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Latest census data shows variations in Utah communities’ population growth

By Curtis Booker - Daily Herald | May 18, 2024

Photo supplied, Jay Drowns/UVU Marketing

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

There’s a shift in population across the Beehive State.

While some Utah cities and counties are spiraling with growth, others are on the decline. The United States Census Bureau released its latest estimates showing the population totals across the country, with data showing where people are moving to and where they’re moving away from.

The information is complied through data from the most recent census, also taking into account data on births, deaths, and domestic and international migration.

Utah County saw the most growth between July 2022 and July 2023, adding over 16,400 new residents. The county is now home to 719,174 citizens.

Driving a chunk of Utah Valley’s growth, to no surprise, is Lehi. The city’s population rose from 84,378 in 2022 to 90,227 in 2023, a 6.9% increase year to year. The home of Utah’s Silicon Slopes is not only Utah County’s leader in growth, it’s also fast-growing city in the state, according to the census data. Eagle Mountain isn’t far behind with a 5.2% increase in population, jumping from 54,122 residents to 56,932 within the same time frame.

Saratoga Springs, Spanish Fork, Santaquin, Payson and American Fork also are seeing their own respective jumps in citizens moving to town.

Further north, while the uptick in population was not as vast compared to Utah County, 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 with an estimated total of 271, 926.

Ogden’s population increased by just o.5% with a slight uptick in residents from 86,804 to 87,267. West Haven, West Point, Syracuse and Hooper are among Northern Utah cities also experiencing growth spurts.

Weber/Davis county population changes:

  • West Haven: +1,663 residents.
  • Syracuse: +1,484 residents.
  • Layton +928 residents.
  • West Point +595 residents.
  • Ogden +463 residents.
  • North Ogden +383 residents.
  • Plain City +213 residents.
  • Roy -189 residents.
  • Bountiful -340 residents.

Utah’s growing trend is not something new. The recent Census Bureau data doesn’t come as a shock to researchers at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. “So we saw a bunch of trends continuing that we’d seen before, so things like southern Salt Lake County and northern Utah County communities having some really strong growth,” Mallory Bateman, director of demographic research, told the Daily Herald.

The recent census findings don’t explain why some cities are growing and others like Provo, which saw a slight 0.3% drop in population, aren’t.

However, Provo remains the fourth-most populous city in the state, while Orem, Lehi and Ogden all fall within the top 10.

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