Introduction
Salt Lake County vs. Utah
Salt Lake County:
2020 Population = 1,165,517
2020 Percent of State = 35.9%
Utah:
2020 Population = 3,249,879
2020 Percent of U.S. = 1.0%
Attracting and retaining people to live, work, raise a family, and retire underlies the economic vitality of any region. Population growth is both a cause--and a consequence--of economic growth. Patterns of population growth and change reflect differences among regions to attract and retain people both as producers and consumers in their economy.
The following graphs offer a broad overview of trends in the pattern of population growth and change of Salt Lake County with comparisons to Utah and the nation at large. This analysis features alternative approaches toward discussing, diagnosing and comparing Salt Lake County vs. Utah's population growth over 1969-2020. The data used are those compiled by the Regional Income and Product Divisions of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.
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Population, 1969-2020
Population, 1969-2020
Figure 1.
Figure 1 traces Salt Lake County's annual population for the period 1969-2020 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 52-year period, Salt Lake County's population rose from 455,000 in 1969 to 1,165,517 in 2020, for a net gain of 710,517, or 156.2%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
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Population, 1969-2020
Population, 1969-2020
Figure 2.
Figure 2 tracks Utah's annual population for the period 1969-2020 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 52-year period, Utah's population rose from 1,047,000 in 1969 to 3,249,879 in 2020, for a net gain of 2,202,879, or 210.4%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
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Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2020
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2020
Figure 3.
Figure 3 portrays Salt Lake County's population growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with Utah, the United States. The growth indices shown here express each region's population in 1969 as a base figure of 100, and the populations in later years as a percentage of the 1969 base figure. This method allows for more direct comparison of differences in population growth between regions that may differ vastly in size.
Salt Lake County's overall population growth was 156.2% over 1969-2020 trailed Utah's increase of 210.4%, and topped the United States' increase of 63.7%.
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Population as a Percent of the Utah Total: 1969-2020
Population as a Percent of the Utah Total: 1969-2020
Figure 4.
Another interesting and insightful way of contrasting the population growth of Salt Lake County is to trace its individual percentage contributions to Utah's statewide population over time, as shown in Figure 4. A rising share means a region's population grew faster, or declined less, than Utah's population, while a declining share shows it grew more slowly.
In 1969, Salt Lake County's population comprised 43.5% of Utah's population, while in 2020 it equated to 35.9% thereby yielding a -7.6% share-shift.
   
 
Population Share-Shift
2020 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2020
vs.
1969
-7.59%
=
35.86%
-
43.46%
 
   
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Salt Lake County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2020
Salt Lake County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2020
Figure 5.
Figure 5 highlights the short-run pattern of Salt Lake County's population growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1970-2020. The average annual percent change for the entire 51-year period is also traced on this chart to provide a benchmark for gauging periods of relative high--and relative low--growth against the backdrop of the long-term average.
On average, Salt Lake County's population grew at an annual rate of 1.87% over 1970-2020. The county posted its highest growth in 1980 (3.97%) and recorded its lowest growth in 2020 (0.60%). In 2020, Salt Lake County's population grew by 0.60%
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Salt Lake County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2020
Salt Lake County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2020
Figure 6.
Over the past five decades some counties have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 6 again depicts the annual percent change in Salt Lake County's population since 1970, but this time they are overlayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2020.
During the 1970s, Salt Lake County's annual population growth rate averaged 2.81%. It averaged 1.83% in the 1980s, 2.17% during the 1990s, 1.33% in the 2000s, 1.31% during the 2010s, and 0.60% in 2020.
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Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Figure 7.
Figure 7 compares the decade average growth rates for Salt Lake County noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for Utah and the nation. As the chart reveals, Salt Lake County's average annual population growth trailed Utah's average in the 1970s (2.81% vs. 3.07%), fell below Utah's average throughout the 1980s (1.83% vs. 1.88%), fell below Utah's average in the 1990s (2.17% vs. 2.59%), lagged Utah's average throughout the 2000s (1.33% vs. 2.14%), and trailed Utah's average over the 10 year period of the last decade, 2010-2019 (1.31% vs. 1.64%). In 2020, Salt Lake County's growth has recorded under Utah's average (0.60% vs. 1.45%).
Finally, relative to nationwide population growth trends, Salt Lake County recorded above the nation over the 1970s (2.81% vs. 1.10%), led the nation during the 1980s (1.83% vs. 0.95%), topped the nation during the 1990s (2.17% vs. 1.23%), outpaced the nation over the 2000s (1.33% vs. 0.95%), and recorded above the nation over 2010-2019 (1.31% vs. 0.68%). In 2020, growth for Salt Lake County has exceeded the national average (0.60% vs. 0.35%).
   
