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Orem, Utah

  •   State: 
    Utah County
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    40°17′56″N 111°41′47″W
      Area total: 
    18.57 sq mi (48.10 km²)
      Area land: 
    18.57 sq mi (48.10 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.00 sq mi (0.00 km²)
    4,774 ft (1,455 m)
    1877; Settled 1877 Town charter granted May 5, 1919
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Provo-Orem, UT
    Mountain Standard Time (MST) UTC-7:00; Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) UTC-6:00
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    Orem, Utah County, Utah, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    5,267.22 residents per square mile of area (2,033.67/km²)
      Household income: 
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Orem is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States, in the northern part of the state. It is adjacent to Provo, Lindon, and Vineyard and is approximately 45 miles (72 km) south of Salt Lake City. Orem is one of the principal cities of the Provo-Orem, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Utah and Juab counties. The 2020 population was 98,129, while the 2010 population was 88,328 making it the fifth-largest city inUtah. The city is renowned for the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, and its Summerfest celebration and parade in June is a popular local attraction. The 2000 Census counted 84,324 people, 23,382 households, and 19,079 families. The 2010 Census counted 88,112 residents, with a racial and ethnic composition of 89.3% white, 0.9% black or African American, 1.6% Asian, and 0.5% Pacific Islanders. This contrasts with the census of 2000, which showed a racial makeup of 90.80% White,0.33% African American, 0.73% Native American, 1.45% Asian, 3.86% Pacific Islander, 3.64% from other races, and 2.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.56% of the population. About 97% of all citizens of Orem are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Orem is the primary city name, but also Vineyard are acceptable city names or spellings, Bonnie, Bunker, Clyde, Lakeview on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. The official name is Orem, Utah. Orem was incorporated on May 5, 1919. In 1914 it was named after Walter C. Orem, President of the Salt Lake and Utah Railroad in the early 1900s. The area was known as Sharon, a Biblical name for a mostly level strip of land running between mountains and the sea, and the name of the Vermont birth town of Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. In an apparent attempt to attract more investment to the town and provide an easy way for the large population of farmers with orchards to ship produce, in 1914 the town was named Orem. The town is now home to the Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, and Brigham Young Medical Center. The Orem area was once known as the Provo Bench area, after Provo, Utah, which was the home of Brigham Young's father, Brigham Young, and his grandfather, Joseph Smith. It is now known as Orem and the Orem Canyon area, which is home to Orem Lake and Orem Falls. It was once called Sharon, after Sharon, the Biblical name of a land between the sea and the mountains, and also the name for the town where Joseph Smith was born. The name Orem was adopted in 1914 in an attempt to encourage more investment in the area. The city was incorporated in 1919 and is now located in the U.S. state of Utah. It has a population of about 2,000 people, mostly farmers and ranchers.

Arts and culture

Orem is renowned for the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. The Summerfest celebration and parade in June is a popular local attraction. Orem is home to the U.S. Open tennis tournament, which is held every year in Orem. It is also the home of the Utah State Fair, which runs from May to October. The U.N. World Heritage Site is located in the town of Orem and is open to the public every year from May through October.


Orem is located at 40°1756N 111°4147W (40.298753, -111.696486). Situated in a high desert, with an average elevation of 4,756 feet. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.4 square miles (48 km²), all land. The City is located near the eastern shore of Utah Lake, bordering Provo on the east and south, Vineyard to the west, Lindon contiguous to the north, and Mount Timpanogos/Wasatch Mountain range to the east. The city is located in the Wasatch National Forest, which is home to the tallest mountain in the state, the tallest peak in the U.S., the peak of 5,000 feet (1,400 meters) Orem is the home of the Mormon Church, which was founded in 1788. The Mormon Church is located on the eastern side of the Utah Lake shore, near the town of Orem, Utah. Orem was the site of the first Mormon temple, built in 1778, and is now home to a Mormon community. It is also the location of several Mormon burial grounds, including Orem Cemetery, which dates back to the 17th century. The town has a population of 2,000. The population of the city was 2,100 in the year 2000, according to the Census Bureau. The current population is 2,200, as of the 2010 Census.


