Provo, Utah

Best Places to Retire in Utah


Provo (population 120,000) is located 45 miles south of Salt Lake City in the heart of the Utah Valley. It is situated between the eastern shore of Lake Utah and the rugged Wasatch Mountains. The mountains to the east provide a stunning backdrop for the city and Mount Timpanogos, which rises to nearly 12,000 feet, dominates the skyline to the north. The population of Utah Valley is about 400,000, and it is among the fastest growing counties in the state. The area features great natural beauty and an interesting history and culture. Nearly all of the 26 communities in the Valley have roots that go back 150 years or more. There are several rapidly expanding cosmopolitan communities with high technology businesses, and a number of small, farming towns. First residents included Indians, Spanish, cattle ranchers and the Mormon colonizers.

The city of Provo is near the north-south mid-point of the valley. It was settled in 1849 by Mormon pioneers and soon became the county seat. It is the home of Brigham Young University, with its more than 560-acre campus and over 23,000 students in residence. Provo is consistently ranked in the “top 10 among college towns in medium-sized cities,” as well as “the top 10 best cities,” and the “top 10 best places to do business.” The largest segment of the population is college-age, and the citizenry is generally well educated. The university contributes greatly to the arts, cultural, and entertainment activities available, and the student and faculty population help attract and support a great number of amenities.

Orem, located just five miles north, is the second largest city in Utah County, with a population of about 90,000. The median age of its population is 24. Orem is home to the main campus of Utah Valley State College, which enrolls more than 23,500 students. Orem also is home to a number of high technology companies.

Many of the smaller communities in the valley contribute to the charm and heritage of the region with their historic sites, rodeos, parades, festivals, community fairs, gourmet dining spots, arts and cultural events. There are outstanding opportunities in the area for both sports and recreation activities. These include great trout fishing, rock climbing, golf, tennis, hiking, boating, canoeing, horseback riding, alpine and cross country skiing, and more.

The Church of the Latter Day Saints, known also as the Mormon Church, is the predominant faith in the area. There are also a number of Roman Catholic congregations, as well as Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Church of Christ, Baptist, Assembly of God, and others.

This is a very vibrant and attractive area with safe neighborhoods, an abundance of resources and outstanding natural beauty. The Utah Valley offers a wonderful quality of life ensuring that it continues to attract people and to prosper.

Arts & Culture

The Brigham Young University Museum of Art is among the largest in the mountain west. It has a permanent collection of more than 17,000 objects.

The Brigham Young University Fine Arts Department offers a variety of public musical performances, including bands, choirs, dance, opera, and orchestra.

Provo Theatre Company is a semi-professional regional theater that produces five or six shows each season. Performances include comedy, drama, and musical theater.

Center Street Musical Theatre is a dinner theater.

Hale Center Theater (located in Orem) is a main stage theater featuring many timeless classic productions.

Utah Symphony (Salt Lake City) offers a subscription series and educational and outreach concerts, and travels throughout the Intermountain West on a regular basis. It also accompanies the Utah Opera in four productions each year at Salt Lake’s Capitol Theatre.

Utah Opera (Salt Lake City) offers a series of four productions, accompanied by the Utah Symphony. All productions are at the Capitol Theatre in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

Springville Museum of Art has a nationally acclaimed collection housed in an historic Spanish Colonial building. It’s permanent collection includes more than 1,500 works of Utah and American art. The museum also offers a full program of lectures and guided tours. Admission is free.

Utah Cultural Arts Committee promotes the arts throughout the county.

Provo City Library at Academy Square —

North American Museum of Ancient Life, Lehi, UT, contains 60 skeletal displays of dinosaurs.

Utah Valley State College’s Woodbury Art Museum, Orem, UT. —


Utah County maintains 11 parks and 21 miles of parkways. The Utah Valley offers many opportunities to enjoy the beauty of nature and outdoor activities. There is hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, camping, fly-fishing for trout on the Provo River, horseback riding, birding, swimming, boating on 23-mile long Lake Utah, and hunting. There are 10 golf courses within minutes, public tennis courts, ice rinks, and 32 public parks with a wide variety of facilities. Utah County maintains 11 parks and 21 miles of parkways, which offer picnicking, hiking fishing, volleyball, wildlife viewing and more. In the winter months there is world-class alpine skiing, snowboarding, and cross country skiing.

Utah Lake State Park, just five miles outside of Provo, offers excellent access to this 96,600-acre fresh water lake. There is year-round fishing for channel catfish, walleye, white bass, black bass and panfish, and there is power boating, sailing, canoeing and kayaking.

Deer Creek State Park is in the southwest part of the Heber Valley. It offers year-round fishing, and is very popular for boating, wind surfing, swimming and sailing. It is a 3,260-acre site that features a campground and convenience facilities, including a restaurant, and boat rentals.

Popular Birding Places in Utah County —

The Utah Jazz NBA franchise plays its home games at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City.

Brigham Young University is a NCAA Division I school with outstanding men’s and women’s athletic teams.

Ski Resorts near Provo include: Sundance (3 miles), Snowbird (24 miles), Solitude Mountain (28 miles), Brighton Resort (29 miles), Park City (30 miles), Deer Valley (30 miles), The Canyons (35 miles), Snowbasin (73 miles), and Powder Mountain (76 miles).

Sundance Resort, just minutes from Provo, was founded by Robert Redford in the late 1960s. In addition to being a ski resort, it hosts the annual Sundance Film Festival and other musical and cultural programs.


Brigham Young University (BYU), established in 1875, has a beautiful campus in Provo. The university has a full-time student enrollment of more than 30,000 students with 23,000 students in Provo.

BYU operates one of the largest continuing education programs in America, with enrollments from all 50 states and a number of countries. The division also offers evening school, conferences and workshops.

Utah Valley State College, Orem (about 5 miles from Provo) is a comprehensive four-year community college, which offers a wide range of work-related certificate programs, and programs leading to baccalaureate degrees. It’s total enrollment is more than 23,500, the vast majority of which attend its main campus in Orem.

Senior Programs

The Foster Grandparents Program offers assistance to young people with special needs.

Senior Companion Program offers companions, who are healthy older adults, to seniors who need assistance with daily tasks.

Timpanogos Regional Hospital Senior Friends program in Orem has more than 1,000 members who pay a nominal fee for the benefits of this program.


Utah Valley Regional Medical Center is an acute care hospital offering a full range of medical services. It is licensed for 309 beds.

Utah State Hospital is a psychiatric hospital with 335 beds.

Timpanogos Regional Hospital is an acute care facility with 46 beds.

Orem Community Hospital is an acute care facility with 20 beds.


Provo Municipal Airport has two active runways.

Salt Lake City International Airport —


Provo is situated at 4,540 feet above sea level. The average high temperature for January is 39 degrees and the average low is 22 degrees. The averages for July are a high of 93, and low of 60 degrees. December is the wettest month with an average of 4.65 inches of precipitation, followed by January with approximately 2.13 inches. Snowfall reaches about 60 inches per year. weatherunderground.provo.ut 


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Orem – 5 miles
Spanish Fork – 9 miles
Mapleton – 11 miles
American Fork – 15 miles
Payson – 15 miles
Elk Ridge – 17.5 miles
Salt Lake City – 45 miles

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