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Demographic Milestone: Utah’s Hispanic Population Surpasses 400,000

By: Pamela S. Perlich

New estimates released today by the Bureau of the Census indicate that Utah’s Hispanic population has reached 411,143 by July 1, 2015. This means that about 1 out of every 7 Utahns (13.7 percent) is Hispanic or Latino, and greater than 1 out of every 5 new Utahns (22.8 percent) since the 2010 Census count is Hispanic. This population is young, with an estimated median age of 24.4 years old, compared to 30.7 years old for the state as a whole.

These same estimates indicate that the share of the Utah population who are minorities (anyone except those who identify as White and not Hispanic) also continued to increase to greater than 1 in 5 Utahns (21 percent) and account for 4 out of every 10 new Utahns since 2010. Nearly two-thirds (65.4 percent) of Utah’s estimated minority population are Hispanic or Latino.  All of the race and ethnic groups considered here have consistently increased since 2010. Non-Hispanic Whites have grown by the largest absolute amount in 2010 (140,730), but at the slowest rate (6.3 percent).

Non-Hispanic Asians, Utah’s second largest minority population, added 16,177 persons since 2010 to reach 70,971 by 2015. Considering all race and ethnic groups tracked in these estimates, this population, which grew by 29.5 percent since 2010, outpaced the growth rates of all other groups. Data from the American Community Survey indicates that, especially since 2010, individuals migrate from Asia to Utah in larger number than from Latin America. This shift occurred with the onset of and recovery from the Great Recession.