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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!

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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

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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 »

Provo #4 Best College City in America

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Provo has been ranked #4 Best College City in America! WalletHub ranked 326 U.S. cities and towns that promise the best combination of academic, social and economic opportunities for students and analyzed 23 key metrics such as the quality of higher education, crime rates and cost of living.

Each metric was given a value between 0 and 100, wherein 100 is the best value for that metric and 0 is the worst. They then calculated the overall score for each city and ranked them using the weighted average across all metrics.

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Check out the whole ranking here: wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-college-cities-and-towns-in-america/8974/#ask-the-experts

Provo #1 for fastest job growth in the Nation

Provo has been ranked #1 for fastest job growth in the Nation (in the first quarter of the year) according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. Brookings found Provo’s rate of job growth accelerated rapidly to 2.2% —the fastest quarterly expansion in the nation! Provo also bested its peers nationwide with a full 1.0% quarterly increase in output, even as national economic growth turned negative. The unemployment rate fell by 0.2% points to 3.0%, the lowest in the region.

Provo’s entrepreneurial spirit and close proximity of Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University are to credit for the skyrocketing job and economic growth. Also, Provo has a section of businesses that brought in more capital per geographic area than any other place in the United States. Larger companies like Vivint, Qualtrics and Ancestry.com have made national names.

Check out more of the ranking here: brookings.edu/~/media/multimedia/interactives/2015/metromonitor_june/mountain-monitor-2015q1.pdf

Watch the video above for exciting Provo projects that will be announced in the coming months!

Provo #1 Best Medium-Sized City for Jobs 2015

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Forbes recently ranked Provo the #1 medium-sized city in the United States for Jobs in 2015! According to Forbes, Provo’s underlaying success for strong job growth is our social cohesion – translating into a high percentage of families with children, as well as emphasis on education and enterprise.

Forbes also reports that the most striking element about Provo is the diversity of our economic growth. Since 2009, employment in Provo is up 23.5%, with gains in virtually every sector, paced by increases in construction and natural resources (60%), information (30.1%), business services (46.5%) and even manufacturing (16.4%).

Check out the ranking here: forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2015/06/12/best-small-and-medium-size-cities-for-jobs-2015

Provo #1 for Communities & #7 for Well-being

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Provo has been ranked #7 in the Nation for Well-Being according to Gallup and Healthway’s Well-Being Index Score! Gallup and Healthways surveyed 100 of the most populous communities in the U.S. These rankings are based off of the five essential elements of well-being, which are:

  • Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
  • Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life
  • Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
  • Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
  • Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily

*Provo was ranked #1 in community well-being!

176,702 adults, aged 18 and older, living in metropolitan areas in the U.S. were asked about such matters as their emotional and physical health, job satisfaction, community safety and access to food, shelter and health care.

See who else made the list and read more about the rankings here »

Provo #8 Best City for Basketball Fans

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Provo has been ranked #8 Best City in the nation for Basketball fans! With March Madness in full swing, WalletHub crunched the numbers to find the best cities in America to be an avid professional and college basketball fan. They looked at 300 of the most populated U.S. cities across 11 key metrics, ranging from the performance level of each city’s NBA and NCAA Division 1 basketball teams to ticket prices to stadium accessibility.

  1. Number of NBA & NCAA Division 1 Basketball Teams
  2. Performance Level of Teams (Number of Wins Divided by Total Games Played)
  3. Average Ticket Price for an NBA Game & Minimum Season Ticket Price for an NCAA Division 1 Basketball Game
  4. Stadium Accessibility (Stadium Capacity Divided by City Population)
  5. Number of Championships Won
  6. Number of Division Championships Won
  7. Number of Sports Bars per Capita
  8. Fan Friendliness and Engagement (Number of Twitter Followers Plus Number of Facebook “Likes” per Capita)
  9. Franchise Value (Team Estimated Value in $Billion)
  10. Attendance (Average Home-Fan Attendance Divided by Arena Capacity)
  11. Viewership Rate (Number of Viewers on National TV per Capita)

Check out the whole ranking here: wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-basketball-fans/11034/

 

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