Utah’s population increased by nearly 60,000 between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016

Salt Lake City (December 8, 2016) — Utah’s population increased by 57,402 people between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016, according to new population estimates released by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

Net migration continues to increase with a statewide estimate of 24,742 net migrants. This exceeds last year’s estimate by 2,314 or 10.5 percent. A pattern of strong net in-migration to Utah appears to have been firmly reestablished, albeit at a slower rate than prerecession levels. Annual births continue to decline with 331 fewer births than last year and annual deaths continue to increase.

“The state continues to experience annual population growth that serves as further evidence of the relative economic strength of the state,” said Dr. Pamela Perlich, director of demographic research at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. “While net migration continues to increase, the combination of fewer births and more annual deaths have resulted in the lowest level of natural increase since 1998.”

New data also show population by county, with the largest increases occurring in Utah and Salt Lake Counties. Utah County is estimated to have added 17,668 persons to reach 603,362. Salt Lake County’s population is estimated to have reached 1,108,872, an increase of 14,233. These two counties represent 56 percent of the state’s population. Strong growth has occurred in counties adjacent to Salt Lake and Utah Counties as well as Washington County, which has gained an estimated 5,757 persons, or 3.7 percent.  Wasatch, Kane, Juab, and Morgan Counties grew 4 percent or more since 2015.

While overall growth is up, six counties across the state have estimated population loss. These include energy-producing counties such as Uintah County, with the largest decline, followed by Duchesne, and Emery. Smaller counties with small estimated declines include Piute, Daggett, and Wayne.

The full research brief is available here.

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