Provo has been ranked at the top of four new national rankings this past week. We are the:
#1 Best City for Career Opportunities according to SmartAsset.
There are a number of reasons why the jobs market in Provo is hot. In addition to keeping its unemployment rate low (recent numbers have it at 3.5%), the metro area has plenty of opportunities for tech workers and individuals in the retail and manufacturing industries. Plus, Provo has a low cost of living. It ranks as the most affordable place for renters in 2016 and the typical resident in Provo pays just $9,696 a year for housing costs. Employees in Provo enjoy super high-speed internet, thanks to Google Fiber. And those who stick around and climb the ladder until they’re ready to retire can expect to have late-career salaries that are 40.1% higher, on average, than their early-career salaries.
#3 Best-Run City according to WalletHub.
With moving season in full swing and nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population residing in cities today, WalletHub’s analysts compared 150 of the largest cities according to how well they are managed by their leaders. In order to make such a comparison, we examined each city’s performance on six key indicators, including financial stability, education, health, safety, economy as well as infrastructure and pollution. We then combined these categories to construct an “Overall City Services” ranking against which we measured the cities’ total per-capita budgets in order to reveal their budgeting efficiency.
#6 Most on-the-move Metro according to LawnStarter.
To come up with the ranking, LawnStarter looked at two factors: The percentage of owners or renters who had moved into their homes in 2010 or later. For the Provo area, that figure was 45.57%. The percentage of residents who had moved within the past year. For the Provo area, that figure was 20.1%. Check out the full ranking here: https://www.lawnstarter.com/blog/city-rankings/top-metros-for-moving/
#8 Most Educated City according to WalletHub.
WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, to determine where the most educated Americans are putting their degrees to work. In order to make such a comparison, we examined each metro area across nine key metrics, ranging from the percentage of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher to the educational attainment gap between women and men.