July 6, 2017

Orem, Utah


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Orem, Utah: Blogs

Here’s a list of Orem blogs- blogs written by people who live in Orem, or are about Orem.

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Orem Public Library justbrowsingopl.wordpress.com 2017
City Of Orem Government facebook.com/oremcity 2017
The Daily Herald heraldextra.com..orem 2017
Fox 13 Now fox13now.com/tag/orem 2017
Orem Police Department facebook.com/OremDPS 2017
Classic Fun Center classicfuncenterorem.com 2017
Parent Education Resource Center oremperc.blogspot.com 2017
Orem High Tennis ohstigertennis.blogspot.com 2017
BSA Orem District orembsadistrict.blogspot.com 2017
Extreme Rhythm extremerhythm.org 2016
Summerfield Retirement summerfieldinfo.com/blog 2016
Orem City Mayor’s Blog mayor.orem.org 2015

Orem, Utah: Groups

Orem Groups On Facebook

  1. Orem Indoor Yard Sale Group (36,995 members)
  2. Orem Indoor Yard Sale Facebook Group (16,368 members)
  3. Provo And Orem Housing Group (8,880 members)
  4. Orem 24/7 Classifieds Facebook Group (7,068 members)
  5. You Know You’re From Orem, Utah If…Group (6,437 members)
  6. North Orem Indoor Yard Sale Group (5,654 members)
  7. Orem Indoor Yard Sale Group (1,716 members)
  8. Orem Yardsale Group (1,120 members)
  9. Orem Yard Sale Group (757 members)
  10. Orem City Ultimate Frisbee League Group (547 members)
  11. Orem High School Class Of 1996 Group (519 members)
  12. Orem/Provo Businesses Group (469 members)
  13. Orem High Class Of 2007 Group (369 members)
  14. Orem Windsor Neighborhood Seek & Share Group (327 members)
  15. Orem 12th Samoan Ward Group (297 members)
  16. Citizens For A Fiscally Sound Orem City Group (284 members)
  17. New Orem Developments Group (279 members)
  18. MVHS Class of 2007 (Orem, UT) Group (263 members)
  19. Orem High Class Of 2013 Group (237 members)
  20. Orem High School Class of 2005 Group (232 members)
  21. Orem High Class Of ’87 Group (194 members)
  22. Orem City Lakeview Neighborhood NE Area Group (192 members)
  23. My Orem Group (185 members)
  24. Orem Bonneville Park Neighborhood Group (177 members)
  25. Orem High School Class Of 1983 Group (165 members)
  26. Orem Forum Group (141 members)
  27. Orem Windsor 5th Group (136 members)
  28. Orem Forward Group (129 members)
  29. Orem Hillcrest Second Neighborhood Group (98 members)
  30. SWONA (South West Orem Neighborhood Association) Group (85 members)
  31. Orem Summer Games Group (52 members)

Other Orem Groups And Forums

  1. Support Groups In Orem, Utah

Orem, Utah: Survey

We’re surveying people about living in Orem, UT. Here will be a collection of their responses.

*The information gathered via surveys may or may not be correct. Hopefully it will be helpful to you!

*Response format = Answer (Your name, How long you’ve lived in Orem)


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Orem, Utah: Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Orem?

