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Insight: U.S. Census Bureau Releases 2021 City and Town Population Estimates

By Eric Albers

On May 26, 2022, the Census Bureau released population estimates for incorporated places (cities and towns) and housing estimates at the state and county level for July 1, 2021. This data release provides additional context about the changing demographics in Utah. There were several noteworthy items from this most recent release. For a more detailed look at the data, see our latest fact sheet.

Utah’s Chart-Topping Growth in This Release

The Census Bureau’s most recent estimates show how Utah’s growth compares to the rest of the country.

*Of cities with populations of 50,000 or more on July 1, 2021

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, Vintage 2021 Population Estimates

Boom in New Housing

Utah experienced the nation’s fastest housing unit growth, adding 31,699 new units between 2020 and 2021. Salt Lake (9,835) and Utah (7,659) counties accounted for over 50% of s