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Where is Provo, UT?

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Provo is a city found in Utah, The United States Of America. It is located 40.23 latitude and -111.66 longitude and it is situated at elevation 1394 meters above sea level.

Provo has a population of 112,488 making it the 3rd biggest city in Utah. It operates on the MDT time zone, which means that it follows the same time zone as Salt Lake City.

Quick facts

Country The United States Of America
State Utah
Population 112,488
Elevation 1,394 m over sea level
Time Zone MDT
Longitude -111.658530
Latitude 40.233840

provo description

Provo, Utah is bordered to the west by Utah Lake with the rugged Wasatch Mountains looming in the northeast.

This western city is known for a conservative yet friendly atmosphere that reminds visitors of a simpler time. The city's site was originally inhabited by the Ute Indians for hundreds of years before explorers from Europe arrived. Provo was first a trading post in the early 1800's, founded by fur trapper and local character Etienne Provost, hence, the name 'Provo'.

The Mormons arrived in the mid 1800's, shortly after settling the neighbor to the north, Salt Lake City. These rugged pioneers helped the town grow over the years, eventually becoming a large city in Utah.

The Mormons founded Brigham Young Academy in 1892, later to become the famous BYU, and built the unique, historic Provo Tabernacle in 1912.

Today Provo is a welcoming place for Utah visitors and residents alike. This prosperous city is home to technology and skin care companies, has an eco-conscious attitude, and is surrounded by some of the most stunning natural beauty in the United States.

  • Throwing a snowball within the city limits of Provo, Utah will earn you a $50 fine!
  • In winter, Bridal Veil Falls forms an ice flow known as the 'Stairway to Heaven' providing an extreme vertical challenge for expert ice climbers.
  • Barney Clark became the first recipient of a permanent artifical heart on December 1, 1982 when Dr. William C. DeVries and his team at the University of Utah removed Clark's heart and replaced it with an aluminum and polyurethane device connected to a 400-pound air compressor that would accompany Clark for the rest of his life.
provo attractions

Sitting on the shores of Provo Bay and with the Wasatch Range on the horizon, outdoor adventures around Provo are plentiful and challenging for the Utah explorer. Hiking, camping, fishing, ATV's and western skiing at Sundown Resort are all part of the Provo outdoor experience.

Salt Lake City is only 45 minutes away, giving Provo travelers access to great museums, the Arts and the most famous Mormon institutions. A couple of hours to the west are the famous Bonneville Salt Flats where racers come from around the world to break land records for jet cars, wind surfers, and every other vehicle known to man.

  • Brigham Young University (BYU)
    Founded as the Brigham Young Academy in 1892 by settlers from Salt Lake City, BYU is the largest church-affiliated university in the United States. 98% of its students are members of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah is proud of its All Star NCAA athletes and team achievements. Sports enthusiasts visiting the Provo area enjoy great varsity basketball and football games with a college crowd that really knows how to celebrate!
  • Bridal Veil Falls
    A must see Provo attraction is the cascading wonder of Bridal Veil Falls, located just four miles up the rugged Provo Canyon. Bridal Veil is a double-cataract falls with the foaming waters crashing down from two levels to the Provo River below. The falls can be viewed from above via a scenic Utah overlook or from the bottom of Provo Canyon. An ice cold swimming hole beckons courageous polar bear types and a dirt path leads up the canyon wall for panoramic views and photo ops. In the spring and summer, Bridal Veil Falls experiences its largest flow volumes and the area is blanketed with an artist's palette of wild flowers.
  • Thanksgiving Point
    This non-profit foundation is a unique entity, home to several educational, interactive and even world-changing programs. Thanksgiving Point's most famous undertaking is The Museum of Ancient Life with collections of dinosaur and other fossils from the Precambrian to modern times. With over 120 skeletons, 63 interactive exhibits, and hundreds of other fossil specimens on display, the Museum of Ancient Life is renowned as one of the planet's largest exhibits on ancient life. The Thanksgiving Point Institute is home to many more exhibits, research studies, experiential learning classes and unique summer camps.


Provo has a population of around 115345, of which 57281 (49%) are male and 58064 (50%) are female. The average age of the inhabitants of Provo is 27.20, meaning that the average person is below the national median age of 37. For every male, there are approximately 1.01 females, meaning that the population is relatively evenly distributed between males and female(s).

Of Provo's 115345 residents, around 111477 (96.60%) identify as having a single race. The majority of the population is white, which consists of 88.20% of the population. Of the remaining population, 715 are black/African Americans (0.60%), 511 are native Americans (0.40%), 3029 are asians (2.60%), 1404 are pacific islanders (1.20%), 4060 are other (3.50%).

The median income of households in Provo is $41291.00, meaning that most of the households are above the poverty threshold for families of three. Of the total population, 8.50% of households reported an annual income of less than $10,000.

Provo, UT Zipcodes

The city of Provo has 6 zipcodes recognized by the United States Census Bureau: 84058, 84097, 84601, 84604, 84606, 84663.

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This page was last updated on October 2, 2015.