With the snow-capped Wasatch Mountains as a backdrop, Orem, Utah is a beautiful community just west of Provo. In fact, Forbes magazine ranked the Provo-Orem metro area as the best place to raise a family in 2016. Located 40 miles south of Salt Lake City with access to Interstate 15 and the UTA Transit System, Orem's desirable location makes it a great choice to set down roots.
As of 2014, the population of Orem, Utah was 91,781 according to City-Data.com, indicating a growth of 8.8 percent since the 2000 census. People move to Orem because of the extensive park system here. There are over 20 parks, many allowing for team sports including football, soccer and baseball. Some locations have tennis courts and playgrounds. Those who prefer wheeled exercise will love the Orem Skate Park!
Most Orem residents are serviced by the Alpine School District. However, in Utah, parents or guardians may register a child in any school within a district or in a school in another district, restricted only by enrollment numbers. There are also bus transportation boundaries. According to GreatSchools.org, Foothill Elementary, Cherry Hill Elementary and Utah County Academy of Science each received a rating of 10 out of 10 while Lakeside Junior High School received a rating of 9.
The Hale Center Theater is the site for great theatrical productions, including musicals, all year. Educational youth programs are also part of their mission. Mt. Timpanogos Park features several picnic sites, as well as pavilions with barbecue facilities for rent, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. The park comes to life during the annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. Baseball fans are thrilled that the city is home to a minor league baseball team, the Orem Owlz. In addition to the games, the Owlz host many community events as well for great family fun.
Orem's real estate market is quite healthy. Zillow.com reports that the median home value is $235,100 representing a 10.6 percent rise over last year's index. A further increase of 3.1 percent is predicted for this coming year. The median price of listed homes is $305,000. Those looking for a home rental will see a rent index of $1400, slightly below the Provo Metro average.