According to Kiplinger, Provo, UT is the 10th best place to live in the United States. As a former resident of Provo, I have to agree. Provo is a wonderful place to be. Many parts of Provo are absolutely beautiful. The presence of BYU and UVSC (uh.. is it UVU these days??) means there’s plenty of college-aged kids running around. Non-motorized trails along the Provo River. Utah Lake on the west, Wasatch range on the east – it’s a beautiful setting.
Of course, living in Provo has it’s downside, too… namely that everyone there is Mormon (not that there’s anything wrong with Mormons, mind you.. but too many of anything in such a small area is bound to drive you nuts – except bicycles). Provo struggles with the same urban sprawl issues that all cities are experiencing, meaning that its edges are far less attractive than it’s center. Residents of Provo will be subjected to an endless barrage of BYU vs. U of U jokes. And, of course, it’s located adjacent to Orem, which is probably the worst city ever constructed.
Oddly enough, the article didn’t even mention J-Dawgs, Gual Bertos, or Burgers Supreme, which are clearly some of the best reasons to live in Provo. Also, on the Kiplinger page, there’s an unfortunate video walking tour of Provo, which curiously highlights some of Provo’s weakest (rather than strongest) points (Thanksgiving Point, the Riverwoods, and sprawl happening in towns to the south. But they are right, however, that LRT to downtown SLC will be a fantastic addition to the city.