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Old December 1st, 2015, 11:50 AM   #1
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Why does Utah's population grow slowly?

It may be growing fast as a percentage of its overall population, yet with so many news reports touting it as one of the best states to live in for a family, for health, for wealth, why is it that it does not grow faster? I would infer the climate holds it back since it does get pretty cold. If anyone has another theory or anything to explain this, thanks.
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Just because a state ranks good in news reports for family, health, and wealth doesn't necessarily mean its a great place to move to. While I'm sure Utah has a healthy economy, the overall growth in the job market probably isn't strong enough to lead to an even bigger increase in overall population.

Utah being ground zero for the Mormon Church probably deters some individuals and businesses from moving there as well. Not that I have anything against Mormons. I live in Honolulu where there is large Mormon population and most I've met are family oriented people, that live healthy lifestyles, are very well educated, and generally are upper middle class. Those characteristics when applied to a state where more than half the people identify as Mormon are probably the reason why the state does well in many "Best states to live in" reports
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I have nothing against mormons (some family members, some friends) but moving to an area dominated by someone else's religion would be a tall order. Actually moving anywhere dominated by religion in general would be a tall order for me personally, but the same would apply to 98% of the country in this case.

It seems like a prosperous city that works, in a suburbanish kind of way. And it's the closest larger city in the US to its mountains. That would ordinarily attract a lot of people.
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Old December 8th, 2015, 07:19 AM   #5
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Maybe SLC is just not really that big in the grand scheme of things?

I don't see why the mormon thing would have a huge effect, honestly.
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It's probably for the reasons listed: an economy that is doing well but not exploding; the stigma associated with Mormonism; a cold winter climate; and isolation from water. I would add isolation via air travel as well: Denver is an airline hub.

However, southwest Utah is growing very well. St. George is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the nation. They have good warm weather most of the year, and are pretty close to several major national parks.
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Since the Recession in 2008 Utah and Colorado have grown at about the same rate of 8%. The difference between the two being that 3/4 of the new people added to Utah's population were by birth whereas the majority of Colorado's came by people moving into the state.
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This thread makes no sense. Why does it grow slowly is the headline. First line of thread talks about how quickly its growing.

Anyway, to answer your question. It doesn't grow slowly.
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Old September 17th, 2016, 08:44 AM   #10
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Utah grew at 7.4% from 2010-2015, while Colorado grew at 7.5%. Colorado was listed as the 2nd fastest growing state during this time period, while Utah was listed as the 7th fastest growing state, despite only .1% difference.

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Old September 13th, 2019, 12:21 PM   #11
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I heard that Utah is top state for population growth.

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Old October 23rd, 2019, 05:44 AM   #12
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True, Utah is one of the top destinations that people are moving to. Roughly 60,000 new residents are added to Utah population each year.
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