Utah reaches 3 million residents

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The State of Utah has now reached three million residents.

Governor Gary R. Herbert and his wife, Jeanette Herbert, made the landmark announcement Monday following their visit to the maternity ward of Utah’s newest hospital, Mountain West Medical Center in Lehi.

“It’s no secret that Utah is the best place to live, work and raise a family,” Gov. Herbert said. “Not only are people migrating from other states to pursue opportunities here, but young Utahns are choosing to stay here to work and raise their families.”

The Beehive State has the highest fertility rate in the nation and a baby is born in Utah every 10 minutes, according to the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Approximately two-thirds of Utah’s population growth since the two-million milestone can be attributed to natural increase.

Utah is the youngest state in the nation with a median age of 30.5 years compared to the national average of 37.7. The state’s pro-business climate and high quality of life have attracted a net 37,000 people to relocate to Utah since 2010.

The population of Utah is expected to double by the year 2050 and the state is proactively working on a plan, with Utahns’ input, to manage that growth.

More than 50,000 Utahns participated in the “Your Future, Your Utah” survey earlier this year to voice their opinions and recommendations about the state’s projected growth. This public survey received more responses than any other similar project ever undertaken. The results provide key insights on 11 specific issues, which policymakers are now using to come up with solutions that meet Utahns’ standards. The detailed results can be found below.

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