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 currently enjoys a growth rate of 1.64%, which ranks 4th in the country.
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 Utah'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.
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%.
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.
Additionally, 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). However, almost half of Utah's counties are seeing significant declines in Mormon membership in recent years. About 60.68% of Utahans are members of the church. This has a large influence on the culture and life in Utah.
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.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Utah was:
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.
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 the 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.
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%).
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 population 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.
Two or more races
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 78.5%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 38.78%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
84.56% of Utah residents speak only English, while 15.44% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.39% of the population.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
The race most likely to be in poverty in Utah is Native, with 23.67% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Utah is White, with 7.36% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.01%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.98%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 14.99%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Utah
92.94% of Utah residents were born in the United States, with 62.57% having been born in Utah. 4.91% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.