Research Weekly - Where Does Utah's Population Growth Come From?
Population growth can tell an interesting story about a state. In particular, it can talk to the economic suitability of a state for a business considering relocation. Utah has the highest fertility rate in the nation with families having an average of 2.3 children compared to the national average of 1.8 children. This natural growth is the driving factor in Utah being the fourth fastest growing state from 2010 to 2015 at eight percent—double the rate of the national average.
Because of this, net in-migration typically is the lesser component of population growth in Utah, though in 2015, 30.6% of Utah’s population growth was a result of net in-migration. Only three times in Utah’s history has net in-migration exceeded natural increase, those years being 1992, 1994, and 2005.
Economic development relies on healthy population growth. Utah is producing educated, hardworking labor through its natural population increase which continually benefits the state. In addition, Utah is attracting the brightest to join the state’s labor force from around the globe, bringing new perspectives and experience and amounting to an ideal workforce for any business.