Utah Governor Gary Herbert, who grew up in Orem and maintains a residence there, joined other dignitaries Tuesday to spin the first ceremonial shovel of dirt as construction began on the 15-acre temple compound between Geneva Road and I-15, south of the University Parkway exit. The temple will be located on a property next to a 20,000 square foot meeting house that will be built on the site of a former church building in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. Anticipation outweighed fear as Herbert and other leaders from the LDS Church, the Utah State Board of Supervisors, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers showed up.
The community is very close to Timpanogos High School and is therefore a popular destination for school children of all ages. There are 66 schools in Orem, including the selected school for children in grades 3 to 5, and provo is widespread throughout the valley in the south.
One of the best schools in Orem is the Utah County Academy of Sciences (UCAS), which offers a wide range of courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Stevens Henager College is located on the campus of Broadview University, which closed in the summer of 2016, as is the University of Utah's sister college.
Orem is also home to a number of professional sports teams, including the Utah Catzz in the National Football League (NFL) and the Salt Lake City Stars of Major League Soccer (MLS). Orem also hosted the US Open Cup, Utah's first professional football tournament, and hosts two major college football games as well as two college basketball games. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Utah also played in a league that lasted just one season, but only one year.
When a series of canals were created, the area was populated by many fertile orchards, which gave Provo Bench its early reputation as Utah's garden city. The Utah Farm Labor Association built a labor camp in Orem in the early 20th century as part of its expansion into Utah's agricultural sector.
When the highways of the area were taken over, the farmers began to settle in other areas of what is now Orem. Rural roads became a cross-link between farms and houses and orchards in rural areas. When the city was laid out as it was, these streets were also crushed to connect the courtyards that connected it to other cities like Salt Lake City and Provo Bench. The area was popular in Utah because of its proximity to the Utah State Capitol, the Salt River and the campus of Brigham Young University.
The second major change in the landscape of Orem came when many of its courtyards were transformed into a series of intersections that today are probably the center of the city, with a central core at the intersection of Main Street and Main Avenue. O Rem has had some successful central planning, but it is now as much a "central core" as it was when it was known as Provo Bench.
Population density can be influenced by several factors, including the size of the city, the number of people per square mile, and the population density of a city. Rivers, mountain regions and other features can affect population and square miles, but population density can also be influenced by the geographical layout of cities.
The population estimate for 2019 is 97,828, compared with 88,328.5 in 2010, making Utah the fifth-largest city. Orem had the highest population per square mile and the second highest population density in the state of Utah, behind Salt Lake City. It has an average population of 1,743,000, or about 1.2 people per capita.
This makes sense, as Utah is the birthplace of the Mormon religion and more than half of the people who live in Orem are actually part of that religion. Utah has a higher percentage of Mormons than other parts of the state, including Salt Lake City, where only 61% of the population identifies as Mormon.
Saints make solemn covenants with the temple of God and the Last - Day Saints, either vicariously or on behalf of others who have died. They learn sacred truths in the temples and can accept or reject temple decrees from the spirit world. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day president Thomas S. Christensen shovels dirt during the groundbreaking ceremony at the Orem Utah Temple in Oreg, Utah, Saturday, September 5, 2020. Elder ThomasS. Christensen, President of Utah First Presidency, speaks before a dedication prayer during the dedication ceremony for the Utah Temple that broke ground on Friday, October 4, 2016 in Orem, Utah.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Thomas S. Christensen took part in the groundbreaking ceremony with a gold-colored shovel with a wooden handle embossed with the church logo and date.