IN FOCUS Discussion: Growth in Utah

In Focus

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau from 2020 indicate Utah had the highest growth rate in the nation over the past ten years at 17.6 percent or approximately 509,000 people. Experts said net migration is now the state’s main source of population growth, overtaking natural growth. According to Forbes, the growth is thanks to a combination of strong employment growth, a vibrant tech industry, and collaboration between business, labor, and government.

As a result, Utah’s experienced an increase in traffic, an extremely competitive housing market, and a supply shortage. The dilemma prompted a surge of developments and construction of new units and houses in the state, making the cost of living go up and creating concerns about how we can keep the state beautiful, prosperous, affordable, healthy, and neighborly all at the same time.

Sen. Jake Anderegg of Lehi and Envision Utah CEO Ari Bruening joined ABC4’s Rosie Nguyen on the CW30 News at 7 p.m. for an IN FOCUS discussion about growth in the state, quality of life, H.B. 433, infrastructure, permits/zoning, low-income housing, the inland port, and more.

To watch the full IN FOCUS discussion with Sen. Anderegg and Bruening, click on the video at the top of the article.

Catch IN FOCUS discussions with ABC4’s Rosie Nguyen weeknights on the CW30 News at 7 p.m.

Rosie Nguyen is an award-winning journalist who joined the ABC4 News team as a reporter in January 2018. In September 2020, she embarked on a new journey as the anchor for the CW30 News at 7 p.m. Although she’s not out in the field anymore, she is continuing her passion for social justice and community issues through the nightly “In Focus” discussions.

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