Orem, UT
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Orem is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Utah. With a population of 94,457 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 (15.88%), sales jobs (12.27%), and management occupations (9.19%).

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.

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.

The citizens of Orem are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 36.01% of adults in Orem have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Orem in 2010 was $21,002, 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 $84,008 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 16.02% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Orem include German, Danish, Scottish, and European.

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