  • It’s not Provo. (Danielle, 7 months)
  • The people. (Miranda, 1 year)
  • Proximity to lots of activities/businesses — also, it’s not Provo, lol. (Sam, 1 year)
  • The mountains and accessibility to so many stores. (Ethan, 1.5 years)
  • My friends and family. (Rebekah, 1.5 years)
  • The culture! And how close it is to other big cities around it. (Whitney, 1.5 years)
  • How close school and other places are to where I live. (Andrew, 2 years)
  • People are friendly. (Braxton, 2 years)
  • Location. (Sara, 2 years)
  • It has good community. And fiber internet. (Devin, 5 years)
  • Low crime and beautiful views. (Chaundra, 6 years)
  • The Christmas lights at the City Center…in the trees…University Mall. (Shana, 10 years)
  • Proximity to the outdoors. (Jesse, 12 years)
  • It’s close to everything (store, mall, library, etc). (Maggie, 13 years)
  • Small town feel, but access to everything I need. (Barney, 15 years)
  • All the apartments. (Anonymous, 15 years)
  • The trees, the mountains, and it has been my home for a long time. Also, the community has really grown. There’s a lot to do. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • The mountains. (Tiffany, 26 years)
  • Proximity to nature: canyons, national parks, etc. (Aubrey, 27 years)
  • Clean and well-maintained infrastructure and parks. (Josh, 29 years)
  • Location. (David, 30 years)
  • Slower pace of life. (Paul, 31 years)
  • Options. (Laci, 32 years)
  • It was a small town when we moved there. I love the people. (Anonymous, 35 years)
  • Orem’s location and availability of things that are important to me. (Shirley, 36 years)
  • Easy access to many stores and a variety of restaurants and the mountains. Fantastic library. (Rita, 38 years)
  • The people! I love the “Family City” feeling here. (Hollie, 50 years)
  • I grew up here. (William, 52 years)
  • The orchards. (Arlene, 57 years)
  • Location to recreation, work, entertainment. (Edward, 60 years)
  • The mountains around us. The beauty all around and my great neighbors. (Anonymous)

Orem, Utah: Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Orem?

  • No Google Fiber. (Danielle, 7  months)
  • The construction. (Miranda, 1 year)
  • Driving up University Parkway. (Sam, 1 year)
  • The traffic!! (Ethan, 1.5 years)
  • The intersection between 1200 South and 200 West. (Rebekah, 1.5 years)
  • The traffic, terrible streets, construction. (Whitney, 1.5 years)
  • Afternoon traffic. (Andrew, 2 years)
  • It’s ugly/poorly planned. (Sara, 2 years)
  • Utah Mormon vibe. You really have to find people that aren’t of that culture. (Chaundra, 6 years)
  • Traffic. (Shana, 10 years)
  • State Street is a cluster of ugly signage and rundown buildings. (Jesse, 12 years)
  • Nothing fun to do when bored. (Maggie, 13 years)
  • No Popeye’s Chicken close by. It’s getting to feel crowded. Nothing really substantial. It’s a wonderful place. (Barney, 15 years)
  • Elected city government hierarchy. (Anonymous, 15 years)
  • It has become busier. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • The college students. (Tiffany, 26 years)
  • Mormon supermajority trying to control policy, and push their opinions on everyone. (Aubrey, 27 years)
  • Run down neighborhoods. (Josh, 29 years)
  • The growing traffic. (David, 30 years)
  • The traffic is on the increase. (Paul, 31 years)
  • Traffic. (Laci, 32 years)
  • Traffic is getting really bad. It’s way too crowded, especially the houses are too close together and too many apartments!!! (Anonymous, 35 years)
  • UVU trying to take over neighborhoods. (Shirley, 36 years)
  • The city keeps allowing high-density housing to be built, without much consideration to traffic flow near them, nor the impact to the schools. (Rita, 38 years)
  • How overbuilt it is becoming. We are completely over run with apartments! In some places many of the yards are becoming rundown and not much seems to be done about it. (Hollie, 50 years)
  • It’s familiar. (William, 52 years)
  • Orem’s getting too big. (Arlene, 57 years)
  • Too many people. It grew too fast. (Edward, 60 years)

Orem, Utah: Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Orem? Hidden gems, etc.

