The Young and the Not-So-Young All Love Provo


Our string of number #1 rankings keeps growing. Last week Provo was named by Mulitfamily Executive as the youngest city in America, with a median age of 23.3. Since rankings are often based on metro-areas, they probably factored in  Eagle Mountain, which has an average age of 20.3 years.
And today we were named by the Milken Institute as the number one place to age. Why? For several reasons, including our healthy, active lifestyles; access to quality care and other services; vibrant economy; and safety, security, and sense of community.
According to the study, many seniors live with their children. I bet it’s to spend more time with their grandchildren. I’m not ready to admit that I’m a senior yet, but I can relate.P.S. You can read the Daily Herald story about this new ranking here. Kudos to our Parks & Recreation staff that runs the Eldred Senior Center. The photo in the story was taken at the Eldred Senior Center the day the ranking came out.

No Surprise Here

One thing is becoming very predictable. Whenever a ranking is compiled dealing with quality of life or great places to live and raise a family, the Provo metro area seems to always be near the top of the list.
Forbes just released their list of “Best Places for Raising a Family.” Provo is ranked 3rd in the entire United States. They looked at seven areas: median income, overall cost of living, housing affordability (what percent of the market is affordable to a family at the median income), commuting delays, percentage of families owning homes, crime rate and education quality (mainly test scores).
Forbes points out that  no major metro has a lower crime rate.
PS. Although I love to take all the credit for Provo, in reality the findings are based on our metro area which includes our neighboring cities.

Number One Again

Congratulations, Provo! You consistently rank high in comparison to other cities across the country, and you’ve done it again. The Provo-Orem metro area was recently recognized for the following attributes:

Here’s a longer list of Provo’s rankings over the last few years. Even when the city goes up and down between years, it’s significant that it remains in the top 10.

  • #1 volunteering (Corporation for National and Community Service; June 2010, August 2011)
  • #1 most optimistic (Gallup-Healthways; March 2011 and 2012)
  • #1 quality of life (Bizjournals.com; March 2009)
  • #2 for business and careers (Forbes.com; April 2010)
  • #2 for starting over (Bloomberg Businessweek; June 2009)
  • #3 for business and careers (Forbes.com; June 2011)
  • #3 for most liveable city (Forbes.com; April 2010)
  • #3 for educated job seekers (Brookings Institute; September 2011)
  • #4 for wellbeing (Gallup-Healthways; February 2010 and 2011, March 2012)
  • #5 for best places to raise a family (Forbes.com; June 2010)
  • #6 fastest growing (Census Bureau; March 2010)
  • #7 fastest growing (Census Bureau; March 2012)
  • #8 for starting over (The Daily Best; November 2011)
  • #9 best performing city (The Milken Institute; December 2011)
  • #10 for best jobs (Forbes.com; May 2011)
  • # 23 for collective brainpower (Portfolio.com; December 2010)

Provo Is a Better Place to Live Than Honolulu

We all know it, but it’s nice to see the rest of the world acknowledge it. The Gallup-Healthways annual poll for the highest well-being has once again ranked the Provo-Orem area as one of the top cities for well-being. Yes, even higher than Honolulu.
 The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is the first and largest survey of its kind, with 1,000 calls a day, seven days a week. It is designed to be the Dow Jones index of health.
Two years ago I was invited by Gallup to travel to DC to tell their organization what it is about Provo that makes us so great. How do you put into words what makes this such a great place to live? I did my best, but unless you live here, I don’t think anyone can fully understand why we love this area so much.

Utah Business Magazine’s Provo List

Provo is home to:
  • The 5th largest office park in Utah (Riverwoods Business Park)
  • Two of the 25 largest banks in Utah (Central Bank and Capital Community Bank)
  • The 9th and 17th largest SBA lenders in Utah (AmBank and Central Bank)
  • The 4th largest credit union in Utah (UCCU)
  • Three of the top ten insurance companies in Utah
  • The 15th largest hotel and three of the largest 25 meeting spaces in Utah
  • The 2nd largest professional employer organization in Utah (Employer Solutions Group)
  • The 3rd largest hospital in Utah (UVRMC)
  •  The 4th largest assisted living facility in Utah (Courtyard at Jamestown)
  • The 2nd largest e-commerce company in Utah (Ancestry.com)
  • The 4th largest institution of higher education in Utah (BYU)
  • The 5th largest public relations firm in Utah (Connect Public Relations)
  • The 4th largest chamber of commerce in Utah (Utah Valley Chamber)
  • The 2nd largest web design agency in Utah (Eli Kirk)
  • Five of the top 50 largest publicly traded companies in Utah (Nu Skin, Nature’s Sunshine, Ancestry.com, Alpine Air and Raser Technologies)
  • The 6th largest privately held company in Utah and four of the top 100 (Vivint)

Utah County No. 3 in Job Growth in Nation

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced last week that out of 322 of the largest counties in the country, Utah County had the third highest increase in employment last year. According to a press release last Tuesday, jobs in Utah County increased by 4.0 percent, behind Montgomery County, Texas, at 4.1 percent, and Ottawa County, Michigan, at 4.7 percent. Employment increased by 9 percent in the United States overall. You can read more about it in this recent Salt Lake Tribune article. Another reason to be optimistic!

Provo in Top 10 for Keeping Resolutions

Provo was just named one of Livability.com’s Top 10 Cities for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions.
What are your resolutions for next year? If you haven’t already, add these to your list:
  1. Fly out of Provo. Buy tickets at Frontierairlines.com.
  2. Attend an event at the Covey Center for the Performing Arts.
  3. Register your bike (the $1 fee is waived until August) in case it goes missing, bike to work, or take this Provo City Bicycle Facilities Master Plan survey.
  4. Cut back on vehicle idling.
  5. Recycle.
  6. Follow Provo City on Facebook or Twitter.
  7. Sign up for Provo City emails.
  8. Vote, and and if you need to, register to vote because every vote counts!
  9. Volunteer in the community. For ideas, visit United Way of Utah County’s website.
  10. Read to a child in your PJ’s.

Provo a Top Ten Best-Performing City

We’re not the only ones who are optimistic about our city. The Milken Institute also thinks we’re in good shape. It just released its 2011 Best-Performing Cities Index, which evaluates U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. It considers job, wage and salary, and technology growth. The Provo-Orem metropolitan area ranked ninth in the country.

Feeling Groovy

Sutherland Institute blogged today about Gallup’s finding of Utah being the first in the nation in a measure that they call city optimism. That is the number of residents who think their city is becoming a better place to live. As often is the case with good things, the Provo-Orem area is the national leader in city optimism. 76.9% of residents think that their city is becoming better. The next closest areas are Austin, Texas, and Huntsville, Alabama, but the gap is pretty wide. Salt Lake City area optimism rating is 64.5.Provo-Orem is the second in overall wellbeing in populations between 300,000 and 1 million residents – second only to Boulder. City optimism is better here, but we have higher incidents of obesity and diabetes and lower exercise frequency than Boulder.

Past Rankings

No Surprise Here

One thing is becoming very predictable. Whenever a ranking is compiled dealing with quality of life or great places to...

Number One Again

Congratulations, Provo! You consistently rank high in comparison to other cities across the country, and you've done it again. The...

Feeling Groovy

Sutherland Institute blogged today about Gallup's finding of Utah being the first in the nation in a measure that they call...

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