Orem is the fifth largest city in Utah with a population of about 90,000 and was once known for its numerous orchards. In 1914 the city was named after Walter C. Orem, president of the Salt Lake and Utah Railroad, which was important to the growers who used the railroad to ship their produce. It was incorporated in 1919.
The city in the past was known as Sharon from the Old Testament and Vermont after the birthplace of LDS Prophet and Founder Joseph Smith’s birthplace and Provo Bench. Orem is the home of Utah Valley University.
With the slogan of “Family City USA” Forbes Magazine once rated it the 5th best place to raise a family. Time magazine rated it along with nearby Provo as the best place to live for spiritual well-being. It has about a 97 percent population of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Orem encompasses 18.4 square miles and borders Utah Lake to the west and Mount Timpanogos to the east. With 19 city parks, Orem has more square miles of parks than any city in Utah. Summer celebrations include the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and Summmerfest.
Median household income approaches $60,000.
The median price for a home in the fall of 2016 was $299,000 and the average $600,132, which is a bit skewed because of a $19.5 million sale.