By Heidi Prior
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Utah’s increasing racial and ethnic diversity is due in part to an increasing number of Black or African American residents across the state. To mark Black History Month, this blog uses several Census Bureau data resources to describe Utah’s Black or African American population (referred to as Black in this blog).
4 in 10 Black Utahns are multiracial.
More than 67,000 Utahns identify as Black or African American, according to 2020 Census data. About 40% are multiracial, listing Black or African American along with one or more other races. The majority of these multiracial residents describe themselves as both Black or African American and White. More information on the Census Bureau’s race categories can be found here.
Utah’s Black population growth outpaces state growth overall.
Between 2010 and 2020, Utah’s Black or African American population grew by nearly 24,000 residents (both Black alone and in combination with other races). Over the decade, Utah’s Black population grew 55% while the total state population grew only 18%, causing the Black share of the state to increase from 1.6% to 2.1%. The number of multiracial Black residents nearly doubled during this time, growing 94% and contributing to the multiracial population’s status as Utah’s fastest-growing racial group.
Figure 1: Black Residents as a Share of State Population, 2020