Three Utah counties among fastest growing in the nation

March 23, 2017

By: Emily Harris, M.S.

Utah made national headlines last December when the Census Bureau identified Utah as the fastest growing state in the nation. Today the Census Bureau released the county-level estimates for July 1, 2016, and Utah continues to make headlines. Three Utah counties, San Juan, Wasatch, and Juab, were in the top 10 fastest growing counties in the nation. Read More


Utah Tops National Growth

December 21, 2016

By: Pamela S. Perlich

Census Bureau estimates released today confirm that Utah’s population surpassed 3 million and also had the most rapid growth rate last year. The state population for July 1, 2016 of 3,051,217 is an increase of 60,585, the 11th highest population growth amount among all states. Utah’s highest in the nation annual growth rate of 2.03 percent, outpaces second-ranked Nevada (1.95 percent), and third ranked Idaho (1.83 percent). Utah also became the 31st most populous state, increasing from a ranking of 34 in 2010. In the process, it surpassed Mississippi, Arkansas, and Kansas. Read More


New Data Sheds Light on Utah’s Shifting Demographics

September 22, 2016

By: Dr. Pamela S. Perlich, Ph.D.

This past week, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2015 American Community Survey 1-year estimates.[i] These data show us that while Utah maintains its “signature demographics”, it continues to follow long run national demographic and economic trends. Evidence of the ongoing recovery from effects of the Great Recession also appear in these data. Read More


Demographic Milestone: Utah’s Hispanic Population Surpasses 400,000

June 21, 2016

By: Pamela S. Perlich

New estimates released today by the Bureau of the Census indicate that Utah’s Hispanic population has reached 411,143 by July 1, 2015. This means that about 1 out of every 7 Utahns (13.7 percent) is Hispanic or Latino, and greater than 1 out of every 5 new Utahns (22.8 percent) since the 2010 Census count is Hispanic. This population is young, with an estimated median age of 24.4 years old, compared to 30.7 years old for the state as a whole. Read More

Population Growth at Point of the Mountain Portends Merged Metro Area

Population Growth at Point of the Mountain Portends Merged Metro Area

June 14, 2016

By: Pamela Perlich, Ph.D.

New estimates recently released by the Bureau of the Census indicate that population growth in the state continues to be concentrated in its two largest counties, particularly in southern and western Salt Lake County and northern and central Utah County. Further, the annual amount of population growth in Utah County is approaching that of the much larger Salt Lake County. This provides further evidence of the merging of the two largest counties into a more integrated metropolitan region. Read More


Beyond Fertility: Utah’s population is not just homegrown

March 17, 2016

By: Dr. Pamela Perlich, Ph.D.

The population of Utah recently surpassed 3 million. This milestone has been achieved as a result of the combination of positive natural increase, with the annual number births consistently exceeding deaths, and significant net in-migration, especially since 1990. People who follow population issues in Utah are well aware of the state’s signature demographics, which include the highest fertility rate and youngest median age among all states. It was quite fitting that Governor Herbert recognized this milestone while standing in a maternity ward.  Read More

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Analysis of Neighborhoods’ Housing Identifies Areas of Population Growth in Salt Lake County

January 28, 2016

By: Dr. Pamela S. Perlich, Ph.D.

Today we release our tract level population, household, housing unit, and group quarters estimates for Salt Lake County. These are annual estimates for 2010 through 2014 for all 212 census tracts within Utah’s most populous county. Our analysis shows that areas of rapid growth are in the southern portion of the county (Bluffdale, Herriman, and South Jordan), central valley (Midvale and Murray), and Salt Lake City. Read More


Utah’s Fertility Rate is at Historic Low

January 8, 2016

By: Pamela S. Perlich, Ph.D.

Utah is well-known for its signature demographics, the most iconic of which is the highest total fertility rate in the nation. What is perhaps less well-recognized is that Utah’s fertility rate has fallen significantly since 1960, when it was 4.30 children per woman, to 2.33 in the most recent data for 2014. This is an historically low fertility rate for Utah, and only slightly exceeds the replacement level of 2.1.[1]

We can identify several key drivers of this change. Read More

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Census Releases Detailed Data on Utah’s Veteran Population

November 11, 2015

By: Dr. Pamela Perlich, Ph.D.

Every Veterans Day I remember back to how handsome my father was in his blue Air Force uniform and carefully shined black shoes. When I was very young my dad was a pilot in the Strategic Air Command, which was a key component of the “strategic nuclear strike force” during the Cold War. I remember that he would dress in his green flight suit with the tall black boots, pack his duffle bag, and leave the house for what seemed like forever. His homecomings are very happy memories for me. Read More

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Utah Population Achieves 3 Million

October 26, 2015

By: Dr. Pamela Perlich, Ph.D.

The DemographyUTAH team estimates that the Utah population has reached 3,000,000 as of October 2015. As with all estimates, there is an element of uncertainty. Migration is always the wild card. If migration has been more rapid than estimated, we may have achieved this milestone in August. Conversely, if migration is less than estimated, the three million mark may not be reached until January of 2016. Read More