Moving to Orem, UT: A Neighbor Moving Guide

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Moving to Orem, UT: A Neighbor Moving Guide

So your thinking about moving to Orem, Utah? Don’t worry, we get it! Orem is a clean city located between Provo and Lindon, it has easy access to the Provo Canyon, and has a great view of Utah Lake. However, You don’t just move to a new city now—your moving to a new neighborhood and this guide will give you everything you need to know before moving into Orem, UT. Have you ever moved to a new neighborhood? It can be scary and unnerving especially when you need affordable self storage in Orem.

Whether you are young or old, adventurous or conservative, rich or poor, don’t leave it to chance to find your next great home. With close to twenty-thousand incorporated cities in the United States with so many diverse opportunities and possibilities it can be hard to settle on just one. This Neighbor Orem Moving guide will highlight the pros and cons of each area so you can focus on finding your tribe and making a solid life for yourself

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I. Population of Orem, Utah:

Orem is a thriving city with a Population of 88,328 with over 26,970 Households. There are 60,991 residents over the the age of 18. The Median Age is 26.2 and the average family size is 3.71. 49.9% of the population is Male, 50.1% is Female, and 65.2% of the population is married. The community is made up of 22 different neighborhoods covering 18.24 square miles at an Altitude of 4,771.7 ASL. The average temperature is 89 Degrees in the Summer and 45 Degrees in the Winter. Orem is home to over 166 restaurants, many shopping areas, and many other fun things to do.

 

Personal Experiences From People Living in Orem

Neighbor has partnered with Lifey (Selfie + Life Story = Lifey) to give you the grass roots information on Orem, Utah. Lifey has compiled hundreds of personal experiences, tips and tricks, favorite things, least favorite things, random facts, and much more all about Orem. Read about it all in Lifey’s Guide to Orem. Give Provo your stamp of approval here.

 

II. Moving to Orem: Neighborhoods in Orem

Moving to a new city has its advantages because you can pick which neighborhood you live in and what type of people you want to associate with. Smaller towns and cities lack what Orem provides. Below are a list of all the neighborhoods located in Orem along with a description of the area, local statistics, and its location in relation to other larger surrounding cities.

  • Aspen Neighborhood – 1,000 Households
  • Canyon View Neighborhood – 1,500 Households
  • Cascade Neighborhood – 1,400 Households
  • Cherryhill Neighborhood – 1,200 Households
  • Geneva Heights Neighborhood – 2,000 Households
  • Heatheridge Neighborhood – 1,000 Households
  • Hillcrest Neighborhood – 1,650 Households
  • Lakeridge Neighborhood – 1,600 Households
  • Lakeview Neighborhood – 1,200 Households
  • Northridge Neighborhood – 1,000 Households
  • Orem East Neighborhood – 1,000 Households
  • Orem North Neighborhood – 1,000 Households
  • Orem Park Neighborhood – 2,000 Households
  • Orem Neighborhood – 1,400 Households
  • Sharon Neighborhood – 1,600 Households
  • Sharon Park Neighborhood – 1,200 Households
  • Stonewood Neighborhood – 1,200 Households
  • Suncrest Neighborhood – 2,000 households
  • Sunset Heights East Neighborhood – 1,000 households
  • Sunset Heights West Neighborhood – 1,200 households
  • Timpview Neighborhood – 1,400 households
  • Windsor Neighborhood – 1,600 households

The main draw here to Orem is Utah Valley University and the University Mall that take up most if not all of the attractions in Orem. There are shops, theaters, restaurants, plays, and then there is all of Provo Canyon that is less than a 20 minute drive from anywhere in Orem. Just west of Orem lies Utah Lake State Park and many more reservoirs just up the canyon provide anyone with a love for boating access to the natural beauty and recreational opportunities available. Orem is a very beautiful city with many differing attractions with the mountains, lakes, reservoirs, resorts, national parks, desert, and shopping within reach of you in only a matter of minutes!

Orem Neighborhood Map

 

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III. Orem Crime Rates

Need I say more? You need to know what is going on within your chosen neighborhood. You don’t want any drunken surprises, drug busts, or robberies happening in your neighborhood. Thankfully for you, Orem is known for being a safe and secure neighborhood.

Orem received a crime rate of 145.8 which is astoundingly lower than the US average of 280.5. Within 2016 there were 0 murders, 26 rapes, 18 robberies, 21 Assaults, 209 Burglaries, 2,116 Thefts, 122 Auto Thefts, 3 Arson attempts per 100,000 people. This is considerably lower than for example, Chicago which had 765 murders, 1,568 rapes, 12,000 robberies, etc. So Orem seems like a pretty nice place to live! There are however many opportunities to volunteer and join a service organization within Orem. These organizations provide support and encouragement to those residents who need it the most.