As of 2011, the city had a racial and ethnic composition of 89.3% white, 0.9% black or African American, 1.6% Asian, and 0.5% Pacific Islanders. The 2000 Census counted 84,324 people, 23,382 households, and 19,079 families. The median income for a household in the city was $52,703, and the median family income was $59,066. Due to the high numbers of Latter-day Saints in the area, Church President Russell M. Nelson announced a temple in Orem on October 5, 2019. The temple will be located a half mile south of the Interstate 15 exit at University Parkway on South Geneva Road. Over 97% of all church-going citizens of Orem are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The city has a large Mexican American community with other Latinos residing in theCity. The population of O Rem was 88,112 as of the 2011 census, with 14.8% Hispanic or Latino of any race. The 2010 census showed a racial makeup of 90.80% White,0.33% African American, 0.73% Native American. and 1.45% Asian. The 2011 census also showed that the city's population was 89,112, with 4% non-Hispanics reporting some other race, 2.9%, and 2.18% from two or more races. Orem is located in the Salt Lake Valley and is home to the University of Utah.


Utah Valley University is a public university operated by the state of Utah. UVU is the largest and fastest growing public university in Utah with its attendance of over 34,000 undergraduates. The campus's notable features include the UCCU Center, the Digital Learning Center library, the Hal Wing Track and Field Complex, and the Woodbury School of Business. The Roots of Knowledge stained glass display is located in the Fulton Library on campus. Stevens-Henager College is also located in Orem, as is an education center of Utah State University. The Alpine School District is home to three high schools, three junior high schools and 14 elementary schools. The school district is also home to a number of private schools, including Orem High School and Orem Christian School. The high school is the only one in the district that is not part of the Utah Valley School District, which is the state's largest school district. The college district is the second-largest in the state, after the University of Utah, with a total enrollment of more than 30,000 students. The university is one of the United States' only Open Enrollment Universities offering acceptance to all applicants. As a university, UVU offers a wide variety of bachelor's and master's degrees. It is also the largest public university to offer an online bachelor's degree program in the U.S., with over 2,500 students enrolled in its online program. It also offers an online master's program, with more than 1,200 students enrolled.


The city of Orem is governed by a council-manager system. The mayor and council members are elected and serve part-time, while the city manager is appointed and serves full-time. There are six city council members that serve alongside the mayor. Mayor and city council are elected to four year terms. List of mayors (years served): B. M. Jolley (1941-1945) J. W. Gillman (1946-1953) Ray E. Loveless (1953-1957) Luzell Robbins (1958-1959) James E. Mangum (1966-1967) Winston M. Crawford (1968-1973) James W. Squire (1982-1985) David A. Young (2022-Current)List of council members (yearsServed): Chris Yandow (1999-1999)Jerry C. Washburn (2000-2011) Died on September 26, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. James T. Evans (2011-2014) Richard F. Brunst, Jr. (2014-2021) Guidelines for council members in Orem are as follows: Council members must be at least 25 years old and have served at least three years in office. Council members can only serve one term at a time. The city manager can only be appointed for a maximum of two years. The council can only choose one person to serve as city manager for a total of three years, and that person must be a member of the city council.


Orem has a wide variety of stores and businesses. Orem is also home to the oldest mall in Utah County, opened in March 1973. According to the City's 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:According to the city's 2019 comprehensive annual financial report, theTop employers in Orem are: Orem City is home to several notable companies, including Blendtec, Novell, PowerQuest, and Wahoo Studios. The city is also the home of Zuka Juice, which was founded in the basement of the city offices in the 1970s. The Orem Police Department is based in the town of Orem, Utah, and has been in charge of the Orem PD for the past seven years. The department was once known as Satellite Software International [SSI], and was headquartered in the City offices. It was at one time, when first named Satellite Software international [SSi], headquartered in a basement in the O Rem City offices, and was known as SSI-Orem. It is now known as Orem police station, and is located in the downtown area of the town. The police department is part of the Utah County Sheriff's Office, which has been based in O Rem for the last seven years, and also has its own police station in the West Valley City area, which opened in the 1990s. It has been the location of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Utah since 1998. The U.N. World Trade Center is in the area, and opened in 2002.


