SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Nearly six million people are expected to call Utah home by the year 2065, according to projections by the University of Utah, with the majority of them living in Salt Lake and Utah Counties.
The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah announced the highly vetted research during a roundtable discussion in Salt Lake City Monday.
Researchers believe the population is expected to grow by 126 percent, which will change the face of the state.
“It will be a much more urban place. It will be a much more crowded place; many more people. Many people would have moved here all over the world so it will remain a global city and connected globally,” Dr. Pamela Perlich said.
– In 2065, Utah County is projected to be home to 1.6 million people, nearly as large as Salt Lake County at 1.7 million people.
– Four “ring” counties (Wasatch, Juab, Morgan and Tooele) have among the most rapidly growing populations in the state. Collectively they are projected to add 42,017 people.
– Washington County is projected to have the highest rate of population growth (229 percent) increase to over half a million (509,000), overtaking Weber to be the fourth largest county.
The projected acceleration will likely increase demand and prices in the housing market over the next several years, said Perlich.
The fastest growing industries are projected to be construction, professional and scientific services, healthcare, education and arts, entertainment and recreation.