8 Things You Didn’t Know About Provo, Utah

Utah is one of those states that you just find…interesting. It’s probably due to the high number of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Provo, Utah is home to Brigham Young University, the church-owned college that brings a lot of interesting stereotypes with it. Despite your current knowledge of the squeaky-clean town, I’ll bet you didn’t know some of these facts.

1. Provo has a $16 billion economy

Many are surprised to find out that the Provo metro area currently has one of the best economies in the country. With a $16 billion market, there is no shortage of jobs in Provo.

2. 88% of the population is Mormon

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While majority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints membership is outside of the U.S, Provo, UT has the highest percentage of Mormons compared to any other U.S. city.

3. Provo is home to five billion dollar companies

Not only is Provo home to a handful of billion dollar companies, three of them are on the same street (Vivint, Qualtrics, and The other two, Novell and Nu Skin, are in other parts of Provo. All five companies were started by Mormons.

4. Provo will be the second city to get Google Fiber

While it was the third announced city behind Kansas City, MO and Austin, TX, Provo is ahead of schedule to have Google Fiber running through its veins by the end of 2013, becoming the second city in the county to have the 1 Gbps internet speeds.

5. 88.3% of Provo voted for Mitt Romney

While it isn’t surprising the Mormon Presidential Candidate was a favorite in Utah, having nearly 90% of of an entire city vote for him is a pretty good sign he’ll always have a place to stay in Provo.

6. Provo has a gay pride festival

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Despite being the most conservative/Christian city in the United States, Provo has its own LGBTQ festival. Even more surprising? The local community seems to be supportive of it.

7. Provo actually has a decent music scene

Despite the squeaky-clean boring stereotype, Provo’s music scene in booming. With artists such as The Used, Neon Trees, and Imagine Dragons, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see more local bands join the national spotlight.

8. They use Google more than anyone else

Utah uses Google more than any other state. With Google Fiber coming to Provo, it is only going to go up.

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