Orem, UT
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Orem is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Utah. With a population of 97,839 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Orem is the fifth largest community in Utah.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Orem is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (16.39%), sales jobs (12.00%), and management occupations (9.59%).

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.

Orem is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Orem has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Orem enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Orem.

Not only is Orem a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Orem a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

The population of Orem is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 37.89% of adults in Orem have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Orem in 2010 was $22,441, which is lower middle income relative to Utah and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $89,764 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 16.86% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Orem include English, German, Danish, European, and Scottish.

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