Service Organizations:

  • Mountainland Association of Governments Aging and Family Services Department
  • Neighborhoods in Action
  • Orem Recreation Volunteer Opportunities
  • Orem Library Volunteer Opportunities
  • Orem Public Works Volunteer Opportunities
  • Victim Assistance Center

Other Volunteer Resources:

 

IV. Orem Schools & Stats

If you have children then this is probably one of the most important thing you should be thinking about. Where are your kids going to go to school? How good is the school when compared to the others in the area? Does the school specialize in a certain subject and will my children enjoy that? These are all serious questions that need answered. We’ve done the hard work for you and found a PDF put together with all the schools in the district. You can learn more at each school’s website, but we’ve pulled the most important data from each one and arranged it here. Here is a PDF of all the schools within the Alpine School District.

  • 60 Local Elementary Schools
  • 17 Local Junior High / Middle Schools
  • 3 Local High Schools
  • 5 Accredited Colleges

Since there are so many school to report on feel free to visit the PDF above with all their information but we’ve broken down the interesting stats on the 3 High Schools that are in the Orem area so you can make an informed decision on where you want to live if you have high schoolers. For more in depth information, visit Alpineschools.org and compare the below assessments.

Orem High School

OHS Logo - Owned by Orem High SchoolOrem High‘s mission statement is “Student Achievement Is Our Business… Our Only Business!” They have the goals as a faculty to always speak in a professional and positive manner, assume goodwill, and talk positively about all the teachers and programs. They also desire to celebrate student successes. The students commit to achieve daily attendance, keep their grades up high and to manage their school Pride properly.

  • Actual Enrollment 2017: 1,214 students
  • Graduation Rate for 2017: 95%
  • Student to Teacher Ratio for 2017: 25 students/1 teacher
  • Average Cost for Student Lunch in 2017: $2.00
  • School Subject % Proficiency for 2017: 47.8% Language Arts / 33.2% Mathematics / 47.1% Science
  • Average ACT score: 21.8 Composite / 21.5 English / 22.6 Reading / 21.3 Math / 22.3 Science

 

Mountain View High School

MVHS Logo - Owned by MVHSMountain View High is known as the Bruin Nation and are known for their engagement with students, contribution to student run clubs, and their student achievements.

  • Actual Enrollment 2017: 1,278 students
  • Graduation Rate for 2017: 95%
  • Student to Teacher Ratio for 2017: 25 students/1 teacher
  • Average Cost for Student Lunch in 2017: $2.00
  • School Subject % Proficiency for 2017: 60.8% Language Arts / 46.3% Mathematics / 63.9% Science 
  • Average ACT score: 20.8 Composite / 20.3 English / 20.5 Math / 21.4 Reading / 21.2 Science

 

Timpanogos High School

Timpanogos High has the mission to empower students to be life-long learners. Their motto is “We learn, not for school, but for life.” and then they encourage all students to learn how to learn, have an intrinsic love for school, achieve a high competency in all areas, graduate and attend colleges or trade schools, and to ensure that every day is “A Great Day To Be a T-Wolf!” See Timpanogos’ 2017 stats below:

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  • Actual Enrollment: 1,506 students
  • Graduation Rate: 93%
  • Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 25 students/1 teacher
  • Average Cost for Student Lunch: $2.00
  • School Subject % Proficiency: 45.5% Language Arts / 42.3% Mathematics / 43.4% Science
  • Average ACT score: 21.5 Composite / 20.9 English / 22.2 Reading / 21.4 Math / 21.8 Science

 

V. Homes for Sale in Orem

Moving to a new state, city, or neighborhood is a perfect time to consider buying a home. It’s a new start and would completely establish you in the area and with your neighbors. However, there are a few things you should consider other than the color of the cabinets, how plush the carpet is, or the bedroom count; Consider which neighborhoods are going to be growing, where are the shopping malls, where landmarks are located, and how old the house is. All these things directly affect home valuations. You want to buy a home that will continue to appreciate in value so you can sell if for a profit when you decide to move again later in life. Check out Zillow’s Home Buying Guide to get help figuring out everything you need to know through a step by step process to buy a home. The estimated average home price or condo value in Orem is currently $238,700 for a medium home with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. We’ve compiled a list of calculators to help you purchase a home in Orem and figure out how much you can afford with it comes to mortgages, refinancing, and affordability of homes you are looking at.