Orem has been home to a number of professional sports teams in addition to being the home to Utah Valley University's Wolverines athletic teams. The Orem Owlz minor league baseball team, a rookie league affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, began play in 2005. The Owlz won 5 championships and had more than 90 major league players as part of the team. They relocated to Windsor, Colorado, in 2021 and became the Northern Colorado Owlz. In 1998, the Utah Catzz played their only season in the Professional Indoor Football League as the league only lasted one season. The Utah Flash was an NBA G League affiliate of. the Philadelphia 76ers that was established in 2007. The Flash were a G League professional basketball team that was based in Orem and played in the G League from 2007 to 2008. The team was a member of the NBA's New York Knicks and the NBA Development League's New Jersey Nets. They were a part of both the NBA and the Development League from 2008 to 2010. They also played a single season of indoor football in 1998. They played in a league called the PIF League. In 2011, the team was sold to the Colorado Rockies and moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2012, the Rockies moved back to Orem to play in the Pioneer League. The Colorado Rockies moved to a new stadium in Windsor and will be known as the Colorado Springs Owlz in 2021. They will play their home games at UCCU Ballpark on the campus of Utah valley University.


The road system includes an Interstate highway, US highways, state highways, and city-maintained roads. The Utah Transit Authority operates the Frontrunner train, Utah Valley Express (UVX) bus rapid transit and regular bus service in the city. The UVX route runs from Orem Central Station through UVU and along University Parkway through Orem's uptown near its southern boundary with Provo. There are also four state routes that pass through the city - SR-52 (800 North/Canyon Parkway), SR-114 (Geneva Road),SR-241 (1600 North), and SR-265 (University Parkway). The Orem station serves Utah Transit authority's FrontRunner train. The city is home to the University of Utah, where the UVX line runs from UVU to the city center. Orem is also home to Utah State University, which is located near the city's downtown area. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is based in Orem and has a training base at the Orem Army Airfield. The Army Corps has a base at Orem, where it has a maintenance facility for the Utah State Highway System. The base is also used by the Utah National Guard and the Utah Air National Guard. The Salt Lake City Air Force Base is located in the east of the city, near the Utah state line. It is the only major airport in the state that has a direct connection to the Salt Lake Valley. The airport is located on the Utah-Utah border and is known as the Utah International Airport.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Orem, Utah County, Utah = 23.2. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 52. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 91. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Orem = 4.5 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 98,129 individuals with a median age of 25.4 age the population grows by 13.83% in Orem, Utah County, Utah population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 5,267.22 residents per square mile of area (2,033.67/km²). There are average 3.48 people per household in the 27,331 households with an average household income of $56,197 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 6.30% of the available work force and has dropped -4.47% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 24.76%. The number of physicians in Orem per 100,000 population = 121.4.


The annual rainfall in Orem = 13 inches and the annual snowfall = 29.1 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 78. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 223. 91 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 20.4 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 67, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Orem, Utah County, Utah which are owned by the occupant = 65.41%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 25 years with median home cost = $196,120 and home appreciation of -6.46%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $5.29 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $3,475 per student. There are 22.7 students for each teacher in the school, 894 students for each Librarian and 857 students for each Counselor. 9.90% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 24.31% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 11.20% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Orem's population in Utah County, Utah of 4,363 residents in 1900 has increased 22,49-fold to 98,129 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.34% female residents and 49.66% male residents live in Orem, Utah County, Utah.

    As of 2020 in Orem, Utah County, Utah are married and the remaining 40.35% are single population.

  • 18.7 minutes is the average time that residents in Orem require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    75.97% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 15.13% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.35% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 5.27% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Orem, Utah County, Utah, 65.41% are owner-occupied homes, another 31.31% are rented apartments, and the remaining 3.28% are vacant.

  • The 87.46% of the population in Orem, Utah County, Utah who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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