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Insight: U.S. Census Bureau Releases 2022 Estimates for Housing and City and Town Populations

By Eric Albers and Heidi Prior

On May 18, 2023, the Census Bureau released population estimates for incorporated places (cities and towns) and housing estimates at the state and county level for July 1, 2022. This blog presents several noteworthy items from this most recent release. For a more detailed look at the data, see this fact sheet.

Utah Highlights

The Census Bureau’s most recent estimates capture how Utah’s small area and housing unit growth compares to the rest of the country.

* Among cities with populations over 50,000 on July 1, 2021

Utah Leads the Nation in New Housing

Housing units grew modestly nationwide between 2021 and 2022, with Utah having the fastest housing unit growth for the second year in a row. Utah added 38,876 new units, increasing its housing stock by 3.3%. Utah and Salt Lake counties contributed over half of this growth.

Wasatch County’s housing unit growth was the fastest in the United States, increasing 7.7%. Utah (5.4%), Washington (4.7%), Box Elder (4.3%), and Tooele (4.1%) counties also experienced rapid growth in housing units.

Chart-Topping Growth in Some Cities, Population Declines in Others

Lehi was the 14th fastest-growing large city (population 50,000+ in 2021) in the U.S., increasing 5.6% between July 1, 2021, and July 1, 2022. Although smaller in total population, Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain exceeded both Lehi’s absolute increase and growth rate. Many of Utah’s smaller cities and towns also grew quickly, wi