News Release

Utah’s population increased by nearly 60,000 between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017

Salt Lake City (November 29, 2017) — Utah’s population increased by 59,045 people between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017, according to new population estimates released by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

Net migration continues to increase with a statewide estimate of 26,989 net migrants, the highest level since 2006. This exceeds last year’s estimate by 2,728 persons. A pattern of strong net in-migration to Utah appears to have been firmly reestablished, albeit at a slower rate than prerecession levels. Annual births continue to decline with 1,202 fewer births than last year and annual deaths continuing to increase.

“The increased net in-migration is evidence of the relative economic strength of the state,” said Dr. Pamela Perlich, director of demographic research at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. “Salt Lake County has attracted the largest percentage of the net in-migration flow, with a surge in multi-family residential units.”

New data also show population by county, with the largest increase occurring in Salt Lake County. Salt Lake County is estimated to have added 19,372 persons to reach a total of 1,128,283, the largest numeric increase of all counties. Salt Lake County