  • SCERA theatre, the chocolate, roller rink, aquatic center, owls baseball. (Danielle, 7 months)
  • Classic skating. (Anonymous, 11 months)
  • Tons of geocaching locations. (Ethan, 1.5 years)
  • Bowling, skating, Provo Canyon. (Rebekah, 1.5 years)
  • Library, eateries… (Whitney, 1.5 years)
  • Eating at the Roll Up Cafe. (Andrew, 2 years)
  • SCERA outdoor park, Oteo, all-access handicap park. (Sara, 2 years)
  • Letterboxing, hiking, climbing, Netflix, skiing, BYU arts, UVU arts, SCERA shell and theater! (Devin, 5 years)
  • Going toSCERA Park or the Rec Center. (Shana, 10 years)
  • Dry Canyon (Jesse, 12 years)
  • The Rec. The parks. (Barney, 15 years)
  • University Mall by a mile. Bucking the national retail downturn shopping trends, for sure! One friendship necklace and corndog-on-a-stick at a time. (Anonymous, 15 years)
  • Hale Center Theater, SCERA, Classic Skating, Provo Canyon just up the street from my house. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Neighborhood parks, canyon access, trails. (Josh, 29 years)
  • Quick access to the mountains and Utah Lake. (David, 30 years)
  • The city parks and pool are great places to visit. (Paul, 31 years)
  • Parks. (Laci, 32 years)
  • Plays, theaters, parks, restaurants, church activities. (Shirley, 36 years)
  • Plays at Scera and Hale Theaters, the Scera Pool and Rec Center. (Rita, 38 years)
  • Movies, golf, soccer, running, arts. (Hollie, 50 years)
  • SCERA shell, campus walks at UVU, Powell’s Slough. (Arlene, 57 years)
  • SCERA Shell, theater. (Edward, 60 years)

Orem, Utah: Reputation

What are some things Orem’s known for?

  • Owls. (Danielle, 7 months)
  • UVU. (Ethan, 1.5 years)
  • UVU. (Rebekah, 1.5 years)
  • Library, eateries… (Whitney, 1.5 years)
  • Home of UVU. (Andrew, 2 years)
  • Family city USA. (Braxton, 2 years)
  • Congestion, ugly State Street, UVU. (Sara, 2 years)
  • Safety, families. (Devin, 5 years)
  • Family City. (Chaundra, 6 years)
  • Scera Park…UVU. (Shana, 10 years)
  • UVU, Family Oriented, Relatively safe (Jesse, 12 years)
  • Family town USA. (Barney, 15 years)
  • ‘Family City USA.’ Really?!? Embarrassing that that’s what they came up with. Weirdville. Oh, and Pickelball courts. (Anonymous, 15 years)
  • Community, culture, the arts… (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Low unemployment rate, involved citizens. (Josh, 29 years)
  • Convenience, the Owls, the Summerfest and orchards (in the past). (David, 30 years)
  • A Family City. (Paul, 31 years)
  • Family. (Laci, 32 years)
  • Orchards and fruit of long ago. (Anonymous, 35 years)
  • Good place to live. (Shirley, 36 years)
  • Easy access to UVU and BYU, sits at the mouth of Provo Canyon and is close to Sundance and Park City, Utah Lake. (Rita, 38 years)
  • Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Summerfest, Scera and Scera Shell. (Hollie, 50 years)
  • Family values. (William, 52 years)
  • Orem Fest. (Arlene 57 years)
  • Provo‘s bedroom community. (Edward, 60 years)

Orem, Utah: Crime

What’s the crime like in Orem?

