Provo spends 2015 at the top of national rankings


Provo city logoIt was another great year for Provo in national rankings, from top spots in volunteering and job growth, placing in top college town lists and recognition for well being.

“While many of the rankings are fun, we feel like the best, most significant ones are those that strike to the core of who we are and the direction the city is headed,” said Provo Deputy Mayor Corey Norman.


Here’s some of the top rankings, in no particular order:


It’s no surprise that Utahns like volunteering. But Provo is the top place in the country, with 51.7 percent of adults spending time as volunteers, according to rankings by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Census Bureau in December. Ogden is No. 2.

The volunteer ranking “speaks to really the core of what makes Provo unique,” Norman said.

All that volunteer spirit is going to come in handy in 2016, because the local planning committee for the open house for the LDS Provo City Center Temple needs about 25,000 volunteers.

Best college town

In December WalletHub ranked Provo the No. 4 best college city in the U.S., and in March College Ranker ranked the city as the No. 15 Best College Town to Live in Forever.

WalletHub evaluated 326 college cities by quality of higher education, crime rates, cost of living and more.

And those factors seem to keep college students in Provo, long after graduating. College Ranker describes Provo as a beautiful, family-friendly town with many recreation opportunities.

“We are growing up and no longer a place where people come and feel as though they need to leave and look for opportunities elsewhere,” Norman said.

Job growth

Provo made several job growth lists this year.

“We were ranked highest in the country for the place to get a job and we’re very strong in three separate categories for job growth,” Norman said.

In February, CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. named Provo-Orem the No. 1 place in the U.S. to get a job.

In June, Forbes named Provo-Orem the best medium-sized metro for jobs.

In July, Provo ranked No. 1 for fastest job growth in the country, based on the first quarter, according to the Brookings Institute. The city’s job growth rate was 2.2 percent.

In December the Milken Institute ranked Provo-Orem as the No. 3 Best Performing City in 2015, based partly on job growth (wages and technology growth also factored into this one).


Gallup and Healthways ranked Provo-Orem in April as No. 7 in the nation for well being. That same survey found the area No. 1 for community well-being.

“This is big for us because it recognizes the amazing quality of life our residents enjoy,” Norman said.

Gallup and Healthways looked at 100 of the most populous places in the county and used five criteria for the rankings: 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; and physical, having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.

Where to move

In March, Simple Moving Labor ranked Provo as the No. 1 place to move in 2015. This ranking was based on median income, projected home value growth over the next three years, home affordability and the unemployment rate.

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Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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