City of Orem Quality of Life

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Orem, UT Quality Life

Quality of Life

Life in Orem is good. There are many things that set Orem apart from other cities and towns. Orem offers its residents great schools, a thriving environment for businesses of all sizes, and a family friendly atmosphere. Orem is located amidst the majestic beauty of Mt. Timpanogos, and has local ski resorts, mountain biking trails, rock climbing, a golf course, and dozens of parks and places to play; we even have our own professional baseball team the Orem Owlz. Orem has several major festivals: Orem’s Summerfest and Timpanogos Storytelling Festival; as well as art and cultural centers like the Hale Center Theater and SCERA Center for the Arts.

If you have never been to Orem we invite you to see for yourself how much better life is in Orem. Here are some of the recognitions our city has been presented with recently.

Ranking Region Title Organization
1 Orem 2016 Top 10 Cities for Working Parents SmartAsset
1 Orem/Provo 2016 The Most Entrepreneurial Small and Mid-Size Metros SmartAsset
1 Orem/Provo 2014 Best Well-Being Gallup
1 Orem/Provo 2013 Best Cities for Successful Aging Milken Institute
2 Orem/Provo 2016 Best Performing Cities Milken Institute
2 Orem/Provo 2013 Best Midsize Cities for Jobs Forbes Magazine
2 Orem/Provo 2013 Best Places for Business and Careers Forbes Magazine
3 Orem 2016 Best Cities of 2016 SmartAsset
12 Orem/Provo 2013 Most Secure Midsize Cities Farmers Insurance
17 Orem 2016 Safest Place to Raise a Child SafeWise
25 Orem 2014 Best Places to Live Time Money
30 Orem 2014 America's 50 Best Cities to Live 24/7 Wall Street

 

Education Highlights

Orem has 16 elementary schools, three junior high schools and four high schools.  Additionally, there are three charter schools, two private schools, three alternative schools and one special education school within the city limits.

Crime

Orem has a low crime rate. This article shows that crime in Orem dropped from 2012 to 2013.

From the article:

Spanish Fork, Pleasant Grove, Orem and Payson all saw drops in crime from 2012 to 2013, while Springville's crime rate saw no change.

Lt. Craig Martinez with the Orem Department of Public Safety said that despite the reduced crime rates in Orem, residents still need to be vigilant in protecting their property and reporting suspicious activity.

"We do live in Orem, we do live in Utah and generally this is a very safe city and a very safe state and I wouldn't live anywhere else to raise my kids, but this isn't Mayberry. Don't give criminals a reason to victimize you," Martinez said. "There are always criminals looking to victimize someone. We are trying to show residents how to better protect themselves."

Orem  2012 2013
 Homicide  1 2
 Rape  16 13
 Robbery  16 15
 Assault  142 109
 Burglary  189 192
 Theft  2,123 1,790
 Auto Theft  111 99
 Total  2,598 2,220

Home Value

Orem city 2015 2020
Median Home Value $246,401 $313,112
Average Home Value $284,201 $355,622
<$50,000 27 18
$50,000 - $99,999 208 117
$100,000 - $149,999 839 236
$150,000 - $199,999 2,656 1,096
$200,000 - $249,999 4,578 3,171
$250,000 - $299,999 3,168 3,118
$300,000 - $399,999 2,553 4,187
$400,000 - $499,999 995 2,813
$500,000 - $749,999 657 1,285
$750,000 - $999,999 131 374
$1,000,000 + 145 195
Source: ESRI, 2016-02-11

Housing Year Built

Year Range Houses Built
2010 or Later 221
2000-2009 3,256
1990-1999 6,059
1980-1989 4,574
1970-1979 7,117
1960-1969 1,962
1950-1959 2,447
1940-1949 998
1939 or Before 622
Source: ESRI, 2016-02-11

Commute

Category Commuters
Workers 16+ 39,750
In-County Residents 35,236
Out-of-County Residents 4,288
Drive Alone 30,382
Carpooled 4,689
Public Transport 878
Work at Home 2,017
Less than 5 minutes 1,487
5-9 minutes 6,143
10-14 minutes 9,320
15-19 minutes 8,307
20-24 minutes 5,155
25-29 minutes 1,335
30-34 minutes 2,180
35-39 minutes 551
40-44 minutes 478
45-59 minutes 1,665
60-89 minutes 677
90+ minutes 435
Average Travel Time 18
Source: ESRI, 2016-02-11

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