St. George MSA vs. Utah
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Population Growth and Change, 1969-2020
Introduction
St. George MSA vs. Utah
St. George MSA:
2020 Population = 184,913
2020 Percent of State = 0.1%
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 the St. George MSA with comparisons to Utah and the nation at large. This analysis features alternative approaches toward discussing, diagnosing and comparing the St. George MSA 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.
Population, 1969-2020
Population, 1969-2020
Figure 1.
Figure 1 traces the St. George MSA's annual population for the period 1969-2020 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 52-year period, the St. George MSA's population rose from 13,000 in 1969 to 184,913 in 2020, for a net gain of 171,913, or 1,322.4%.
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.
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.
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2020
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2020
Figure 3.
Figure 3 portrays the St. George MSA'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.
The St. George MSA's overall population growth was 1,322.4% over 1969-2020 outpaced Utah's increase of 210.4%, and topped the United States' increase of 63.7%.
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 the St. George MSA is to compare 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, the St. George MSA's population comprised 1.2% of Utah's population, while in 2020 it totaled 5.7% thereby yielding a +4.4% share-shift.
   
 
Population Share-Shift
2020 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2020
vs.
1969
+4.45%
=
5.69%
-
1.24%
 
   
St. George MSA Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2020
St. George MSA Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2020
Figure 5.
Figure 5 displays the short-run pattern of the St. George MSA'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 illustrated 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, the St. George MSA's population grew at an annual rate of 5.37% over 1970-2020. The St. George MSA recorded its highest growth in 1986 (10.46%) and posted its lowest growth in 2010 (0.95%). In 2020, the St. George MSA's population grew by 3.92%
St. George MSA Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2020
St. George MSA Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2020
Figure 6.
Over the past five decades some msas have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 6 again illustrates the annual percent change in the St. George MSA's population since 1970, but this time they are displayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020.
During the 1970s, the St. George MSA's annual population growth rate averaged 6.36%. It averaged 6.91% throughout the 1980s, 6.55% in the 1990s, 4.54% during the 2000s, 2.65% in the 2010s, and 3.92% thus far this decade (2020).
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 the St. George MSA noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for Utah and the nation. As the chart reveals, the St. George MSA's average annual population growth surpassed Utah's average in the 1970s (6.36% vs. 3.07%), recorded above Utah's average throughout the 1980s (6.91% vs. 1.88%), outpaced Utah's average in the 1990s (6.55% vs. 2.59%), outpaced Utah's average in the 2000s (4.54% vs. 2.14%), and led Utah's average over the 10 year period of the last decade, 2010-2019 (2.65% vs. 1.64%). Thus far in 2020, the St. George MSA's growth has topped Utah's average (3.92% vs. 1.45%).
Finally, relative to nationwide population growth trends, the St. George MSA led the nation throughout the 1970s (6.36% vs. 1.10%), topped the nation over the 1980s (6.91% vs. 0.95%), recorded above the nation over the 1990s (6.55% vs. 1.23%), recorded above the nation over the 2000s (4.54% vs. 0.95%), and surpassed the nation over 2010-2020 (2.65% vs. 0.68%). Thus far in 2020, growth for the St. George MSA has outpaced the national average (3.92% vs. 0.35%).
   
 
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
5.37
6.36
6.91
6.55
4.54
2.65
3.92
 
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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St. George MSA:
Population, 1969-2020
 
1969
 
13,000
100.0
N
0.01
1970
 
13,907
107.0
6.98
0.01
1971
 
15,037
115.7
8.13
0.01
1972
 
15,526
119.4
3.25
0.01
1973
 
16,379
126.0
5.49
0.01
1974
 
18,092
139.2
10.46
0.01
1975
 
18,504
142.3
2.28
0.01
1976
 
19,846
152.7
7.25
0.01
1977
 
20,877
160.6
5.20
0.01
1978
 
22,335
171.8
6.98
0.01
1979
 
24,019
184.8
7.54
0.01
1980
 
26,478
203.7
10.24
0.01
1981
 
28,070
215.9
6.01
0.01
1982
 
29,472
226.7
4.99
0.02
1983
 
30,963
238.2
5.06
0.02
1984
 
32,816
252.4
5.98
0.02
1985
 
35,761
275.1
8.97
0.02
1986
 
39,503
303.9
10.46
0.02
1987
 
42,781
329.1
8.30
0.02
1988
 
44,627
343.3
4.31
0.02
1989
 
46,744
359.6
4.74
0.02
1990
 
49,183
378.3
5.22
0.02
1991
 
52,811
406.2
7.38
0.02
1992
 
56,349
433.5
6.70
0.03
1993
 
60,656
466.6
7.64
0.03
1994
 
66,493
511.5
9.62
0.03
1995
 
72,261
555.9
8.67
0.03
1996
 
77,647
597.3
7.45
0.03
1997
 
81,520
627.1
4.99
0.04
1998
 
84,837
652.6
4.07
0.04
1999
 
88,049
677.3
3.79
0.04
2000
 
91,206
701.6
3.59
0.04
2001
 
94,512
727.0
3.62
0.04
2002
 
99,274
763.6
5.04
0.04
2003
 
104,188
801.4
4.95
0.04
2004
 
110,207
847.7
5.78
0.04
2005
 
119,000
915.4
7.98
0.05
2006
 
126,796
975.4
6.55
0.05
2007
 
132,277
1,017.5
4.32
0.05
2008
 
135,552
1,042.7
2.48
0.05
2009
 
137,088
1,054.5
1.13
0.05
2010
 
138,397
1,064.6
0.95
0.05
2011
 
141,288
1,086.8
2.09
0.05
2012
 
144,216
1,109.4
2.07
0.05
2013
 
147,099
1,131.5
2.00
0.05
2014
 
151,231
1,163.3
2.81
0.06
2015
 
154,839
1,191.1
2.39
0.06
2016
 
159,537
1,227.2
3.03
0.06
2017
 
166,195
1,278.4
4.17
0.06
2018
 
172,051
1,323.5
3.52
0.06
2019
 
177,938
1,368.8
3.42
0.06
2020
 
184,913
1,422.4
3.92
0.07
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
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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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