Utahns can decide how the future of the Beehive State will look

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FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, lawmakers conduct business on the floor of the Utah House of Representatives in Salt Lake City. The Utah Legislature is wrapping up its work for the year, capping off a session that saw major changes to the state’s polygamy statute, a revision of a voter-approved redistricting law and a compromise on education funding. The 45-day meeting is ending in the shadow of the new coronavirus, which caused widespread cancellations but didn’t cause major disruptions in legislative business. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Most recently, Utah has been crowned the fastest-growing state in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Starting this September, the Legislative Redistricting Committee will begin a statewide tour to gather citizen feedback on how districts should be redrawn.

Redrawing districts have great potential to affect local life in areas such as political parties, school districts, funding, and more.

With a new influx of people moving into the state, the latest census data reports that folks moving away from Salt Lake City and into neighboring towns.

Census surveys are sent out once every ten years and since the last survey in 2010, Utah grew by 18.4%, according to census data.

The counties that grew the most are Washington County with a 30.5% increase and Utah County with a 27.6% increase in the past ten years, according to census data.

As a result, these counties will gain representation affecting congressional seats, state Senate seats, state House seats, and state School Board seats.

Both Salt Lake County and Weber County cited a decrease with 1.03% and 0.035%, respectively, according to census data.

The Census Bureau says population data allows the government to evenly allocate funding to schools, hospitals, roads, and public works.

“Now that we finally have the data, we can analyze how our state’s population has grown and shifted over the last decade,” said Sen. Scott Sandall, co-chair of the Legislative Redistricting Committee. “Redistricting is essential for accurate representation. As individuals elected by the people, we want to ensure fair representation for the next 10 years. Our next step in the process is to communicate and receive feedback from Utahns on how to best draw boundaries that serve all areas of the state while meeting population criteria.”

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