Utah Population Estimates Committee

The Utah Population Estimates Committee prepares the official state and county population estimates for the State of Utah. Under special circumstances, it also prepares selected subcounty estimates for the state.

Background

The Utah Population Estimates Committee prepares population estimates to improve state planning. The Committee has a long history within the state; it was originally referred to as the Utah Population Work Committee and housed within what was then called the Utah Department of Employment Security. For over a decade the Committee has been housed within and staffed by the Governor's Office of Management and Budget. While the Committee has prepared estimates for many years, it was formally established by executive order in September 1997.

Mission

The Utah Population Estimates Committee prepares the official population estimates for the State of Utah and provides feedback to the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget on population issues. Specifically, the committee:

Prepares and publishes annual mid-year population estimates for the state, multi-county districts, and counties.

Prepares municipal population estimates for funds-distribution if: (1) the Bureau of the Census discontinues production of postcensal estimates at the subcounty level; (2) a new municipality is incorporated; or (3) a municipality incorporates an area which includes significant additional population and requests revised estimates.

Advises the Governor's Office of Management and Budget on Bureau of the Census estimates and programs, and assists with the State Data and Business and Industry Data Center Programs, the Federal-State Cooperative for Population Estimates, and the national decennial census; and documents and reports methodologies and activities used in estimating.