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Demographics 28
Economy 69
Education 62
Health 57
Housing 65
Infrastructure 50

#62. Orem, UT

Orem, UT is a small city 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City known for its stunning natural beauty. Nicknamed “Family City USA,” Orem has established a reputation for being a great place to raise a family. For such a small city, there are a number of things to do and see. You will find activities for every season of the year, including hiking, biking, golfing and rollerblading. The high desert town is also home to the Utah Valley University and the renowned annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. 

Top Colleges/Universities: Utah Valley University 

Top Industries & Employers: Construction, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals are the top industries in Orem.

Weekend Plans: The Orem City All-Together Playground is the first playground in the area designed to accommodate children of all abilities. 

Favorite Place to Feast: Five Star BBQ slowly cooks its meat over low temperatures, making it one of the best barbecue joints in the state. 

Beloved Beverage: Everyone is a mad scientist of soda at FiiZ Drinks, where you can choose between thousands of flavor combinations to make your own drink. 

Outdoorsy Activity: The pristine 17-mile Murdock Canal Trail that winds through the Utah Valley is one of the state’s best-kept secrets. 

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: The Orem Bark Park is located at Mount Timpanogos Park at the mouth of Provo Canyon, so you can take in all the beautiful scenery while your pooch runs off its pent-up energy. 

Remote Work Perk: The area’s mild temperatures along with 223 days of sunshine means anytime you are not working, it will be a great day to explore the great outdoors. 

One More Thing … The city was named after a man who never lived there. To win favor with railroad tycoon Walter Orem, town officials named the town Orem

– Brittany Anas

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