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Provo Utah Education and City Information

Settled in 1849 as Fort Utah, Provo is the third largest city in the state. Brigham Young University, one of the nation's top-ranked schools, is located in Provo. Read the article below to learn about Provo, its economy and its options for education.

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Information About Provo, Utah

In 2014, Provo's population was estimated at 114,801 by the U.S. Census Bureau. Nearly 85 percent of the city's population was white alone, based on 2010 census figures, with just over 15 percent of the population identifying as Hispanic or Latino. Nearly 3 percent of residents were Asian.

Located in the Utah Valley, Provo sits at an elevation of more than 4,500 feet. The Wasatch Range's Y Mountain towers over Provo, with the mountains offering opportunities for skiing and hiking. The city averages just over 57 inches of snow per year, and daily mean temperatures range from a low of 31 degrees Fahrenheit in January to more than 77 degrees in July.

Attractions in Provo include the Covey Center for the Arts, the Provo Recreation Center and the Provo City Library at Academy Square, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' largest missionary training center also is located in Provo, as are the church's Provo Utah Temple and Provo Tabernacle.

Provo's Educational Opportunities

Provo is home to the main campus of Brigham Young University (BYU), ranked the nation's 66th best university by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. This private school was founded in 1875 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Mormon Church still supports the college to this day. In Fall 2014, BYU had more than 30,400 students, who were pursuing bachelor's through doctoral degrees or postbaccalaureate certificates.

A handful of other nonprofit postsecondary schools are located within a 15-mile radius of Provo, including Stevens-Henager College and Utah Valley University, both in Orem, and Mountainland Applied Technology College in Lehi.

Provo's Economy and Major Employers

In 2016, Forbes named Provo the No. 4 place in the country for business and careers, as well as No. 14 for cost of doing business and No. 3 for job growth. Major industries in the city include technology, health care and education, with key employers including research software company Qualtrics, home security and energy conservation company Vivint, and genealogy service Ancestry.com. Other notable employers are Brigham Young University, the Missionary Training Center and Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

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