into a new relationship. You have to search for the perfect match, with the right amenities, price, location, features, and above all, the other tenants and your landlord have to be on point. You’ll be living in a neighborhood within a neighborhood—a community that functions within society as a whole, and you want to be in the best position possible. You need a landlord who fits your personality type so you don’t clash over the dumbest things. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a few resources to help make the process seamless and easy.

  • Rent Affordability Calculator
  • List of Nice Apartment Complexes
  • Documents you need ready when you are renting:
    • Past 60 days of Paystubs
    • Bank Statements
    • Driver’s License or Passport
    • Recommendations from Friends and Family
    • Vehicle Registration and Proof of Insurance
    • Social Security Number
    • Previous Rental History
    • References
    • Job History
    • Checkbook
  • Check out brand new properties.
  • Look at middle floor units.
  • When you find a place you like, jump on it!
  • Negotiate on a fixer-upper.
  • Choose your amenities wisely.

VII. Spanish Fork Cost of Living

Find out from the locals how much groceries are, average rent/mortgages, property expenses, taxes, etc. The better idea you can get before arriving, the more prepared you can be—and also the more negotiating power you’ll have when you’re determining what to request for your salary if you are moving here for work. The cost of living index will help you understand if you can afford to live in Spanish Fork, Utah, how this city compares to other cities within Utah, and how Utah compares to others in the USA. Take the cost of living seriously and it could save you lots of money in the long run.

Currently the cost of living index for Spanish Fork is 86.2 which is less than the average across the United States. This means it is relatively cheaper to live in Spanish Fork than most cities across the US.

VIII. Things To Do in Spanish Fork, Utah

Let’s be honest for a second. The main thing we care about when moving to a new city or neighborhood is ‘what is there to do in Spanish Fork?’ We care less about the crime rates than we do the food scene, fitness gyms, grocery stores, shopping malls, theatres, etc. No one wants to live in a place that has no nightlife! So what is there to do in Spanish? More than you would think!

  • Spanish Fork Canyon
  • Spanish Fork River Park and Trail
  • Spanish Fork Fairgrounds
  • Canyon View Park
  • Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple
  • Dripping Rock
  • Springville Museum of Art
  • Fifth Water Hot Springs

Spanish Fork Attraction Resources

IX. Spanish Fork Commuting & Public Transit

How accessible is Spanish Fork? Before settling down in any given neighborhood you need to check out how close it is to the main cities and attractions. You don’t want to have to live in Big Water, Utah which is 5 hours and 39 minutes from Salt Lake City or where there is no public transit. We’ve compiled the best commuting times, average gas prices, and available public transit surrounding Spanish Fork below.

Commuting Times can make or break an apartment or house when you are deciding on a place to live. Unless you want to be out in the open and in the countryside then I’d suggest looking up the typical travel times from Spanish Fork out to the nearest cities.

Commuting Times

Travel Time from Spanish Fork to the Attractions and National Parks

Average Gas Prices around Spanish Fork

  • Average Gas Prices – $3.02 per Gallon – From 2018
  • Lowest Average Gas Prices – $2.95 per Gallon – From 2018
  • Highest Average Gas Prices — $3.15 per Gallon — From 2018

       For real time insights into gas prices in Spanish Fork visit GasBuddy.com!

Available Public Transit

X. Cheap Self Storage in Spanish Fork

If you are moving then you should seriously consider self storageIt could take a while to find the perfect neighborhood in a day, week, month, or year. You’ll want to arrange for a cheap self storage unit that can protect your belongings while you continue your search for home. You need something flexible, cheap, and in a convenient location—you need Neighbor Storage. Neighbor’s got you covered with their self storage platform. The prices below speak for themselves.

Average Price of Storage in Spanish Fork:

Unit Size Traditional Self Storage Facility Price Neighbor’s Average Price
5 x 5 $23 $5
5 x 10 $27 $20
10 x 10 $48 $25
10 x 15 $61 $44
10 x 20 $77 $26
10 x 20+ $329 $26

We’ve listed out all the unit sizes you could possibly imagine. You won’t need anything bigger than an 10 x 20 storage unit unless you are trying to store an RV in which case you should really be looking at Neighbor’s website for a space to save you money. The traditional self storage unit prices are almost double every time for every size of storage unit available. Neighbor provides storage at affordable costs, secure locations, and has on demand units so you can get a unit anytime, every time. Find cheap Spanish Fork self storage or rent out your extra space on Neighbor.

XI. Conclusion: Home Sweet Home?

You can literally move anywhere in the United States. According to a Pew Research Center Survey, 37% of Americans have never lived outside their hometown and 57% have never lived outside their home state. Don’t fall into that statistic! Be a traveler, explorer, or nomad of the the USA suburbia! Why not try living in Spanish Fork, Utah? If not, explore other new neighborhoods near you and only settle when you have found the city that fits your vibe.

Author: Sydney Runyon

I am a recent graduate of Liberty University where I obtained my bachelors in journalism. I am now working toward my masters in strategic communications in the hopes of one day working within public relations. When I’m not working on my schooling, I enjoy spending time with my family, sitting down with a good book and being outdoors.

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