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Renter's Guide to Provo
Provo’s city motto is “Welcome home,” and this embodies the feeling that you get when you visit. The tree-lined shops of Center Street, the rocky cliffs on the east side and Utah Lake on the west side make Provo a beautiful place to live. The city has a population of about 113,000 and is a fantastic place to call home for those who like cultural events, recreational activities and a downtown area that’s been revamped and revitalized.
It’s the third largest city in the state of Utah, located 40 miles south of Salt Lake City and about an hour away from Park City. To the south, it’s a 3-hour drive to St. George and 5 hours to Las Vegas. Provo weather sees all four seasons. It’s hot and dry in the summer with highs reaching 100°F. Winters are cold with snowfall, with many days below freezing.
Outside magazine ranked Provo #2 for “greatest place to live in America.” Forbes named the city #1 on a list of the best small- and medium-size cities for jobs. Forbes also ranked Provo as one of the top ten places to raise a family. National Geographic Adventure magazine listed Provo as a cultural hub for their “where to live and play,” section. Finally, Provo was ranked first for community optimism in 2012 and first for volunteerism in 2008. Provo is also a sought-after location for young businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as for young families and retirees.
Provo, UT Demographics
- Total Population116,199
Female 58,177Male 58,022
- Median Age23.7
Cost of Living in Provo, UT
Provo is fairly affordable. The cost for a one-way bus pass is $2.50 for adults, students, and children. The Frontrunner, which is an express train that heads north from Provo, is $2.50 for the base fare and each additional stop is ¢60. A round trip fare for the Frontrunner costs $5.00. Meal costs can vary widely. Provo has food trucks galore and a number of local restaurants with items that cost $10.00 or less. A sit-down meal for two in Provo would set you back about $35.00 and a cheaper option would cost around $20.00. A gallon of milk in Provo would be about $1.79. Utility costs are a little bit higher due to A/C and heat. Utilities for a 2-bedroom apartment of 900 square feet would be about $115 per month.
Average Rent in Provo, UT
- Provo, UT Average Rental Price, September 2019 $1,383 /mo
Provo, UT Apartment Rent Ranges
- > $2,0007%
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Living in Provo, UT
The city has a unique downtown area, which has been heavily revitalized in recent years with small businesses like clothing boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries lining the historic streets. The area is concentrated highly with Mormons or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brigham Young University is a private institution founded by Mormon leaders and the majority of the students who go to school there are Mormon.
Many of the households in Provo are young families, who come for a great quality of life and stay because the area is inexpensive, beautiful, and close to a wide variety of recreational activities.
Things to do in Provo
There is no shortage of fun things to do in Provo Utah. If you’re into skiing, Sundance Ski Resort is a 15-minute drive up Provo Canyon. If you want to swim, Utah Lake is a great spot. You could also tube down the Provo River past Bridal Veil Falls, a popular hiking spot. You could go to the water slides at Seven Peaks Water Park or ice skate at the arena used for curling in the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Provo has two malls—Provo Towne Centre, a Provo mall theatre, and the River Woods, another great place to catch movies. Velour is a popular spot for concerts. This city hosts a free summer concert series on main roads of downtown once a month. You can visit the grounds of two Mormon temples: Provo Temple and the City Center Temple. If you want a challenging hike with rewarding views of the entire county, hike to the “Y” on the East mountains.
You won’t be disappointed when looking for great restaurants in Provo. Here are a few of the highest rated: Bombay House (Indian), Tucano’s Brazilian Grill (steakhouse), Communal (American), Station 22 (Southern), Black Sheep Cafe (American-Indian), Brick Oven (pizza and Italian).
Most of Provo’s big sports allure comes from Brigham Young University. Their football team is a huge draw to the Lavell Edwards Stadium, as is the basketball team to the Marriott Center.
The city has an annual 4th of July celebration that includes a headliner concert and fireworks show called the Stadium of Fire at BYU’s football stadium. Provo also has frequent festivals on Center Street and a farmer’s market in the summer.
Employment and Economy
Jobs in Provo are on the rise. Provo is ranked #1 for “fastest-growing on-the-rise startup hubs” by Sparefoot. Forbes also rated Provo as #2 on a list of “best places for business and careers.” Where to Retire magazine named Provo as “an enticing city for new careers.” Provo is home to international companies like Action Target, Novell, Nu Skin Enterprises, Ancestry.com, Qualtrics, and Vivint. The top employer in Provo is Brigham Young University (ranging from professors to student jobs) and the second major employer is the Missionary Training Center for the LDS Church.
Provo, UT Households
- Total Number of Households32,904
Family 22,924Non-family 9,980
Children 11,096No Children 21,808
- Average People Per Household3.2
- Median Household Income$44,312
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$860
Education in Provo
Provo School District and Provo High School are located in Provo. It’s also home to Brigham Young University and its 34,000 students. Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is located in south Provo and Provo College offers associate degrees in varying areas.
Provo, UT Education Statistics
- No High School3%
- Some High School24%
- Some College25%
- Associate Degree12%
- Bachelor Degree26%
- Graduate Degree10%
Tips for Renting in Provo
Renters in Provo will have the same rights as all tenants in the state of Utah. Here are few renting laws that are particular to Utah: landlords must disclose information in the lease regarding fees and non-refundable payments. State law does not determine how much a landlord can ask for a deposit but it only gives the landlord 30 days to return the deposit at the end of the contract. Tenants have three days to pay rent or move before the landlord can file for eviction. Finally, all landlords must provide 24 hours notice of entry to the unit.
If you are moving from out of town, be prepared to find a lot of affordable apartments for rent I Provo near BYU campus. Many Provo apartments close to campus have strict rules, so you’ll want to review the rules before signing a contract. Provo is full of rental units—it’s easy to find a place that’s affordable and attractive.
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