Provo, UT
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Living in Provo


Provo is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Utah. With a population of 115,162 people and 33 constituent neighborhoods, Provo is the fourth largest community in Utah.

Housing costs in Provo are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Utah.

Provo is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.27% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Provo is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Provo who work in office and administrative support (14.51%), teaching (12.74%), and sales jobs (10.00%).

Also of interest is that Provo has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Provo is also a city of artists. Provo has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Provo’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Provo telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.72% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Provo is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Provo has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Provo enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Provo.

Not only is Provo a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Provo a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Provo is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Provo area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of Provo are among the most well-educated in the nation: 42.88% of adults in Provo have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Provo in 2018 was $21,607, which is low income relative to Utah, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,428 for a family of four. However, Provo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Provo is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Provo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Provo residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Provo also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.67% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Provo include English, German, European, Danish, and Irish.

The most common language spoken in Provo is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.