Provo, UT
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Provo is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Utah. With a population of 117,335 people and 28 constituent neighborhoods, Provo is the third largest community in Utah.

Provo is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.77% 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 (15.90%), teaching (13.57%), and sales jobs (11.02%).

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.

Provo is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Provo is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Not only is Provo a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Provo is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Provo a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One of the benefits of Provo is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.10 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The education level of Provo ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Provo, 41.30% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Provo in 2010 was $18,181, which is low income relative to Utah and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $72,724 for a family of four. However, Provo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Provo is a very 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 16.48% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Provo include English, German, European, Danish, and Irish.

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