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Three Utah counties among fastest growing in the nation

By: Emily Harris, M.S.

Utah made national headlines last December when the Census Bureau identified Utah as the fastest growing state in the nation. Today the Census Bureau released the county-level estimates for July 1, 2016, and Utah continues to make headlines. Three Utah counties, San Juan, Wasatch, and Juab, were in the top 10 fastest growing counties in the nation.

San Juan County, nestled in the Southeast corner of the state, was ranked as the fastest growing county in the nation (7.6 percent). The county’s population, as of July 1, 2016 is estimated at 16,895, up by 1,188 people.  San Juan’s record growth is largely attributed to net migration, with 1,051 people moving to the county between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016.  The population growth in San Juan County is a surprise because job growth in the county has been tepid.  The Gardner Policy Institute will be taking a closer look at the population dynamics in the county and evaluating this estimate.

Wasatch and Juab County, surrounding the Wasatch Front, were ranked fourth and ninth, respectively (4.7 percent, 4.2 percent). Both Wasatch and Juab