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Fact Sheet: U.S. Census Bureau Estimates for Incorporated Places and Housing Units, 2017

Each year, the Census Bureau produces population estimates at varying levels of geography. They have already released national, state, county, and metropolitan/micropolitan estimates for the 2017 vintage. This most recent release included annual population estimates for both incorporated places (cities and towns) as well as housing unit estimates at the state and county level from […]

May 24, 2018
The Jazz are Utah: Looking back on the Jazz wins off the court

By: Jennifer Robinson The Utah Jazz are done playing for the 2017-2018 season, but their impact on the community will last all year. Thanks to the leadership and values held both on and off the court, Utah’s NBA basketball franchise has garnered a massive following across the state and region, producing a large positive impact […]

May 21, 2018
Governor Gary Herbert joins us for a guest blog, sharing his speech on International Trade and Utah’s Economic Success from the Utah Economic Summit.
International Trade and Utah’s Economic Success

By: Gov. Gary R. Herbert Editor’s note: In this guest blog post, we publish a policy speech delivered by Utah governor Gary Herbert at the 2018 Economic Summit held April 27, 2018 in Salt Lake City. Gov. Herbert shares his views on Utah’s export economy, the importance of free trade, his support of NAFTA (including […]

May 15, 2018
Act now to avoid a housing affordability crisis in Utah

By: Natalie Gochnour Originally published in the Deseret News. The Utah economy continues to perform. The expansion celebrated its eighth birthday this year, and the federal tax cuts will extend the expansion, which is already the nation’s and state’s second longest ever. These are prosperous times. Every economic expansion party has a host of well-wishers […]

May 7, 2018
Study: Housing Prices Are Outpacing Wage Growth in Utah

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A study indicates the demand for Utah housing is exceeding the supply, resulting in rising prices that could affect some households more than others. The Spectrum reports the University of Utah study made public Tuesday has found that the increase of housing prices is outpacing wage growth, which could place a severe […]

May 4, 2018
Study: Utah faces a housing shortage

Utah’s booming housing market is outpacing workers’ wages, threatening the state with an affordable-housing crisis, according to new research out of the University of Utah. Since 2010, Utah has been among the nation’s fastest-growing populations and fastest-growing economies, resulting in more demand than the supply of adequate housing can meet.

Trying to stem the skyrocketing price of Utah housing is goal of new Salt Lake Chamber coalition

Utah Jazz executive Steve Starks doesn’t want his daughters to grow up and find they can’t afford a decent place to live around here because housing prices are steadily escalating faster than incomes.

Utah Housing Affordability: Avoiding a Potential Crisis

By: DJ Benway Since 2010, Utah has led the nation in population and job growth. This growth has put tremendous pressure on our state’s housing market. Every Utahn interacts in some way with the housing market, whether we are renters, homeowners, first-time homebuyers, or none of the above; all Utahns are affected by the housing […]

May 2, 2018
Utah facing several threats to housing affordability

April 27, 2018 (Salt Lake City) – The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute today released a landmark report on the rapid appreciation of housing prices in Utah and the threat to affordability. This report greatly expands upon an earlier research brief released last month. Researchers found that Utah’s rapid employment and demographic growth has produced […]

May 1, 2018
Gardner Business Review: What Rapidly Rising Prices Mean for Housing Affordability

Since 2010, Utah has led the country in employment and demographic growth. This growth has produced exceptionally strong demand for housing, which in turn has put upward pressure on housing prices.






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