Provo, UT
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Provo is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Utah. With a population of 115,264 people and 28 constituent neighborhoods, Provo is the third largest community in Utah.

Provo is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.05% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Provo is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Provo who work in office and administrative support (15.64%), teaching (13.46%), and sales jobs (11.28%).

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

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

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Provo really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Provo 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 Provo more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Provo’s character and quality of life.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.71 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Provo citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 39.92% of adults in Provo have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Provo in 2010 was $17,539, which is low income relative to Utah and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $70,156 for a family of four. However, Provo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Provo also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.14% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Provo is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Provo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Provo residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Provo also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.84% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Provo include European, German, Danish, and Irish.

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