Evidence shows that property values do not decrease with proximity to a correctional facility. An examination of home value data for the two zip codes surrounding the Utah State Prison has revealed that the median total home prices and the median price per square foot for currently listed homes are comparable to, or higher than, those are Utah County or Salt Lake County as a whole. Property values are not determined solely by proximity to a correctional facility and are usually determined by a variable of greater importance. These include:
- Values and marketability of properties in the area prior to correctional facility construction;
- Interest rates, income growth, and unemployment rates; and
- Proximity to transportation networks, recreational and cultural amenities, and shopping centers.