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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.

St. George, Utah, is nation’s fastest-growing metro area, Census says

ST. GEORGE, Utah — St. George is the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the U.S., according to new estimates from the Census Bureau. There were an estimated 165,662 people in 2017 in the designated metro area, which includes most of Washington County in southwestern Utah, up 4% from 2016, according to estimates released Thursday. The news […]

March 22, 2018
Utah economy is booming. Is a slowdown on the horizon?

Utah’s economy is booming; there’s little doubt. But, there’s a small but growing fear that we may be at the peak of that expansion. Juliette Tennert, Cheif Economist with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, says Utah’s economy has been expanding for 8 1/2 years, which is a remarkable run, but there is reason to […]

January 17, 2018
Analysts mixed on Utah economic outlook for 2018

SALT LAKE CITY — A consensus of Utah economic analysts is predicting a measure of continued strength in the state’s economy in the New Year. However, they don’t all agree on the level of vitality Utahns should expect in the coming year. A panel of renown local economists offered their views on the state’s perspective […]

January 16, 2018
Utah population booming — fueled by job seekers and babies

New state estimates show Utah’s population continues to boom — adding 59,045 people this year, the equivalent of plopping in another Taylorsville. But demographers see a radical shift in what fuels that growth. Mainly, traditionally big-family Utah is seeing fewer births: they dropped by 1,202 last year, continuing a nine-year streak of declines. Meanwhile, migration […]

November 30, 2017
Congressman-elect John Curtis to be sworn in Monday

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – In an otherwise unpredictable election night, former Provo Mayor John Curtis handily took the congressional seat once occupied by Jason Chaffetz. Now, he prepares to head to Washington, where he will sworn in as early as Monday. Curtis spoke to constituents at the University of Utah’s Kem Gardner Policy Institute […]

November 9, 2017
Republican John Curtis, Utah’s new congressman-elect, set to be sworn in, cast first vote Monday

By Monday night — less than a week after winning election to become Utah’s newest congressman — John Curtis will be in Washington getting sworn in and casting his first vote. It’s a tad overwhelming, he said with a laugh Wednesday, and “a little surreal.” With a Republican-led Congress eager to pass major reforms, the freshman GOP […]

Utah ranks No. 2 in growth of residents who speak a language besides English at home

During this decade, Utah sped along to the second-fastest growth rate for residents who speak a language other than English while at home, a shift driven by the children of immigrants. That population grew by 20 percent between 2010 and 2016, second only to the 25 percent growth rate in Wyoming, according to a Center […]

October 26, 2017






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