News Release

Utah is favorably positioned to host another successful Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

April 27, 2023 (Salt Lake City) – Utah’s demographic, social, and environmental factors favorably position the state to host another successful Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, according to a report released today by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.  This new study supplements a previously released report that found hosting another Winter Games would make a significant economic impact to the state, generating jobs, income, and economic output.

“Utahns strongly support hosting a future Olympic and Paralympic Winter games,” said Gardner Institute Director of Economic Research Nate Lloyd. “Positive social trends, minimized negative environmental impacts, and strong and stable population growth all point to Utah being favorably positioned to be successful if selected.”

Key findings from the report include the following:

Strong Support – 82% of Utahns support hosting a future Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Demographic Trends – Utah continues to be a fast-growing, youthful, and rapidly diversifying state that attracts new migrants. Over 8% of the population was born outside the state and over 140 languages are spoken in the public schools.

Social Factors – Utah maintains its stature as a volunteer state with significant civic pride, nation-leading social capital, and high levels of well-being as measured by physical health, active lifestyles, healthy behaviors, and access to recreational activities. Utah’s progress in creating a greater sense of belongi