Utah’s population on April 1, 2020 was 3,271,616.
Through partnership programs with the Census Bureau, including the State Data Center and the Federal State Cooperative for Population Estimates, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute has been involved in the build-up and roll-out of the 2020 Census decennial enumeration in multiple ways. As data is released, we will continue our involvement in the 2020 census by providing Utah-based insights. The information below provides information into background and process, as well as new data as it becomes available.
COVID-19 created impacts to operations, in addition to delays to some data processing. The Census Bureau has announced that:
- Delivery of Demographic Profile, Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC) in May 2023.
- Delivery of Detailed DHC-A in August 2023.
- Delivery of apportionment data to the president by April 30, 2021.
- Delivery of redistricting data to states in one national release by September 30, 2021.
The release of geographic support products for Utah was February 9, 2021.
Learn more about how the 2020 Census operated and adapted to unprecedented conditions here.
The decennial census is the largest peacetime mobilization of the federal government, aiming to count everyone living in the United States once, only once, and in the right place. April 1 is Census Day.
The U.S. Census Bureau completed the 2020 Census count operations in October 2020. Utah ended the count with the 10th highest self-response rate of all the states (71%). Overall, 99.9% of Utah households were enumerated.
Apportionment data are the first statistical release from the decennial census. These national and state total population counts decide how many seats each state receives in Congress.
Redistricting data are the second statistical release from the decennial census. This data is used by states to allocate their in-state political districts. This release contains detailed race and Hispanic or Latino origin data for the population age 18 and over and the total population.
Geographic boundaries, both legal and statistical, are the framework for understanding decennial census data.
- Learn what’s new in Utah’s census 2020 geography, along with census geography basics.
- Download Utah’s 2020 Census geographies from the Utah Geospatial Resource Center
- Visit Tigerweb for an interactive view of Utah’s census 2020 boundaries and roads
- Use the census geocoder to find the block, tract, etc. associated with a particular address
The Census Bureau is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of respondents. For the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau is going to apply disclosure avoidance (also known as differential privacy) to ensure the security of the data.
- Learn more about what went into the decision and what is involved in data processing for the decennial census.
- Learn more about the 2020 Census in Utah, with this document reporting processes and operations undertaken. Additional information can be found in the appendices on Differential Privacy, Geography, Public Outreach, and the Census Technical Advisory Committee (available on request).