Utah’s Economy: Dissecting Utah’s Demographic Growth

utah econUtah is well known for its demographic growth. For decades the state has been one of the fastest growing states in the country. And when compared to the 11 western states Utah ranks near the top. From 2010 to 2014 the population of Utah increased by 6.5 percent, tied with Colorado for the most rapidly growing western state during the economic recovery. Utah’s demographic growth however is unique. In Utah demographic growth is largely driven by natural increase (birth minus deaths) not net in-migration, a well-worn observation. Natural increase and net migration are the two components of population change.

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