Elevation is a key geographical term that tells us how high or low a location is in comparison to the mean sea level of Earth. Elevation is most commonly measured in feet or meters and can be applied to towns, cities, mountains, and any other point on the planet. The elevation of Provo is very high at 4,551 feet (1,387 m). The average elevation all around the United States is 2,500 feet (760 m), so the elevation of Provo is over 2,000 feet (610 m) higher than the national average. Most major cities around the United States are situated at elevations much lower than Provo as many of them were founded in coastal locations.
Provo is situated at a very high elevation that matches much of the rest of the state of Utah, which is the third highest state in the nation behind Colorado and Wyoming. Utah’s average elevation is 6,100 feet (1,860 m) as it features many mountainous regions, so the elevation of Provo is significantly lower than the state average. The highest point in all of Utah is Kings Peak, which has an elevation of 13,534 feet (4,125 m), while the lowest point is the Beaver Dam Wash, not far from the Arizona border, which has an elevation of 2,180 feet (664 m).
The highest city in all of Utah is Brian Head, which is located at an extremely high elevation of 9,800 feet (2,987 m). Many of the state’s major cities are lower than this, but still very high compared to most urban locations around the United States. Salt Lake City, for example, is situated at an elevation of 4,226 feet (1,288 m) and has a high point of 9,410 feet (2,868 m). Other major cities around Utah include West Valley City, which has an elevation of 4,304 feet (1,312 m), and West Jordan, which has an elevation of 4,373 feet (1,333 m).