Orem, UT ranks 47 of America's top 50 most livable cities

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

As the land of opportunity, the United States has attracted people from around the world for centuries. Yet not all parts of the country are equally desirable, and some cities are far more livable than others.

On an individual level, subjective measures often override other, more objective, considerations. Sometimes, we live in a place simply because it is where we grew up — it is familiar and where we feel at ease. Still, a range of factors can help compare U.S. cities objectively. Low crime, a healthy economy and affordability are just a few examples of universally desirable attributes in any community.

24/7 Wall St. created an index of over three dozen socioeconomic measures to identify the 50 best American cities to live in. The most livable cities span the country — from the Deep South to New England and from the Mid-Atlantic to the Pacific Northwest.

47. Orem, Utah

> Population: 97,508
> Median home value: $238,700
> Poverty rate: 11.9% (bottom 25%)
> Percent of population with at least a bachelor’s degree: 36.8%

Orem, Utah has less crime and lower unemployment than nearly any other U.S. city. In 2016, there were just 67 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents, far less than the national crime rate of 386 incidents per 100,000 Americans. Just 11.9% of residents live in poverty, and only 3.1% of the workforce is unemployed — each among the smaller shares of any U.S. city.

Orem is also one of many fast-growing mid-size cities in the United States. The Orem population increased by 7.5% between 2011 and 2016, more than twice the national growth rate. Between 2014 and 2016, the city’s workforce increased 10.2%, the 10th most of any city. One factor fueling economic growth in Orem is the Silicon Slopes, a growing cluster of technology companies in the Provo-Orem metropolitan area.

(According to USA Today's article, other great Utah cities to live in include South Jordan and Layton.)

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