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Orem, Utah

City of Orem
Orem City Center
Orem City Center
Nickname(s): Family City USA
Location in Utah County and the state of Utah
Location in Utah County and the state of Utah
Country United States
State Utah
County Utah
Settled 1877
Town charter granted May 5, 1919
Named for Walter C. Orem
 • Mayor Richard Brunst
 • Spokesman Steven Downs
 • Total 18.3 sq mi (47.4 km2)
 • Land 18.3 sq mi (47.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 4,774 ft (1,455 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 90,749
 • Density 4,826.6/sq mi (1,863.5/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Area code(s) 385, 801
FIPS code 49-57300[1]
GNIS feature ID 1444110[2]
Website .org.oremwww

Orem is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States, in the north-central part of the state. It is adjacent to Provo, Lindon, and Vineyard and is about 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 population was 84,324 at the 2000 census, while the 2010 population was 88,328[3] making it the fifth-largest city in Utah. Utah Valley University is located in Orem. The Orem Owlz of the minor league baseball Pioneer League play their home games at the college.

Orem uses the moniker "Family City USA". In fact, in 2010 Forbes rated it the 5th best place to raise a family.[4] At one time 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.[5] Another former name was Provo Bench. 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 it was named after Walter C. Orem, President of the Salt Lake and Utah railroad in the early 1900s. Orem was incorporated in 1919.


Orem is located at (40.298753, -111.696486).[6] Its average elevation is 4756 feet.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.4 square miles (48 km2), all of it land.

The City of Orem is located on the eastern shore of Utah Lake. It borders Provo, Utah on the east and south, and is located at the base of Mount Timpanogos.

Orem is renowned for the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, and its Summerfest celebration and parade in June is a popular local attraction. In addition, Orem has more square area of parks as compared to city size than any other city in Utah.


As of 2011 the 88,112 residents of Orem had a racial and ethnic composition of 89.3% non-Hispanic white, 0.9% black or African American, 0.9% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islanders,4% non-Hispanics reporting some other race, 2.9% two or more races reported and 14.8% Hispanic, as Orem has a large Mexican American community with other Latinos residing in the city. This contrasts with the census[1] of 2000, which showed a racial makeup of 90.80% White, 0.33% African American, 0.73% Native American, 1.45% Asian, 0.86% 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. The 2000 Census counted 84,324 people, 23,382 households, and 19,079 families. The population density at that time was 4,572.6 people per square mile (1,765.6/km²). There were 24,166 housing units at an average density of 1,310.4 per square mile (506.0/km²). There were 23,382 households out of which 48.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.0% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4% were non-families. 12.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.57 and the average family size was 3.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 35.4% under the age of 18, 17.4% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 14.5% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $52,703, and the median income for a family was $59,066. Males had a median income of $42,249 versus $30,742 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,971. About 10.3% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16% of those under age 18 and 6% of those age 65 or over.


Orem is located in the Alpine School District[7] and is home to three high schools, three junior high schools, and 16 elementary schools.[8] Stevens-Henager College is also located in Orem, as is an education center of Utah State University, and a campus of Broadview University.

Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University is a public university operated by the state of Utah. UVU is one of the United States only Open Enrollment Universities offering an acceptance to all applicants. As a university UVU offers a wide variety of bachelors and masters degrees. UVU is the largest and fastest growing public university in Utah with its attendance of over 34,000 undergraduates.[9] 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.


List of mayors of Orem:

  • B. M. Jolley (1941-1945)
  • J. W. Gillman (1946-1953)
  • Ray E. Loveless (1953)
  • Leland Jarman (1954-1957)
  • Luzell Robbins (1958)
  • V. Emil Hansen (1958-1959)
  • Melbourne D. Wallace (1960-1961)
  • G. Milton Jameson (1962-1965)
  • James E. Mangum (1966-1967)
  • Winston M. Crawford (1968-1973)
  • James E. Mangum (1974-1981)
  • Delance W. Squire (1982-1985)
  • S. Blaine Willes (1986-1991)
  • Joyce Johnson (1991)
  • Stella Welsh (1992-1997)
  • Joseph Nelson (died in office) (1998-1999)
  • Chris Yandow (1999-2000)
  • Jerry C. Washburn (1999–2011)[10] Died on Sept. 26, 2011 after a long battle with cancer.[11]
  • James T. Evans (2011-2014)
  • Richard F. Brunst, Jr. (2014-Current)


SecurityMetrics headquarters in Orem

Orem has a wide variety of stores and businesses. One of the oldest businesses still operating in Orem is the locally owned Park's Sportsman, opened in the 1950s. Orem is also home to the oldest mall in Utah County, opened in March 1973.[12]

Top employers

According to the City's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[13] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of employees
1 Utah Valley University 1,528
2 Alpine School District 1,234
3 Convergys 647
4 Timpanogos Regional Hospital 600
5 City of Orem 532
6 Adobe (Omniture) 500
7 Wal-Mart 435
8 US Synthetic 430
9 iMergent 335
10 Target 317


Hootz, the mascot of the Orem Owlz franchise in the Pioneer League
Club League Venue Established Championships
Orem Owlz Pioneer League, Baseball Brent Brown Ballpark 2005 3
Utah Flash (Defunct) D-League, Basketball UCCU Center 2007-2011 0

Notable residents

Company startups

Several notable companies started in Orem:

City Parks


  • Bonneville Park
  • Cascade Park
  • Cherryhill Park
  • City Center Park
  • Community Park
  • Foothill Park
  • Geneva Park
  • Hillcrest Park
  • Lakeside Sports Park
  • Mt. Timpanogos Park
  • Nielson's Grove Park
  • Northridge Park
  • Orchard Park
  • SCERA Park
  • Sharon Park
  • Skate Park
  • Springwater Park
  • Westmore Park
  • Windsor Park


See also


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ 2010 Census summary file for Orem
  4. ^ Levy, Francesca (June 7, 2010). "America's Best Places to Raise a Family". Forbes. 
  5. ^ Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial. (2012-02-21). Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  7. ^ Alpine School District
  8. ^
  9. ^ "UVU At a Glance". The College Board. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  10. ^ Spring 2009BYU Magazine
  11. ^ Orem mayor loses battle with cancer. (2011-09-26). Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
  12. ^ Buckley, Jay H. (2010). Orem. Arcadia Publishing.  
  13. ^ City of Orem CAFR
  14. ^  
  15. ^
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External links

  • City's Official Website
  • Alpine School District Orem Utah Public Schools
  • Utah Valley University Public Education based in Orem UT
  • Broadview University - Orem Campus
  • Timpanogos Storytelling Festival Annual storytelling festival at the end of the summer
  • Orem Summerfest June Festival featuring games, rides, talent festival, children's parade, fireworks, restaurant taste booths
  • Orem, Utah Business Directory and Search Engine for Orem, Utah

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