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.
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.
Offering a variety of businesses and stores, Orem also includes the oldest mall, opened March 1973, in Utah County. The Osmond family, a well-known singing group, resides in the Provo area-some right in Orem. Another notable resident is the current governor of Utah, Gary Herbert. Many well-known companies also started up in Orem, such as Novell, WordPerfect, Power Quest, Zuka juice, and many others. Whether you are looking for a single family residence, townhouse, condo or property to build on, Orem offers a well-rounded economic and educational setting. There are around 20 city parks, as they take to heart the idea of offering green space for the people to enjoy. One of the things many people like is the definitive four seasons. Winters can be cold with 2 to 3 feet of snow, and summers can reach just over 100°. However, with the neighboring Wasatch Range, both winter and summer activities can be enjoyed. Spring and Fall bring beautiful colors and moderate temperatures. If this sounds like a place you would like being involved with, check out the listings in the Orem, Utah area to find the perfect place for you to live and raise your family. With the diverse background of its citizens, you are sure to fit right in. Whether you enjoy the great outdoors or cultural opportunities, you will appreciate the broad-spectrum of sports, theaters, dining, and recreational hotspots that are abundant.