  • Pretty low that I’ve noticed. (Danielle, 7 months)
  • I’ve never experienced crime here. (Ethan, 1.5 years)
  • Not bad. (Rebekah, 1.5 years)
  • Non existent? At least not intense crime (I don’t know about the illegal drugs/speeding and stuff). (Whitney, 1.5 years)
  • Very low. (Andrew, 2 years)
  • None that I really know of. (Braxton, 2 years)
  • Low. (Sara, 2 years)
  • Extremely minor. (Devin, 5 years)
  • Low. (Chaundra, 6 years)
  • I think isn’t an issue. (Shana, 10 years)
  • Low crime, Few violent crimes (Jesse, 12 years)
  • Low-Medium. (maggie, 13 years)
  • I’m not aware of much. Seems like mostly small crimes and misdemeanors. (Barney, 15 years)
  • Biggest crooks are the elected ones. (Anonymous, 15 years)
  • Seems like we have a significant drug problem here, but I feel very safe here. We have fantastic law enforcement and citizen safety. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Low. (Aubrey, 27 years)
  • Very low crime, especially involving major crimes. (Josh, 29 years)
  • Low. But it’s there. (David, 30 years)
  • I don’t feel nearly as threatened by crime as I do when I visit other cities. (Paul, 31 years)
  • Rough. (Laci, 32 years)
  • Mello. (Anonymous, 35 years)
  • Low crime rate. (Shirley, 36 years)
  • Always increasing. Lots of drug arrests, burglaries and bank robberies. Seems to be a great place to score meth and heroin. (Rita, 38 years)
  • Not bad. (Hollie, 50 years)
  • Not bad. (William, 52 years)
  • Increasing. (Arlene, 57 years)
  • Low, but getting worse with increasing population. (Edward, 60 years)
  • Not near as much as other places. We have a very good police force. (Anonymous)

Orem, Utah: Advice

Any advice for people moving to Orem?

  • Get a good night internet. (Danielle, 7 months)
  • Be careful about Utah drivers! Not ALL OF THEM are like this, but many drive like they’re invincible and above the law, which makes them dangerous. You basically need to carefully watch out for them…like you do pedestrians. (Ethan, 1.5 years)
  • Don’t. (Rebekah, 1.5 years)
  • Do it! Check out which part of Orem before any commitments are made! (Whitney, 1.5 years)
  • Bring your car or a bike. (Andrew, 2 years)
  • Move here if you want to know your neighbors, and want a safe town for your children. (Braxton, 2 years)
  • Get a library card. (Sara, 2 years)
  • Good luck getting an apartment! Use KSL Classifieds instead of Craigslist. (Devin, 5 years)
  • It’s a great place to grow up. (Shana, 10 years)
  • Explore the outdoors around the area. (Jesse, 12 years)
  • Brace for crazy. (Anonymous, 15 years)
  • Don’t do drugs. (Haha, sorry I’ve got nothing.) (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Consider Vineyard. (Aubrey, 27 years)
  • Get out, and explore your neighborhood parks and trails. (Josh, 29 years)
  • Do it. It has everything without being too big. (David, 30 years)
  • Here’s ten dollars. Keep driving. (Just kidding, sort of). (Paul, 31 years)
  • Don’t. (Laci, 32 years)
  • Check out your location of where you’re planning on living. Most of its good. Some areas have gone downhill and especially if you’re buying, look at property value now and what it could be later. (Anonymous, 35 years)
  • It is a good place to live. (Shirley, 36 years)
  • Very few high paying jobs. No industry to plan a future with. Tons of part-time jobs if you are a student or have working teens. (Rita, 38 years)
  • Be ready to have great neighbors, and to be a great neighbor in return. (Hollie, 50 years)
  • Find a nice neighborhood. (William, 52 years)
  • The north end is less busy. (Edward, 60 years)
  • You get out of it according to how much you put in. ATTITUDE. (Anonymous)

Orem, Utah: Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Orem (interesting/funny/crazy, etc.):