Home Buying Calculators:

 

VI. Apartments in Orem

Renting an apartment is almost as stressful as entering into a new relationship. You have to search for the perfect match, with the right amenities, price, location, features, and above all the other tenants and your landlord have to be on point. You’ll be living in a neighborhood within a neighborhood. A community that functions within society as a whole and you want to be in the best position possible. You need a landlord who fits your personality type so you don’t class over the dumbest things. Luckily for you we’ve compiled a few resources to help make the process seamless and easy.

  • Rent Affordability Calculator
  • List of Nice Apartment Complexes
  • Documents you need ready when you are renting:
    • Past 60 days of Paystubs
    • Bank Statements
    • Driver’s License or Passport
    • Recommendations from Friends and Family
    • Vehicle Registration and Proof of Insurance
    • Social Security Number
    • Previous Rental History
    • References
    • Job History
    • Checkbook
  • Check out brand new properties.
  • Look at middle floor units.
  • When you find a place you like, jump on it!
  • Negotiate on a fixer-upper.
  • Choose your amenities wisely.

 

VII. Orem Cost of Living

Find out from the locals how much groceries are, average rent/mortgages, property expenses, taxes… The better idea you can get before arriving, the more prepared you can be—and also the more negotiating power you’ll have when you’re determining what to request for your salary if you are moving here for work. The cost of living index will help you understand if you can afford to live in Orem, Utah and how this city compares to other cities within Utah and how Utah compares to others in the USA. Take the cost of living seriously and it could save you lots of money in the long run. Currently the cost of living index for Orem is 86.4 which is less than the average across the United States which means it is relatively cheaper to live in Orem than most cities across the US.

 

VIII. Things To Do in Orem, Utah

Let’s be honest for a second. The main thing we care about when moving to a new city or neighborhood is ‘what is there to do in Orem?’ We care less about the crime rates than we do the food scene, the fitness gyms, grocery stores, shopping malls, theatres, etc. No one wants to live in a place that has no nightlife! So what is there to do in Orem? More than you would think!

  • Hale Center Theater
  • Sundance Resort
  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Murdock Canal Trail
  • University Place Shopping Mall
  • Scera Shell Outdoor Theater
  • Provo Beach
  • The Shops at Riverwoods
  • Owlz baseball games

Orem Attraction Resources

 

IX. Orem Commuting & Public Transit

How accessible is Orem? Before settling down in any given neighborhood you need to check out how close it is to the main cities and attractions. You don’t want to have to live in Big Water, Utah which is 5 hours and 39 minutes from Salt Lake City or where there is no public transit. We’ve compiled the best commuting times, average gas prices, and available public transit surrounding Orem below.

Commuting Times can make or break an apartment or house when you are deciding on a place to live. Unless you want to be out in the open and in the countryside then I’d suggest looking up the typical travel times from Orem out to the nearest cities.

Commuting Times

Travel Time from Orem to the Attractions and National Parks

Average Gas Prices around Orem

  • Winter Average Gas Prices – $2.09 per Gallon – From 2017
  • Summer Average Gas Prices – $2.64 per Gallon – From 2017

For real time insights into gas prices in Orem visit GasBuddy.com!

Available Public Transit

 

X. Cheap Self Storage in Orem

If you are moving then you should seriously consider self storage. It could take a while to find the perfect neighborhood in a day, week, month, or year. You’ll want to arrange for a cheap self storage unit that can protect your belongings while you continue your search for home. You need something flexible, cheap, and in a convenient location, you need Neighbor Storage. Neighbor’s got your covered with their self storage platform. The prices below speak for themselves.

 

We’ve listed out all the unit sizes you could possibly imagine. You won’t need anything bigger than an 10 x 20 storage unit unless you are trying to store an RV in which case you should really be looking at Neighbor’s website for a space to save you money. The traditional self storage unit prices are almost double every time for every size of storage unit available. Neighbor provides storage at affordable costs, secure locations, and as on demand units so you can get a unit anytime, every-time. Find cheap Orem self storage or rent out your extra space on Neighbor

 

XI. Orem Moving Guide Conclusion: Home Sweet Home?

You can literally move anywhere in the United States. According to a Pew Research Center Survey, 37% of Americans who have never lived outside their hometown and 57 percent have never lived outside their home state. Don’t fall into that statistic! Be a traveler, explorer, or nomad of the the USA suburbia! Why not try living in Orem, Utah? If not, explore other new neighborhoods near you and only settle when you have found the city that fits your vibe.

 

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Author: Dallin Preece

Dallin is a husband and father, growth marketer, and SEO enthusiast at Neighbor. Neighbor is the Airbnb of Storage. They are disrupting the self storage industry with new technology and the sharing economy. Learn more at Neighbor.com