 
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
1.87
2.81
1.83
2.17
1.33
1.31
0.60
 
2.25
3.07
1.88
2.59
2.14
1.64
1.45
 
0.97
1.10
0.95
1.23
0.95
0.68
0.35
 
   
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Salt Lake County:
Population, 1969-2020
 
1969
 
455,000
100.0
N
43.46
1970
 
461,296
101.4
1.38
43.29
1971
 
476,682
104.8
3.34
43.31
1972
 
487,825
107.2
2.34
43.00
1973
 
501,617
110.2
2.83
42.92
1974
 
513,784
112.9
2.43
42.86
1975
 
528,003
116.0
2.77
42.79
1976
 
546,104
120.0
3.43
42.92
1977
 
562,499
123.6
3.00
42.73
1978
 
580,990
127.7
3.29
42.59
1979
 
600,157
131.9
3.30
42.38
1980
 
624,007
137.1
3.97
42.37
1981
 
642,270
141.2
2.93
42.38
1982
 
657,401
144.5
2.36
42.19
1983
 
672,962
147.9
2.37
42.19
1984
 
685,570
150.7
1.87
42.26
1985
 
693,445
152.4
1.15
42.21
1986
 
702,636
154.4
1.33
42.26
1987
 
708,855
155.8
0.89
42.24
1988
 
714,436
157.0
0.79
42.29
1989
 
719,048
158.0
0.65
42.15
1990
 
729,893
160.4
1.51
42.16
1991
 
751,023
165.1
2.89
42.20
1992
 
774,408
170.2
3.11
42.16
1993
 
798,049
175.4
3.05
42.04
1994
 
819,039
180.0
2.63
41.78
1995
 
836,008
183.7
2.07
41.51
1996
 
853,076
187.5
2.04
41.25
1997
 
871,580
191.6
2.17
41.12
1998
 
881,840
193.8
1.18
40.71
1999
 
891,116
195.8
1.05
40.44
2000
 
901,018
198.0
1.11
40.14
2001
 
910,750
200.2
1.08
39.88
2002
 
918,152
201.8
0.81
39.49
2003
 
924,802
203.3
0.72
39.18
2004
 
934,140
205.3
1.01
38.90
2005
 
947,963
208.3
1.48
38.57
2006
 
966,798
212.5
1.99
38.28
2007
 
983,719
216.2
1.75
37.87
2008
 
999,553
219.7
1.61
37.53
2009
 
1,016,795
223.5
1.72
37.34
2010
 
1,032,997
227.0
1.59
37.22
2011
 
1,047,702
230.3
1.42
37.22
2012
 
1,064,140
233.9
1.57
37.28
2013
 
1,079,661
237.3
1.46
37.25
2014
 
1,090,340
239.6
0.99
37.11
2015
 
1,102,690
242.3
1.13
36.96
2016
 
1,120,751
246.3
1.64
36.82
2017
 
1,137,273
250.0
1.47
36.64
2018
 
1,148,949
252.5
1.03
36.42
2019
 
1,158,585
254.6
0.84
36.17
2020
 
1,165,517
256.2
0.60
35.86
Source: Calculations by the Utah Regional Economic Analysis Project (UT-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2021
REAP_PI_CA1400_100_PSN
 
