Utah Population 2018


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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

It's 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 63% of Utahns are members of the church. This has a large influence on the culture and life in Utah.

Utah Population 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

Utah Facts

Utah Population in 2018Source: Garrett from Salt Lake City

  • 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 dervied from the Ute Indians.
  • Salt Lake City has the highest number of plastic surgeons per capita than any other city in the US.
  • A higher number of Utahans 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

  • Population1,121,379
  • Density1511.14 per sq km
  • Growth Since 20108.56%
  • State Rank1
  • % of State36.84%

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.

Utah Population Pyramid 2018

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Population by Race

Race Population
Some Other Race164,775
Two or More Races89,044
Black or African American32,800
American Indian and Alaska Native31,702
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander29,463

Utah is one of few states that has a significantly higher percentage of white residents -- surpassing 90%. The current estimate of 91.2% is significantly higher than the 86.1% recorded during the 2010 Census. Most people residing in the state are of Northern European descent, although there are also communities of Icelandic Americans and Italian Americans.

Utah has one of the lowest African American population percentages in the nation, ranking 43rd out of 50 states. The state does, however, have one of the highest percentages of Hispanic residents in relation to toal population, ranking 12th out of 50 states. It ranks 10th in its percentage of Mexican American inhabitants when compared to total population.

Utah's major ancestry groups include English (26%), German (11.9%), Scandinavian (11.8%), Mexican (9%), American (6.6%) and Irish (6.2%).

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 1-Year Survey)

Languages Spoken in Utah

Language Population Percentage

This chart shows the top 10 languages that are spoken at home in Utah. The data comes from the most recent release of the American Community Survey (ACS).

Utah Economy

High school graduate or higher 91%
Bachelor's degree or higher 30.6%
With a Disability 6.4%
Persons Without Health Insurance 13.8%
In Civilian Labor Force 67.8%
In Civilian Labor Force (Female) 59.7%
Food Services Sales $4,789,281
Health Care Revenue $14,521,857,000
Manufacturers Shipments $50,046,429,000
Merchant Wholesaler Sales $30,927,885,000
Total Retail Sales $38,024,486,000
Total Retail Sales per Capita $13,317
Mean Travel Time to Work 21.6 minutes
Median Household Income $59,846
Per Capita Income (past 12 months) $24,312
Persons in Poverty 11.7%

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Utah for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 3.9% and the labor force participation rate is 67.9%.

Utah Business

Total Nonemployer Establishments 209,643
All firms 251,419
Men-owned Firms 132,163
Women-owned Firms 76,269
Minority-owned Firms 24,423
Nonminority-owned Firms 218,826
Veternan-owned Firms 18,754
Nonveteran-owned Firms 219,807

Utah Housing

Housing Units 979,709
Owner Occupied Housing Rate 69.7%
Median Value Owner Occupied Housing Units $212,500
Median Monthly Owner Costs (w/Mortgage) $1,454
Median Monthly Owner Costs (no mortgage) $386
Median Gross Rent $875
Building Permits 18,297
Households 896,194
Persons per Household 3.14 persons
Living in Same House 1 Year Ago 82.8%
Language Other than English Spoken at Home 14.6%
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)