  • SCERA theatre production of Hairspray. It was amazing. The cast was hilarious and the crew were very polite. (Danielle, 7 months)
  • My first week living here I had a jeep full of drunk college students cat call me, and invite me to a party. (Miranda, 1 year)
  • One time, I saw some people get out of their car to go speak with a homeless person. It was so sweet to see. People are crazy drivers, but they’re also very kind, and want to do the right thing. (Ethan, 1.5 years)
  • It took me over a year to make friends. (Rebekah, 1.5 years)
  • I would say one of my favorite dates were to the Hale Center Theatre in Orem- I love it! (Whitney, 1.5 years)
  • Ummmm, General conference. Boom. (Andrew, 2 years)
  • I’ve learned that the Orem Police Department Facebook page is the best government page in the world. (Devin, 5 years)
  • I could shop at Maceys, and see lots of people I know. (Shana, 10 years)
  • The Orem mayor is his biggest supporter of himself… he and his silly council members love to order in lunch and are such good friends they all vote the same. Peace, harmony and stupidity; all with a smile. (Anonymous, 15 years)
  • Scera everything! (Laci, 32 years)
  • Watching a hot air ballon come down twice within a few houses from us. (Rita, 38 years)
  • Summer celebrations- I always loved them UV mall at Christmas. (William, 52 years)
  • Tubing in the Murdock Canal and other irrigation ditches. (Edward, 60 years)
  • I grew up, and I am still living on the same street. I’ve seen a lot of changes. (Anonymous)

Orem, Utah: The Future

How do you think Orem will change over the next 10 years?

  • The changes at university mall may bring more upscale foot traffic and because things are getting ritzier nearby (vineyard and Provo newness). Orem’s older and more situated residents can get left behind. (Danielle, 7 months)
  • It’s going to double in size. (Anonymous, 11 months)
  • It will become a college town. (Miranda, 1 year)
  • It will just get busier. (Ethan, 1.5 years)
  • It’s gonna get more busy. (Rebekah, 1.5 years)
  • Probably get even more congested. (Whitney, 1.5 years)
  • More apartment complexs will be built for the growing number of students and young married couples. (Andrew, 2 years)
  • It will have more college housing, especially around UVU. (Braxton, 2 years)
  • Grow more congested, too many stores bunched together. (Sara, 2 years)
  • More young families buying houses. (Devin, 5 years)
  • Lots, especially with how UVU is changing and the tech boom in Lehi. (Chaundra, 6 years)
  • It will become a beautiful place. (Shana, 10 years)
  • Higher density housing, growing population, higher public transit usage. (Jesse, 12 years)
  • It will become far more populated. More and more shopping and retail stores. (Barney, 15 years)
  • Leaders will continue to pull us kicking backward. (Anonymous, 15 years)
  • It has grown a TON in the past five years, and the city really seems to be serious about making Orem great. I have noticed more community events and opportunities, and I expect the continued growth from great jobs available will lead to more. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Grow bigger. More apartments :(. (Tiffany, 26 years)
  • Become much more urban. (Aubrey, 27 years)
  • More multi-family housing, more traffic congestion. (Josh, 29 years)
  • More growth, transit options. (David, 30 years)
  • Orem will be over-run by students, traffic, and all that goes with it- if UVU doesn’t slow down its growth. Our neighborhood and local streets are suffering because of UVU. (Paul, 31 years)
  • Our roads will better suit our growth. (Laci, 32 years)
  • Busier and busier. (Anonymous, 35 years)
  • It will probably get more people living here. (Shirley, 36 years)
  • More people moving in, more traffic, more crime, more car accidents. (Rita, 38 years)
  • I’m afraid of it becoming a huge city we don’t even recognize, sooner than 10 years from now! (Hollie, 50 years)
  • Growth. (William, 52 years)
  • It will continue to grow, and lose more of its charm. (Arlene, 57 years)
  • More growth. (Edward, 60 years)
  • Orem will continue to grow. (Anonymous)

Orem, Utah: Other Facts

Any other interesting facts about Orem?

  • Free laser tag at UVU Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year. (Andrew, 2 years)
  • Politics are messy and odd. (Sara, 2 years)
  • I love the changes to the mall. (Shana, 10 years)
  • They vote themselves raises, vote as a ward family block, and ignore the planning commission because they are smarter. (Anonymous, 15 years)
  • Family roots go deep. (Laci, 32 years)
  • Orem’s better than Provo. (William, 52 years)