Orem, UT
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Orem is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Utah. With a population of 97,499 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Orem is the fifth largest community in Utah.

Orem is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Orem is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Orem who work in office and administrative support (16.18%), sales jobs (11.92%), and management occupations (9.27%).

Also of interest is that Orem has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Orem is also a city of artists. Orem has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Orem’s character.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Orem really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Orem is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Orem more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Orem’s character and quality of life.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Orem use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Orem‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The education level of Orem citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.62% of adults in Orem have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Orem in 2010 was $21,659, which is middle income relative to Utah, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,636 for a family of four. However, Orem contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Orem is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Orem home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Orem residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Orem also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.11% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Orem include German, Danish, European, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Orem is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.