Originally the town was known by the biblical name of Sharon. It was later called Provo Bench; and then in 1914, the name was changed to Orem, after Walter C. Orem. Orem has an average elevation of 4756 feet and has the beautiful Utah Lake sitting on its eastern edge. This freshwater lake provides boating and camping along its beautiful shore. Mount Timpanogos is a popular attraction with a beautiful and steep hike up to historic caves that feature large stalactites and stalagmites. The Alpine school district consists of 16 elementary schools, three junior high schools, and three high schools. Various other private and extension campuses help provide a broad educational spectrum for its residents. UVU offers several different Bachelors and Masters degrees; and with its open enrollment policy, all applicants are accepted.

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With a city lifestyle rated higher than the national average, Orem, Utah is an excellent place to live. It is about 45 minutes to the south of Salt Lake City and is located in the Provo-Orem area. It is the fifth largest city in Utah, home of Utah Valley University and not far from Brigham Young University in Provo. Nationwide, it was listed as the fifth best place in the 2010 Forbes report to raise a family.

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