SALT LAKE CITY -- New U.S. Census Bureau information shows the Provo-Orem, Heber City and St. George areas are among the fastest-growing places in the nation.
Population estimates released Thursday by the Census Bureau show Provo-Orem was the nation's seventh fastest-growing metropolitan area, with 2.7 percent growth between 2010 and 2011. St. George ranked 11 with 2.6 percent growth.
Greater Heber City grew 3.8 percent, making it the seventh fastest-growing among micropolitan areas, which include places with 10,000 to 50,000 residents.
Previously released data show Utah was the second fastest-growing state in the nation behind Texas.
State demographer Juliette Tennert tells The Salt Lake Tribune Utah's high fertility rate and relative economic strength after the recession contribute to the growth.
Population dropped in rural Beaver, Carbon, Emery, Garfield, Piute and Wayne counties.