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Insight: Utah trivia buff? Here’s a book you’ll like

By: A. Scott Anderson

Originally published in the Deseret News

Did you know that Salt Lake City’s population has reached the lofty milestone of 200,000 residents? However, as a proportion of Salt Lake County, its population has never been smaller.

What region of the world are most Utah immigrants coming from? If you guessed Latin America (like I did), you would be wrong.

Did you know that Utah national park and monument visitation increased from 10 million in 2010 to over 18 million in 2018, while the number of national park jobs in Utah actually declined over the same period?

Did you ever want to be a Utah trivia champion?

If so, (or even if you just want to learn some interesting things about the state) you should get a copy of the new edition of “Utah Informed: Visual Intellection for 2019.” This 80-page book full of fascinating facts and figures about Utah is published annually by the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

The book offers visual snapshots of Utah, ranging from interesting trivia to substantive data. Sections and topics covered include current affairs, Utah’s economy, economic development, public finance, energy and environment, health, real estate and construction, travel and tourism and Utah demographics.

Here’s a sample:

  • Visitors from which foreign country spent the most in Utah in 2017? Canadians spent $190 million. Second was China, whose visitors spent $140 million. France ($42 million), Germany ($42 million) and the U.K. ($40 million) round out the top five.
  • Utah enjoys the nation’s most diverse economy, followed by Missouri, Arizona, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
  • Utah also topped the nation in employment growth in the life sciences industry from 2012 to 2017. Utah’s 5 percent growth was followed by Georgia (4.4 percent), Colorado (3 percent) and Texas and Massachu