   
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Utah:
Population, 1969-2020
 
1969
 
1,047,000
100.0
N
0.52
1970
 
1,065,672
101.8
1.78
0.52
1971
 
1,100,733
105.1
3.29
0.53
1972
 
1,134,601
108.4
3.08
0.54
1973
 
1,168,784
111.6
3.01
0.55
1974
 
1,198,793
114.5
2.57
0.56
1975
 
1,233,935
117.9
2.93
0.57
1976
 
1,272,365
121.5
3.11
0.58
1977
 
1,316,421
125.7
3.46
0.60
1978
 
1,364,235
130.3
3.63
0.61
1979
 
1,416,094
135.3
3.80
0.63
1980
 
1,472,595
140.6
3.99
0.65
1981
 
1,515,472
144.7
2.91
0.66
1982
 
1,558,314
148.8
2.83
0.67
1983
 
1,594,943
152.3
2.35
0.68
1984
 
1,622,342
155.0
1.72
0.69
1985
 
1,642,910
156.9
1.27
0.69
1986
 
1,662,833
158.8
1.21
0.69
1987
 
1,678,120
160.3
0.92
0.69
1988
 
1,689,372
161.4
0.67
0.69
1989
 
1,705,865
162.9
0.98
0.69
1990
 
1,731,223
165.4
1.49
0.69
1991
 
1,779,780
170.0
2.80
0.70
1992
 
1,836,799
175.4
3.20
0.72
1993
 
1,898,404
181.3
3.35
0.73
1994
 
1,960,446
187.2
3.27
0.75
1995
 
2,014,177
192.4
2.74
0.76
1996
 
2,067,976
197.5
2.67
0.77
1997
 
2,119,784
202.5
2.51
0.78
1998
 
2,165,960
206.9
2.18
0.79
1999
 
2,203,482
210.5
1.73
0.79
2000
 
2,244,502
214.4
1.86
0.80
2001
 
2,283,715
218.1
1.75
0.80
2002
 
2,324,815
222.0
1.80
0.81
2003
 
2,360,137
225.4
1.52
0.81
2004
 
2,401,580
229.4
1.76
0.82
2005
 
2,457,719
234.7
2.34
0.83
2006
 
2,525,507
241.2
2.76
0.85
2007
 
2,597,746
248.1
2.86
0.86
2008
 
2,663,029
254.3
2.51
0.88
2009
 
2,723,421
260.1
2.27
0.89
2010
 
2,775,413
265.1
1.91
0.90
2011
 
2,814,797
268.8
1.42
0.90
2012
 
2,854,146
272.6
1.40
0.91
2013
 
2,898,773
276.9
1.56
0.92
2014
 
2,938,327
280.6
1.36
0.92
2015
 
2,983,626
285.0
1.54
0.93
2016
 
3,044,241
290.8
2.03
0.94
2017
 
3,103,540
296.4
1.95
0.95
2018
 
3,155,153
301.4
1.66
0.97
2019
 
3,203,383
306.0
1.53
0.98
2020
 
3,249,879
310.4
1.45
0.99
Source: Calculations by the Utah Regional Economic Analysis Project (UT-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2021
REAP_PI_CA1400_100_PSN
 
   
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United States:
Population, 1969-2020
 
1969
 
201,298,000
100.0
N
1970
 
203,798,722
101.2
1.24
1971
 
206,817,509
102.7
1.48
1972
 
209,274,882
104.0
1.19
1973
 
211,349,205
105.0
0.99
1974
 
213,333,635
106.0
0.94
1975
 
215,456,585
107.0
1.00
1976
 
217,553,859
108.1
0.97
1977
 
219,760,875
109.2
1.01
1978
 
222,098,244
110.3
1.06
1979
 
224,568,579
111.6
1.11
1980
 
227,224,719
112.9
1.18
1981
 
229,465,744
114.0
0.99
1982
 
231,664,432
115.1
0.96
1983
 
233,792,014
116.1
0.92
1984
 
235,824,907
117.2
0.87
1985
 
237,923,734
118.2
0.89
1986
 
240,132,831
119.3
0.93
1987
 
242,288,936
120.4
0.90
1988
 
244,499,004
121.5
0.91
1989
 
246,819,222
122.6
0.95
1990
 
249,622,814
124.0
1.14
1991
 
252,980,941
125.7
1.35
1992
 
256,514,224
127.4
1.40
1993
 
259,918,588
129.1
1.33
1994
 
263,125,821
130.7
1.23
1995
 
266,278,393
132.3
1.20
1996
 
269,394,284
133.8
1.17
1997
 
272,646,925
135.4
1.21
1998
 
275,854,104
137.0
1.18
1999
 
279,040,168
138.6
1.15
2000
 
282,162,411
140.2
1.12
2001
 
284,968,955
141.6
0.99
2002
 
287,625,193
142.9
0.93
2003
 
290,107,933
144.1
0.86
2004
 
292,805,298
145.5
0.93
2005
 
295,516,599
146.8
0.93
2006
 
298,379,912
148.2
0.97
2007
 
301,231,207
149.6
0.96
2008
 
304,093,966
151.1
0.95
2009
 
306,771,529
152.4
0.88
2010
 
309,327,143
153.7
0.83
2011
 
311,583,481
154.8
0.73
2012
 
313,877,662
155.9
0.74
2013
 
316,059,947
157.0
0.70
2014
 
318,386,329
158.2
0.74
2015
 
320,738,994
159.3
0.74
2016
 
323,071,755
160.5
0.73
2017
 
325,122,128
161.5
0.63
2018
 
326,838,199
162.4
0.53
2019
 
328,329,953
163.1
0.46
2020
 
329,484,123
163.7
0.35
Source: Calculations by the Utah Regional Economic Analysis Project (UT-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2021
REAP_PI_CA1400_100_PN
 
   
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