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A Look at Utah in 50 Years

By: Pamela S. Perlich This week, we released our county level demographic and economic projections for Utah for the next half century. These projections are the culmination of two years of research and development work by our team at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Given my long history and deep involvement in this projection […]

July 18, 2017
Report: Washington County to balloon to more than 500,000 population over next 50 years

The hard-driving forces that have made St. George and the rest of Washington County one of the fastest-growing populations in the U.S. are expected to continue for the foreseeable future, ballooning the area to more than 500,000 people over the next 50 years, according to new state population projections released this week.

June Economic Summary
June 27, 2017
“Informed Discussions” Podcast Ep. 2: Utah Demographics with Dr. Pamela Perlich

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the latest population estimates for Utah, showing continuing shifts in the demographic profile of the state. Dr. Pam Perlich, director of demographic research at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, breaks down the data in the latest “Informed Discussions” podcast.

June 26, 2017
Census: Utah’s Asian and Multiracial Populations Increasing

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Utah is experiencing a growing wave of diversity and Asian and multiracial population are growing faster than others. The state’s Asian and multiracial populations both grew by 6 percent between 2015 and 2016 — faster than any other racial or ethnic group, […]

June 25, 2017
Tribune Editorial: Get ready for Utah, and America, to become more diverse

The United States is growing more diverse, and forecasts for Utah match changes seen across the country. Minorities now account for 21 percent of Utah’s population, compared with 19 percent in 2010. In short, minority populations are growing faster than white populations, prompting local demographer Pam Perlich to label these differences as “the new Utah.” “Since 2010, Utah’s […]

June 24, 2017
Our fight against violent crime begins at home

By: Natalie Gochnour Originally published in the Deseret News It’s been a violent summer in our community and country. A disturbed man gunned down a mother, her sons and another child as they returned home from school. A drunken fight turned into a murder in Murray. A drug bust in the basement of a Cottonwood […]

June 21, 2017
“Informed Discussions” Podcast: Globalization

What has been the impact of globalization in Utah? Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute senior fellow James Wood concludes the impact of globalization has been widespread and nearly all positive. A big reason for Utah’s international success is that many of the products we manufacturer are largely immune to offshoring. Utah also has a great […]

June 15, 2017
Fast Forward: Major trends with the potential to reshape Utah

By: Natalie Gochnour Originally published in Utah Business Alvin Toffler was a futurist who wrote extensively about the digital revolution. He popularized the term “information overload” and wrote the landmark book Future Shock, which has sold millions of copies and remains in print today. He died last year, but left a legacy of compelling ideas. I […]

June 14, 2017