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Latest Census Data Shows Differences in Population Growth Among Utah Communities | News, sports, jobs

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This aerial photo shows the Utah Valley University campus in Orem and the communities of Payson, Provo and Lehi on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

A population shift is occurring throughout the Beehive State.

While some cities and counties in Utah are experiencing rapid growth, others are declining. The United States Census Bureau has released its latest estimates showing the total population across the country. The data shows where people are moving to and moving away from.

The information is supplemented by data from the most recent census, which also takes into account data on births, deaths and domestic and international migration.

Utah County experienced the largest growth between July 2022 and July 2023, adding over 16,400 new residents. The district currently has 719,174 inhabitants.

Not surprisingly, Lehi is driving some of Utah Valley's growth. The city's population increased from 84,378 in 2022 to 90,227 in 2023, an increase of 6.9% from the previous year. The home of Utah's Silicon Slopes is not only the growth leader in Utah County, but also the fastest-growing city in the state, according to census data. Eagle Mountain isn't far behind with a population growth of 5.2%, increasing from 54,122 residents to 56,932 over the same period.

Saratoga Springs, Spanish Fork, Santaquin, Payson and American Fork are also each seeing their own jumps in immigration to the city.

Further north, the population increase was not as large as Utah County, but Davis County added just over 3,000 residents, bringing the estimated population to 373,207, while Weber County saw an increase of just under 2,500 residents for an estimated total population of With almost 2,500 inhabitants there were 271, 926.

Ogden's population grew by just 0.5% with a slight increase in population from 86,804 to 87,267. West Haven, West Point, Syracuse and Hooper are among northern Utah cities also experiencing growth spurts.

Utah County Population Changes:

  • Lehi: +5,849 inhabitants.
  • Saratoga Springs: +3,219 residents.
  • Eagle Mountain: +2,810 residents.
  • Payson: +1,529 residents.
  • Spanish Fork: +1,415 residents.
  • American Fork: +1,289 residents.
  • Provo: -346 residents.
  • Pleasant Grove: -360 residents.
  • Springville: -378 residents.
  • Orem: -471 residents.

The growth trend in Utah is nothing new. The latest Census Bureau data comes as no shock to researchers at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. “So we saw a number of trends continue that we had seen before, so for example communities in southern Salt Lake County and northern Utah County were seeing really strong growth,” said Mallory Bateman, director of demographic research , told the Daily Herald.

The latest census results don't explain why some cities are growing and others, like Provo, which saw a slight 0.3% population decline, are not.

However, Provo remains the state's fourth-largest city, while Orem, Lehi and Ogden all rank in the top 10.

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