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Orem, Utah
City
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
Area
 • Total 18.57 sq mi (48.10 km2)
 • Land 18.57 sq mi (48.10 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
4,774 ft (1,455 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 98,129
 • Density 5,267.22/sq mi (2,033.67/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
Area codes 385, 801
FIPS code 49-57300
GNIS feature ID 1444110
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Orem is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States, in the northern part of the state. It is adjacent to Provo, Lindon, and Vineyard and is approximately 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 2020 population was 98,129, while the 2010 population was 88,328 making it the fifth-largest city in Utah. Utah Valley University is located in Orem.

Orem uses the slogan "Family City USA."

Geography

Orem is located at 40°17′56″N 111°41′47″W / 40.29889°N 111.69639°W / 40.29889; -111.69639 (40.298753, -111.696486). 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.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 435
1900 692 59.1%
1910 1,064 53.8%
1920 1,664 56.4%
1930 1,915 15.1%
1940 2,914 52.2%
1950 8,351 186.6%
1960 18,394 120.3%
1970 25,729 39.9%
1980 52,399 103.7%
1990 67,561 28.9%
2000 84,324 24.8%
2010 88,328 4.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2011 the 88,112 residents of Orem had a racial and ethnic composition of 89.3% 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 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.

As of 2002, over 97% of all church-going citizens of Orem are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Due to the high numbers of Latter-day Saints in the area, Church President Russell M. Nelson announced a temple in Orem on October 5, 2019. The temple will be located a half mile south of the Interstate 15 exit at University Parkway on South Geneva Road.

Transportation

Public transit

Several modes of transportation are available in Orem. The Utah Transit Authority operates the Frontrunner train, Utah Valley Express (UVX) bus rapid transit and regular bus service in the city. The Orem station serves Utah Transit Authority's FrontRunner train. The UVX route runs from Orem Central Station through UVU and along University Parkway through Orem's uptown near its southern boundary with Provo, which is where the opposite end of the bus line is located.

Major highways

The road system includes an Interstate highway, US highways, state highways and city maintained roads. Interstate 15 runs through the west side of Orem with four interchanges in the city. US Highway 89 (State Street) runs northwest/southeast through the middle of the city, while US Highway 189 (University Avenue) passes through a short section of northeast Orem. There are also four state routes that pass through the city - SR-52 (800 North), SR-114 (Geneva Road), SR-241 (1600 North), and SR-265 (University Parkway).

City parks

City parks include:

  • Bonneville Park
  • Cascade Park
  • Cherryhill Park
  • City Center Park
  • Kwanzen 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

Economy

LDS Church in Orem against winter mountain background
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Orem set against winter mountain backdrop

Orem has a wide variety of stores and businesses. Orem is also home to the oldest mall in Utah County, opened in March 1973.

Top employers

According to the City's 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of employees Percent of Total

City Employment

1 Utah Valley University 2,969 7.4%
2 Alpine School District 1,540 3.8%
3 U.S. Synthetic Corporation 940 2.3%
4 City of Orem 538 1.3%
5 Timpanogos Regional Hospital 498 1.2%
6 Clearlink Technologies, LLC 443 1.1%
7 Wayfair 442 1.1%
8 Wal-Mart 375 0.9%
9 United Parcel Service, Inc. 356 0.9%
10 Mity-Lite, Inc. 355 0.9%
Total 8,456 21.1%

Company startups

Several notable companies started in Orem:

  • Blendtec
  • Bluehost
  • Caldera
  • Fishbowl Inventory
  • Flexsim
  • Mity-Lite
  • Novell (now owned by Micro Focus)
  • Omniture (now owned by Adobe Systems)
  • PowerQuest
  • Wahoo Studios
    • NinjaBee, subdivision of Wahoo Studios
  • WordPerfect (now owned by Corel, was at one time, when first named Satellite Software International [SSI], headquartered in the basement of the Orem City offices)
  • Zuka Juice

Sports

Hootz (Orem Owlz)
Hootz, the mascot of the Orem Owlz franchise in the Pioneer League

Orem has been home to a number of professional sports teams in addition to being the home to Utah Valley University's Wolverines athletic teams. The Orem Owlz minor league baseball team, a rookie league affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, began play in 2005. The Owlz won 5 championships and had more than 90 major league players as part of the team. The Owlz played their home games at UCCU Ballpark on the campus of Utah Valley University. The stadium has a capacity of 5,000 spectators. The Owlz competed in the Pioneer League against teams from Colorado, Idaho, Montana and one team in Utah - the Ogden Raptors. They relocated to Windsor, Colorado, in 2021 and became the Northern Colorado Owlz.

Orem has also been the home to two indoor football teams as well as a G League professional basketball team. In 1998, the Utah Catzz played their only season in the Professional Indoor Football League as the league only lasted one season. The Utah Flash was an NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers that was established in 2007.

Club Sport League Venue Established Concluded Championships Notes
Orem Owlz Baseball Pioneer League, Baseball UCCU Ballpark 2005 2020 5 The Pioneer League 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Utah Catzz Football Professional Indoor Football League UCCU Center 1998 1998 0 The Professional Indoor Football League only operated for one year during the 1998 season.
Utah Flash Basketball NBA G League UCCU Center 2007 2011 0 The Utah Flash was later moved and is now known as the Delaware Blue Coats.
Utah Valley Thunder Football American Indoor Football Association UCCU Center 2009 2009 0 The Utah Valley Thunder returned to the Arena Football League until 2013.

Education

Orem is located in the Alpine School District and is home to three high schools, three junior high schools, and 14 elementary schools. Stevens-Henager College is also located in Orem, as is an education center of Utah State University, and a campus of Broadview University (closed as of summer 2016).

Utah Valley University

Orem Campus Shots (2312918321)
Utah Valley University campus

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 bachelor's and master's degrees. UVU is the largest and fastest growing public university in Utah with its attendance of over 34,000 undergraduates. 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. The Roots of Knowledge stained glass display is located in the Fulton Library on campus.

Notable people

  • Alan Ashton - owns land of Thanksgiving Point and is co-founder of WordPerfect
  • Ben Cahoon - receiver for the Montreal Alouettes
  • William Campbell - California state legislator
  • James C. Christensen - fantasy, religious and surrealism artist
  • Ally Condie - New York Times bestselling author of the Matched series
  • LaVell Edwards - BYU football coach
  • Travis Hansen - former guard for Atlanta Hawks and is co-founder of EddyHR
  • Brett Helquist- illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Gary Herbert - former Governor of the State of Utah
  • Chelsie Hightower - So You Think You Can Dance season 4 finalist and professional ballroom dancer on Dancing with the Stars
  • Allison Holker - So You Think You Can Dance season 2 finalist
  • Julianne Hough - professional ballroom dancer on Dancing with the Stars and singer, born in Orem
  • John S. K. Kauwe III - Biologist and president of Brigham Young University–Hawaii
  • Paul Kruger - NFL linebacker for the Cleveland Browns
  • Chad Lewis - NFL tight end
  • Bert McCracken - lead vocals of the rock band The Used, was born in Provo but grew up in Orem
  • Marie Osmond - American actress and singer

Notable groups include:

  • Rock band The Used
  • The Aces (indie pop band)

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