Provo, located about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City along the Wasatch Front, has an estimated population of 113,459 and is the home of Brigham Young University. Operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons or LDS Church), it is the flagship of the Church's system of higher education and has more than 34,000 students that call the area home. Many students live either in on-campus housing north of the university or just south of campus, in an area dedicated to student apartments and condos.
The city is also home to several international companies including Novell, Inc., The Generations Network, Think Subscription, Aculis, Tahitian Noni International, Nu Skin, and MultiLing Corporation. Provo also has many strip malls, shopping centers, and fine restaurants. Local attractions include America's Freedom Festival at Provo which features the Stadium of Fire at BYU held in LaVell Edwards Stadium, home to Brigham Young University's NCAA football team. The Independence Day festivities are quite popular among local residents and have featured such notable figures as Bob Hope, David Hasselhoff, Reba McEntire, Mandy Moore, Huey Lewis and the News, Toby Keith, Sean Hannity, Fred Willard, and Taylor Hicks. Other points of interest in the area include the Brigham Young University Arboretum, The Peaks Ice Arena, Provo City Library, and the Velour Live Music Gallery.