The Bureau of Economic and Business Research, now housed within The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, has published numerous reports and papers on Utah demographics. This page includes a selection of our research papers focusing on demographics.
Our ongoing research confirms that Utah is part of a larger net in-migration growth region centered in the Intermountain West. It has gained sufficient population relative to other states to warrant an additional seat in congress. Decennial results also provide evidence that Utah retains many of its signature demographic characteristics but is trending in the same direction as the nation. For example, it continues to have the youngest median age among all states, but has increased from 27.1 years in 2000 to 30.5 in 2014.
The state’s ethnic and racial diversity are increasing, although its minority share of 20.7 percent is less than the nation’s 37.9 percent. Minority population growth in Utah, as in the nation, outpaces the rest of the population. Youth continue to be the forefront of this change. The implications of this most recent evidence for the future depend upon whether the state continues to generate sufficient economic opportunity to attract young adults. If so, growth rates will continue to be relatively strong, the population will maintain its youthfulness, and racial and ethnic diversity will continue to increase. Like other regions and communities across the nation, Utah will maintain many of its demographic idiosyncrasies, but its connections to the outside world will also mean that most standard demographic indicators will continue to trend in the same direction as the nation. (Excerpt from Volume 71, Number 2 of the Utah Economic and Business Review, published in 2011).