Utah Population 2018

3,159,345

As of 2018, the state's estimated population is 3.16 million. If you take a look at the map above you can get population data for each county in Utah and see just how empty parts of the state are. The last census in the USA was carried out in 2010, and this revealed that the Utah population stood at 2,763,885. This is a significant increase of over 20% from the numbers declared in 2000. Utah is currently the 4th fastest-growing state in the United States. Utah's population in 2018 makes it the 34th most populous state in the country.

In 2018, the estimated population of Utah is 3.16 million, up significantly from the 2010 Census-confirmed population of 2.76 million. Utah currently enjoys a growth rate of 1.64%, which ranks 4th in the country.

Utah Area and Population Density

Located in the central southern sector of the USA, the state of Utah is the 13th largest in terms of land mass, but it is very sparsely populated by comparison. Around 80% of Uath's residents live in the surroundings of Salt Lake City; therefore, there are vast areas which are simply uninhabited.

It's interesting to note that this is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the US, and although numbers are growing by significant percentages, large parts of Utah remain completely uninhabited.

The total surface area of Utah covers 84,899 square miles (219,887 square kilometers). For every square mile of Utah land, there is an average of 33.6 people, and there are only nine states in the country with a less dense population.

Most of Utah's population (more than 2 million) lives in the towns and cities along the Wasatch Front, a metropolitan area running north-south with the Wasatch Mountains, although growth outside this area is also on the rise. For example, St. George is currently the 17th growing metropolitan area in the country.

By far the largest metropolitan area in the state is the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, with 1.3 million residents as of 2016. This is followed by the Odgen-Clearfield area with 597,000 residents. While Utah as a whole has a very low population density, Salt Lake city proper has a density of 1,666 people per square mile.

Utah Demographics Notes

Age/Sex, Race, and Religion

The median age across the population of Utah is approximately 30.3 years of age. When examining the ratio of females to males among the residents of Utah, females are at 49.7% and males are at 50.3%.

The racial diversity within the population of Utah is currently at 87.35 Caucasian, 4.7% other races, 2.6% two or more races, 2.2% Asian, 1.1% African American, and 2% Natives of North America.

In terms of religious preferences among the current residents of the state, 73% are affiliated with a Christian based faith, 4% are affiliated with non-Christian based faiths, and 18% are not affiliated with any religion in particular.

It's additionally worth noting that Salt Lake City, Utah, is the world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and about 55% of Utahans are members of the church. This has a large influence on the culture and life in Utah.

Utah Boundary, Census, and Statehood History

Utah was acquired from Mexico in 1848 and established as a territory in September 1850, including most of present-day Nevada and western Colorado. Colorado and Nevada were separated in 1861, with further transfers from Utah to Nevada in 1862 and 1866. Utah acquired its present boundaries in 1868, and was admitted as a State on January 4, 1896. Utah's 1850 census was taken as of April 1, 1851 and included almost no population outside the present State. The 1860 population includes some persons in present-day Wyoming, but excludes counties located in present-day Nevada. The 1870 population excludes Rio Virgin County, which was part of Nevada although enumerated as part of Utah.

Utah Population Chart

Utah Population History

In 1850, the Utah population was recorded at 11,380 but some significant increases were to follow. Just ten years later, the census of 1860 revealed a leap in figures of over 250% to 40,273.

Further sustained growth was to follow and by the end of the century, the population of Utah had grown to 276,749. While the overall picture through the 1900s was one of further increases, it wasn’t until 1970 that numbers breached the one million mark for the very first time.

However, from that point onwards, percentage increases on a census by census basis have been quite significant, and in the present day, the Utah population is now climbing toward three million.

Utah Population Growth

While the Utah population may be relatively small, it is growing rapidly. By the time of the next census in 2020, figures should have comfortably exceeded three million. Utah's St. George is currently one of thed fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, and the state as a whole has the 4th highest growth rate. According to the Census Bureau, Utah's minority population is growing the fastest and quickly gaining on the white population as well.

According to projections, Utah's rapid growth is expected to continue over the next few decades, and by 2060, the state should have a population of 6.84 million people. It's believed the state's fast growth is partially due to the quality of life and the strong economy, as the state and many of its cities are frequently rated as some of the best places to live in the whole country.

Population Data via US Census

Utah Growth Rate

Utah Population Rank

Year Pop % Change
20203,274,3691.79%
20193,216,8571.82%
20183,159,3451.85%
20173,101,8331.89%
20163,044,321Infinity%
20162,948,427-1.22%
20152,984,9171.57%
20142,938,6711.33%
20132,899,9611.60%
20122,854,2221.38%
20112,815,4301.45%
20102,775,2602.20%
20002,233,1692.63%
19901,722,8501.66%
19801,461,0373.27%
19701,059,2731.75%
1960890,6272.60%
1950688,8622.27%
1940550,3100.81%
1930507,8471.23%
1920449,3961.87%
1910373,3513.04%
1900276,7492.76%
1890210,7793.89%
1880143,9635.25%
187086,3367.92%
186040,27313.47%
185011,3800.00%

Utah Facts

Utah Population in 2018Source: By Diliff (taken by Diliff) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

  • Utah has the youngest population in the entire United States, as well as one of the highest birth rates.
  • Utah's population is considered the healthiest in the entire country.
  • The state also has the highest literacy rate, the highest number of high school graduates and the highest number of college graduates.
  • The mountains near Salt Lake City see an average of 500 inches of snowfall annually.
  • Gosiute, Paiute, Shoshone, and Ute Indians originally inhabited what is now the state of Utah. In fact, the name was derived from the Ute Indians.
  • Salt Lake City has the second highest number of plastic surgeons per capita than any other city in the US.
  • A higher number of Utahns are married than in any other state. In addition, the median age of marriage is lower than the nationwide average.

