Provo, Utah is located about 43 miles south of Salt Lake City along the Wasatch Mountains. Those moving to Provo will discover many outdoor activities available all around - including gorgeous local scenery. In 2010, Forbes Magazine chose Provo one of its 'Top 10 Best Places to Raise a Family.' Provo is also a a very intelligent city (90 percent of residents are high school graduates) and anyone thinking of moving there will find a vibrant city that celebrates diversity.
The median family income in Provo is lower than the state average. The cost of living in Provo is significantly lower than the national average. Unemployment is Provo is about 5.7 percent. Provo is second only to Silicon Valley for its concentration of software technology companies in the country. Some of the largest software companies are based in Provo, including Symantec, Corel and Novell. Nestles Frozen Foods, NuSkin and Nature's Sunshine are also located there. Provo's economic base only continues to grow. With all of these exciting employment opportunities, it's no wonder why Provo van lines are so busy.
Located in what is now known as the Utah Valley, the area where Provo is now was home to Ute Indians. The first Europeans to see the area were two Franciscan Friars who traveled there to meet the Ute. They were very impressed with the valley but could not stay. Fur traders were familiar with the area, and Provo is named for Etienne Provost, a famous and well-respected French Canadian fur trader in the area. Mormon settlers were the first ones to establish an actual settlement in the area, finding the valley a perfect place to plant crops. There were difficulties between the settlers and the Utes for years, but eventually the town took hold. As more people settled there, orchards began to spring up all around the town. Provo was incorporated in 1849. In 1860, the Provo Woolen Mills began an era of industrialization. Brigham Young Academy was built in Provo in 1875 and this eventually became Brigham Young University.
The Timpanogos Cave National Monument is actually three limestone caves that can be hiked through. Bridan Veil Falls are an impressive double cataract waterfall you can hike. You can tour the Reed O. Smoot House is a national historic landmark. The Provo Tabernacle was built in 1882 and is a beautiful brick building. The Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum houses exhibits about life in the area before 1900. The Sundance Resort, home to the Sundance Film Festival, is a pristine area purchased by Robert Redford. The Crandall Historical Printing Museum exhibits the history of moveable type. There are many more art galleries and museums to see in Provo. Provo is home to the largest Fourth of July celebration in the country. All this, and world-class skiing and flyfishing.