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Wasatch Mountains east of Provo, UT
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Provo, UT

Class: Medium-sized city
Class rank: 10

Provo is the antithesis to the rollicking, party town. Students at the Mormon church-run Brigham Young University sign an honor code promising to live chaste lives and abstain from alcohol and tobacco. Beer was first served at the local Peaks Ice Arena when it hosted the 2002 Olympic hockey games.

Arts and entertainment offerings are limited, but unemployment is low, home ownership is high and opportunities for skiing, hiking and other outdoor recreation are plentiful.



Combined college enrollment: 32,554

Population: 105,166
Population change, 1990-2000: 21.10%

Median age: 22.9
(National: 35.3)

Per capita income: $13,207
(National: $21,587)

Unemployment rate: 2.6%
(National: 4.0%)

Owner-occupied housing: 41.0%

Public library expenditures, per capita: $16.59

Community profiles:
Provo, UT
Provo demographics

College profiles:
Brigham Young University

Notes:
1. All figures are for the years 1999-2000.
2. Combined enrollment figures are for the four-year colleges included in this survey.
3. Unemployment rates are an annual average.
4. Per-capita income and unemployment rates are county-level statistics.

For more on the sources and statistics used in this study, see methodology.


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