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A recent Gallup poll named the Provo-Orem metropolitan area as the most optimistic in the nation, with 76 percent of its residents saying their city is getting better as a place to live.

The survey was conducted across 190 metro areas in the U.S. and is based on interviews with more than 353,000 adults done in 2011. The results are part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

Thought the results don’t show what exactly makes a metro area optimistic, the area has an unemployment rate of 5.3 percent, which is well below the national average. Major companies like Ancestry, Novell and Vivint have headquarters in the Provo-Orem area, and the area is known for being an ideal place for startup businesses.

Provo-Orem’s metro area has been in the top 10 of the survey for four years straight and beat out cities like Lafayette, La., which came in second with 75.8 percent optimism rate, and Raleigh-Cary, N.C., which sits at third place with 74.9 percent.

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