Utah Population Density by County

Salt Lake County

  • Population1,135,649
  • Density1530.37 per sq km
  • Growth Since 20109.94%
  • State Rank1
  • % of State36.61%

Utah Population Growth Rate by County

The growth patterns of the counties in the state of Utah were observed by looking at data from the 2010 US Census and estimates recorded by the Census Bureau in 2015. This comparison showed that Utah as a whole primarily had population gains across its counties. The highest increases in population were observed in the northern region of the state. Wasatch County had the highest increase in population that exceeded 23%. Other significant gains were recorded in Washington County (12.41%), Uintah County (16.9%), and Morgan County (16.13), among others. Smaller gains were observed in counties including Summit, Davis, and Salt Lake.

While there was primarily poplation growth observed in most of Utah's counties, some did see losses in population. The highest loss occurred in Emery, which had a drop of 5.66%. Other losses were observed in Wayne County, Piute COunty, Beaver, Carbon, and Garfield.

Population by Race

Race Population
White2,572,595
Some Other Race141,374
Two or More Races77,810
Asian66,039
Black or African American32,512
American Indian and Alaska Native31,686
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander26,411

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Utah Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8% Male Population0%2%4%6%8% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Utah Median Age

30.3


Total

29.8


Male

30.9


Female

Utah Adults

There are 2,043,260 adults, (294,843 of which are seniors) in Utah.

Utah Age Dependency

68.7

Age Dependency Ratio

16.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

51.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Utah Sex Ratio

Female

1,465,372

49.70%

Male

1,483,055

50.30%

Utah Households and Families

Utah Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Utah Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married79.8%20.2%
All69.6%30.4%
Male56.9%43.1%
Female53.1%46.9%
Non Family52.6%47.4%

69.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Utah Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All918,3673.1669.6
Married564,0553.7579.8
Non Family228,1591.4352.6
Female87,1333.653.1
Male39,0203.7256.9

3.65

Average Family Size

3.16

Average Household Size

4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Utah Households

Utah Education

Utah Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade49,9002.92%
9th to 12th Grade94,7635.55%
High School Graduate393,48423.05%
Some College461,79027.05%
Associates Degree166,4459.75%
Bachelors Degree358,88721.02%
Graduate Degree181,83410.65%

Utah Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White1,407,6241,341,132481,742
Hispanic192,607128,61524,734
Other Race71,55341,7876,800
Asian43,03136,71920,001
Multiple Races24,01121,3967,247
Native American17,63014,0272,083
Black16,86514,7204,075
Islander13,36712,0281,905

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.28%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 46.48%.

Utah Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,249$46,673$26,104
Less Than High School$23,221$27,199$17,135
High School Grad$30,247$37,166$22,383
Some College$32,567$42,483$24,331
Bachelors Degree$45,837$60,598$32,207
Graduate Degree$66,378$81,391$51,125

$36,249

Average Earnings

$46,673

Average Male

$26,104

Average Female

Utah Language

Utah Language by Age

Utah Language

85.33% of Utah residents speak only English, while 14.67% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 9.94% of the population.

Utah Poverty

Utah Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White2,304,753209,9169.11%
Hispanic390,95587,88922.48%
Other138,58035,64725.72%
Multiple75,93412,07315.90%
Asian64,43410,89016.90%
Native30,7389,48530.86%
Black31,3968,28426.39%
Islander25,9355,11319.71%

11.68%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.82%

Male Poverty Rate

12.54%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Utah

The race most likely to be in poverty in Utah is Native, with 30.86% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Utah is White, with 9.11% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.90%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.65%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 17.42%.

Utah Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School21.73%
High School10.81%
Some College8.05%
Bachelors or Greater4.44%

Utah Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed32.98%
Male Unemployed25.09%
Female Employed8.59%
Male Employed6.41%

Utah Income

Utah Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$62,518$79,414
Families$71,058$88,127
Married Families$78,302$96,125
Non Families$35,780$48,660

Utah Marital Status

Utah Marital Status

Marriage Rates

55.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

56.2%

Male Marriage Rate

55.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Utah Married by Age and Sex

Utah Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Utah Marital Status by Race

Utah Veterans

Utah Veterans by War

129,748

Number of Veterans

121,411

Male Veterans

8,337

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam45,482
First Gulf War24,763
Second Gulf War24,602
Korea14,001
World War II8,341

Utah Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
75+31,456
65 to 7431,151
35 to 5429,609
55 to 6424,402
18 to 3413,130

Utah Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White121,4416.74%
Hispanic7,2442.98%
Black2,0469.87%
2 or More1,8025.04%
Other1,5831.79%
Asian1,3752.65%
Indian9484.29%
Hawaiian5533.20%

Utah Veterans by Education

6.05%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.07%

Veteran Disability Rate

Utah Employment Status

Utah Employment by Age

67.9%

Labor Force Participation

64.3%

Employment Rate

5.1%

Unemployment Rate

Utah Employment by Race

Utah Employment by Education

Utah Nativity

Utah Citizenship Status

Data Sources
  1. Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute
  2. US Census State Population Estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  3. US Census County Population Estimates - Most recent county estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  4. American Community Survey (2009 - 2013)
  5. Census QuickFacts
  6. Historical Populations of States and Counties (1790 - 1990)