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Provo, a city in the Wasatch Front region of the state of Utah in the United States of America, is known as a base for exploring the surrounding countryside and national parks. Provo is located in Utah County, which is often considered the most conservative county in the most conservative state in the country. Approximately 90% of the residents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon), compared to about 65% of the state as a whole. It is also the location of Brigham Young University, an LDS-owned university; the public Utah Valley University is located in the adjacent city of Orem.

Provo itself has a population of about 115,000 people, but the Provo-Orem metropolitan area that encompasses Utah Valley is home to over half a million people. Other cities in the valley are very accessible, especially Orem, which sits side-by-side with Provo. Because of Orem's proximity, visitors to Provo should also look at things to do in Orem, as well as places to eat and sleep, depending on their needs and interests.

The Utah Valley Visitor's Center, located at the Utah Valley Convention Center (220 W Center St, Suite 100, +1 800 222-8824, M-F 8:30AM-5PM) and its website provides free maps, itineraries, and activity ideas for Provo and the rest of Utah Valley.

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  1. 88% of the population in Provo are Mormons.
  2. Not only is Provo home to a handful of billion dollar companies, three of them are on the same street.
  3. Provo is home to Brigham Young University, a private higher education institution, which is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
  4. Provo is the 2nd city in the US to work with Google Fiber.
  5. Provo was called Fort Utah when it was settled in 1849 by 33 Mormon families from Salt Lake City, but was renamed Provo in 1850 for √Čtienne Provost, an early French-Canadian trapper who arrived in the region in 1825.

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