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Insight: What a Decade! Reflections on the Newest Utah State and County Population Estimates

By: Emily Harris

Note: The opinions expressed are those of the author alone and do not reflect an institutional position of the Gardner Institute. We hope the opinions shared contribute to the marketplace of ideas and help people as they formulate their own INFORMED DECISIONS™.

The Gardner Institute has been involved in Utah’s locally produced population estimates since 2015.  In that initial year, we created a series that went back to 2010 (the last decennial census) and have since created these estimates annually in collaboration with the Utah Population Committee (UPC). It’s been an eventful decade, and there were a few key events over the last nine years that significantly impacted Utah’s demographic patterns:

  • The Great Recession left an imprint on households, fertility, and economic dynamics that is still being felt in 2019.
  • In 2012, a missionary age policy change in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rattled the migration trends in the state from 2013 to 2015.
  • A federal tax law change in 2017 impacted fili