Blog Post

Insight: 2021 1-Year American Community Survey Estimate Release

By: Mallory Bateman, Director of Demographic Research

Yesterday the Census Bureau released the 2021 1-Year American Community Survey (ACS) Estimates. Utah popped in the national press release as having the highest share of people with private health insurance coverage (77.8%). Due to the 2020 1-Year Estimates being experimental, the Census Bureau does not recommend comparing them with other years. We will make comparisons between 2019 and 2021.

These estimates provide insights into over 40 different socioeconomic topics for communities with 65,000 or more residents. In Utah, this means we gain insights for seven counties (Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, Washington, and Weber) and 11 cities (Layton, Ogden, Orem, Provo, St. George, Salt Lake City, Sandy, South Jordan, West Jordan, and West Valley City) in addition to state-level insights.

Another area of emphasis in the national picture was the increase in people working from home. In 2019, 5.7% of U.S. workers worked from home. By 2021, this had increased to 17.9%. In Utah, a similar increase occurred, with 7.4% of workers in 2019 to 20.0% in 2021. Salt Lake County drove nearly half of the increase, with an increase of over 104,000 residents working from home between 2019 and 2021.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2021 1-Year American Community Survey Estimates

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