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Father Silvestre Velez de Escalante, who was a Spanish Franciscan missionary and explorer, is considered the first European to have visited the Provo area in 1776. The area wouldn’t be settled, however, until 1849, when 33 Latter Day Saints families from Salt Lake City established Fort Utah. Fort Utah’s name was changed to Provo in 1850. The city is named after French-Canadian fur trapper Etienne Provost, who came to the region in 1825.
Today, Provo is considered to be the third largest city in the state of Utah. According to a 2013 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, Provo has a population of 116,288 people. Provo is the principal city in the Provo-Orem metropolitan area. The Provo-Orem metropolitan area has a population of 526,810 people. This makes it the third largest metropolitan area in Utah, after the Salt Lake City and Ogden-Clearfield metropolitan areas.
Forbes named Provo the Best Small and Medium-Sized City for Jobs in 2015. Additionally, according to a 2015 report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Provo was named the highest in job growth.
Five companies headquartered in the Provo-Orem metropolitan area are listed on Inc.com’s Inc. 5000, which lists the fastest-growing private companies in the country. The largest of these Provo-based businesses is DieCuts With a View. DieCuts With a View is ranked as number 1403 and has revenue of $26.2 million. Other Provo-based companies on the list include Vital Smarts (number 4109, with $41.4 million revenue), and Connect Public Relations (number 3694, with $6.1 million in revenue).
Provo is also home to Ryze Trampoline Parks, MediaWorks Inc., action Target, Ancestry.com, Aquaveo, Morinda Bioactives, Novell, Nu Skin Enterprises, Qualtrics, and Vivint.
The most notable landmark in the city of Provo is inarguably Brigham Young University. Brigham Young University is a private institution owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). According to College Atlas and GW, “excluding online students, [Brigham Young University, or BYU] is the largest of any religious university and the third largest private university in the United States, with 39,672 on-campus students.” BYU was founded in 1875, and as of 2013, had a $1.05 billion endowment.
Otherwise, the Provo area is also home to the Sundance Mountain Resort, which is a ski resort spanning 5,000 acres of Mount Timpanogos. Alpine skiing began in the area in 1944, but actor Robert Redford founded the Sundance Resort itself in 1968. Consequently, Park City’s Sundance Film Festival and non-profit Sundance Institute were spun off from the resort.
As for sports, Provo’s main sports teams are Brigham Young University’s Cougars. BYU’s NCAA football team plays in LaVell Edwards Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 63,470. The football Cougars have 13 bowl wins and 1 claimed national title to their names. They also boast one Heisman winner, Ty Detmer in 1990. The Cougars’ men’s Basketball Team plays at the Marriott Center. The Basketball Cougars have reached the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight three times and won their Conference tournament three times as well.
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