Cities with the Lowest Unemployment Rate

Among 107 metropolitan areas surveyed by CNBC for its Metro 20 ranking of America’s Best Places to Start a Small Business, Provo, Utah, and Omaha, Nebraska, were tied for having the lowest annualized average unemployment rates in the United States in 2015. According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of June 2016 the unemployment rate in Provo stands at 3.9 percent and in Omaha at 3.5 percent.

Reasonable tax rates, burgeoning tech sectors — Provo is part of Utah’s “Silicon Slopes,” and lower costs of living coupled with lower business costs have attracted small businesses to Provo. Provo’s economy is helped in part by rapidly growing tech start-ups such as Vivint Smart Home and InsideSales.com, which has grown to more than 600 employees since its founding in 2004 and was recently named to the 2016 CNBC Disruptor 50 list.

More venture capital funding has been coming into the region in recent years. According to the National Venture Capital Association, 21 companies in the Provo metropolitan region were the beneficiaries of 28 total funding deals totaling more than $444 million in 2015.

“The cost of living is reasonable. There isn’t a demand for raising taxes that are passed onto businesses and consumers,” said Rona Rahlf, president and CEO of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, based in Provo. “When I do ribbon-cuttings, you ask businesses about their experiences with the city: little to no delays with permits and very accommodating.”

Check out the full ranking here: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/15/the-cities-with-the-lowest-unemployment-rate-in-america.html

Provo #3 Best City for Entrepreneurs

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Provo has been ranked #3 Best City for Entrepreneurs and #10 Best College Town in America! Known for Brigham Young University, which is the largest employer in town (with 4,000 employees), and also cranks out a highly-educated workforce is capitalizing on this, as well as the family-friendliness of the town, Provo has become a booming place for business. Chief among the growing industries is tech—so much so that the entire region has been called “Silicon Slopes.” This is also why Livability has named Provo, in partnership with Entrepreneur, one of the 50 Best Cities For Your Startup.

Provo has the feel of a college town, combined with an incredible arts scene and a lovely dose of small town charm. In short, it’s pretty unique, and one of many reasons why it’s been twice named one of the 100 Best Places to Live.

Learn more about the ranking here: http://www.livability.com/top-10/college/10-best-college-towns/2016/ut/provo

New Rankings for Provo!


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.

Congratulations Provo residents, students, and employees! You chose a good place to be.

Provo is one of the best cities to live in America!


Way to go Provo! We’ve just been ranked as the #19 Best City to live in America! So what makes us a top city? According to Niche they explored the overall livability of each area at the city level and took into account several key factors of a location, including the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities in an attempt to measure the overall quality of an area. Provo received straight A’s in: education, public schools, health & fitness, nightlife (thanks to our downtown), shortest commute, family amenities, and outdoor activities.

Check out the full report and more details on Provo’s ranking here: local.niche.com/rankings/cities/best-cities

Provo #1 Most Affordable City for Renters


Provo is ranked #1 most affordable city for renters in the Nation! With rent rising steadily across the country, in many cases renting is no longer an affordable alternative to home buying. As rents climb, many families decide that they’re neither prepared nor interested in making the leap to homeownership. Fortunately, it is still possible to find affordable apartments in a number of U.S. cities.

According to SmartAsset, the average fair market price of a two-bedroom apartment in Provo has decreased by 10.8% since 2015, making it the most affordable city for renters. Median annual housing costs in Provo are $9,504. Since the median household income is $42,113, it’s possible for residents in the city to spend just 22.6% of their income on housing.

With a very low unemployment rate, for the most part anyone moving to Provo can expect to find plenty of career opportunities, particularly in the tech and healthcare sectors. The city also ranked as one of the best cities for working parents.

Check out more of the ranking here: https://smartasset.com/mortgage/most-affordable-cities-for-renters

Provo #3 Best City for Tech

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According to DataFox, Provo has been ranked #3 Best City for Tech! Helped by strong public-private partnerships, centralized hubs that foster connections and innovation, and capital provided by established businesses, Provo City is an excellent choice for tech workers. DataFox crunched the numbers on nearly 20,000 private companies to find that Provo offers fast-growing businesses, strong fundamentals and affordability – without the cutthroat competition of the big-name startup hubs.

With low taxes, a ready source of intellectual capital from BYU and a focus on strong business fundamentals (not to mention Google Fiber), Provo offers a unique blend of innovation and work-life balance. According to DataFox, Provo’s businesses rank in the 96th percentile in terms of financial stability, and its cost of living is below the national average. And with Utah consistently ranked as one of the happiest states in the country, Provo is a haven for job seekers and their families.

Check out more of the ranking here: http://blog.datafox.com/2016s-best-cities-for-tech-outside-california-and-new-york/

Provo #6 Best Affordable Places to Live!

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Livability has uncovered the most affordable places that you’d actually want to live in. They looked at cities across the country and have ranked Provo City #6 Best Affordable Places to Live in the nation! This recognition adds a fun and spirited element to our city as well as opportunity and value, and enhances our community’s livability.

Whether you’re rocking out during a concert at the Covey Center or cruising down a backcountry trail, you’ll find that things to do in Provo, Utah, cost less than they do in most major cities. Provo’s median household income of $40,359 provides plenty of spare change to enjoy many of the amenities this city has to offer. Most residents spend less than 24 percent of their incomes on housing, and they spend less on groceries and utilities than the average American. Those factors help make Provo one of the best affordable cities to live in.

Read more of the ranking here: http://www.livability.com/top-10/families/best-affordable-places-to-live/2016/ut/provo

Provo’s Job Market is on Fire!


According to CNN Money, Provo is quickly becoming one of America’s hottest job markets! Jobs in the Provo area grew at the fastest pace of any town in the United States last year. Our unemployment rate is an enviable 2.7%, nearly half the national average of 5%, according to the U.S. Labor Department. Provo’s 5.2% annual jobs growth through November far outpaces the 1.9% gains nationally.

Provo has become a big tech hub for the area. One factor luring businesses of all stripes: wicked fast internet. Google awarded Provo with its Google Fiber program in 2014. That means residents and businesses have lightning fast internet — something tech start ups especially love.

Provo’s construction industry saw a double-digit percent increase in job growth last year too, according to the Labor Department. Hospitals and the nearby colleges, such as Utah Valley State University, are among the area’s largest employers.

Read the entire article here: http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/13/news/economy/boomtown-america-provo-utah/index.html?iid=hp-toplead-dom

Provo #8 for Greatest Share of Households with Broadband Internet


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Provo has been ranked #8 for the greatest share of households with broadband internet subscriptions in the Nation! According to a new report from the Brookings Institution the Provo-Orem metropolitan area has a total of 154,567 households. 132,000 of those households have broadband internet subscriptions. There is no question that the Internet is a huge boon to the economy and society, but maximizing its potential is only possible if all individuals are online.

New survey questions from the U.S. Census Bureau enable analysis at the metropolitan scale, creating new ways to measure and understand where America falls short in getting people online. This subnational approach is especially important because local and state governments play a lead role in guiding Internet policy, including infrastructure deployment, public outreach, skills development, and affordability programs.

Check out more of the ranking here: http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports2/2015/12/07-broadband-adoption-rates-metropolitan-areas-tomer-kane


Provo #1 for Volunteering


Corporation for National and Community Service in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau has ranked Provo the #1 City in the Nation (and in Utah) for volunteering! Because of Provoan’s generosity and commitment to improve their communities, research reports 51.7 percent of adults volunteering.

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Read more about the ranking here »

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Provo #3 Best City for Tech

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