Utah’s population will grow by 2.2 million in 2060, report says

SALT LAKE CITY — A new report projects that Utah’s population will reach 5.5 million people by 2060, while doubling the number of households in the state.

The report “Long-term planning projections” of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah also shows that the state will age over the next four decades.

Projected growth estimates would see the state’s population increase by 66%, with Utah reaching 4 million in 2032 and 5 million between 2050 and 2051. In total, the following five counties will account for 83% of the projected growth in Utah:

  • Davis
  • salt lake
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Weber

Washington County is expected to experience the largest population increase by 2060, growing 155% to 282,000 additional residents.

The report shows that the majority of the population increase will come from net migration, with only four counties, Cache, Iron, Sanpete and Utah, driven by natural increase, which is a younger population from college students. .

But as the state grows, the number of younger residents is expected to decline. The report predicts that the share of the population between 18 and 24 will increase from 11.5% to 9.5% in 40 years. Meanwhile, the share of those aged 85 and over will increase by 10.5%.

The large population increase will also result in more than 1.3 million jobs in Utah, confirming the state’s claim to be one of the fastest growing economies in the United States. With the addition of over 207,000 jobs, the construction sector is expected to see the biggest boom.

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