News Release

Diversity data book presents Utah’s racial, ethnic and sex disparities and opportunities

May 6, 2021 (Salt Lake City) – The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute today released an extensive data book that reveals significant differences in economic, education, health, and housing outcomes in Utah by race, ethnicity, and sex. These differences, while multi-layered and complex, show Utah’s minority populations (with a few notable exceptions, especially among the Asian population) are more likely to have less income and wealth, higher poverty rates, lower educational achievement and attainment, less home ownership, and higher housing cost burdens. Utah’s Asian population, which includes significant variation in disparities within the Asian population overall, measures similar or better income, unemployment rates and student achievement levels to the White population and dramatically exceeds all other race/ethnicities for the percent of the population with a bachelor’s degree. Utah health data show more variance and nuance by race and ethnicity. Some minority populations show longer life expectancies and lower rates of depression, obesity, and asthma than the majority population.<