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Utah has one of the nation’s fastest-growing populations. The Beehive State has the nation’s highest fertility and birth rates, highest life expectancy rate, and highest net in-migration rate.

People from around the world come to Utah for its many outdoor attractions and end up staying for the rest of their lives. Utah’s population has helped build one of the nation’s most robust and productive economies.

To help sustain Utah’s positive economic momentum and maintain the State’s renowned quality of life, Utah is taking action now. For example, multiple Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) have been brought together under the Utah Department of Transportation’s (UDOT) Unified Transportation Plan to anticipate and embrace the challenges and opportunities of rapid population growth. With approval by the Governor’s Economic Council, the State of Utah is working to stay ahead of the curve by working with long term-planning organizations, such as Envision Utah, to identify and budget for critical needs now.


  • 3.10: Utah’s average household size, 3.10 persons, is the largest in the U.S.
  • 2.60: Utah’s fertility rate of 2.60 per woman ranks first nationally.
  • 29.2: Utah’s median age of 29.2 is the youngest in the U.S.
  • #1: Utah ranks first nationally in percentage of family households (71.4 percent) and married couple families (60.5 percent).


Utah’s 2011 population increased 41,743 people, or 1.5 percent from 2010, ranking Utah third among states in population growth. Utah grew more than twice as fast as the nation from 2010 to 2011. The United States 2011 population increased by 2,261,698 people, or 0.7 percent from 2010.

2012 Outlook

Natural increase (births less deaths) is anticipated to add 39,100 people to Utah’s population in 2012. While net in-migration has slowed since the peak of the economic expansion, Utah’s net migration is projected to remain positive at 5,000 people.

Utah’s Population Growth

By 2060, Utah’s population is projected to be more than 6.84 million people. This equates to a 146 percent increase in the next 52 years.

Since 2001, total employment in Utah increased 19.1 percent, while growth in population was 17.1 percent. Most of the growth in total employment between 2001 and 2007 occurred in the mining, educational services, and health and social services sectors. The largest decreases in employment were in the manufacturing and farm sectors. By 2020, the fastest-growing sectors are expected to be educational services, health and social services, and administrative and waste services.

Population Fast Facts

………………………………………..Utah                   USA
Population                                        2,817,222       311,591,917
Persons under 5 years                 9.3%                  6.5%
Persons under 18 years               31.2%               23.7%
Persons 65 years and over         9.2%                 13.3%
Female persons                               49.8%              50.8%
Persons per square mile               33.6                87.4

Source: 2012 U.S. Census Quick Facts

Utah Population Projection

Year   Population
2010: 2,927,643
2020: 3,652,547
2030: 4,387,831
2040: 5,171,391
2050: 5,989,089
2060: 6,840,187

Source: Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget

Utah ’s Most Populated Cities

City……………………2012 Census   2011 Estimate   % Change
Salt Lake City:               186,440              189,899               1.9
West Valley City:          129,480             131,942               1.9
Provo:                                112,488              115,321               2.5
West Jordan:                   103,712             105,675              1.9
Orem:                                    88,328                90,727              2.7
Sandy:                                   87,461               89,200              2.0
Ogden:                                  82,825                83,949               1.4
St. George:                          72,829               74,770               2.6
Layton:                                 67,311                68,459                1.8
Taylorsville:                      58,652                 59,767               1.9

Utah’s Fastest-Growing Cities

City                   2012 Census        2011 Estimate      % Change
Heber                      11,392                     11,795                        3.8%
Park City                7,558                       7,822                          3.5%
Saratoga Springs 17,781                    18,299                        2.9%
Salem                       6,423                       6,603                          2.8%
Spanish Fork         34,691                    35,659                        2.8%
Alpine                      9,555                      9,821                           2.8%
Santaquin               9,128                       9,381                          2.8%
Highland                 15,523                    15,953                        2.8%
Eagle Mountain    21,415                    22,008                       2.8%
Springville             29,466                    30,281                        2.8%

America’s Most Youthful State

Utah is home to one of the nation’s most youthful states, which contributes to the state’s dynamic workforce, energy and productive lifestyle. Utah’s median age is the country’s youngest at 29.6, much lower than the national average of 37.3.

Utah continues to report the highest birth rate in the United States, with 19.2 live births per 1,000 total population in 2009. The preliminary U.S. birth rate during the same timeframe was 13.5 per 1,000 population— considerably lower than Utah’s.

130 LANGUAGES: A Diverse State

Utah, along with the rest of the nation, is becoming more ethnically and racially diverse, with much of this diversity resulting from recent immigrants and their children. In the 2010 Census, over one-third of the nation’s population is classified as minority, while Utah’s share reached one-fifth. Today, estimates are that 130 different languages are spoken in Utah, giving the state a potentially new and stronger reach into the global economy and culture.