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Clark County, Nevada (Las Vegas) and Maricopa County, Arizona (Phoenix) sent most migrants to Utah from 2015-2019

Analysis details state and county migration patterns over several years

May 31, 2023 (Salt Lake City) – An analysis by demographers at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute details how residents move in and out of each county in Utah, forming a pattern of migration flows unique to their region and time. Each of Utah’s 29 counties experience in-migration and out-migration, and a closer look at county-level patterns reveals geographic ties and trends unique to each county.

“Our most recent analysis allows us to answer the most frequently asked questions about Utah’s migration patterns,” said Gardner Institute Senior Demographer Emily Harris. “These include topics such as: ‘What counties are sending migrants to Utah? Which counties receive these out-of-state migrants? Are Utahns leaving the state? And if so, where are they going?’ The data confirm Utah has strong western migration ties to neighboring states, and that county migration patterns vary greatly from overall state migration patterns.”

Key findings from the report include the following:

  • Strong Western Migration Ties – Utah sends a