Friday, February 25, 2011

You've been counted--2010 County population counts now available.

The Census Bureau has just released the official county-level 2010 Census population counts for Utah. (Click here for the Press Release.) In other words, we can abandon 10 years of population estimates for a little bit of population certainty.

No surprise here. . .Utah's largest counties (population) are still Utah's largest counties. However, there has been a little jostling among the ranks between 2000 and 2010. Both Washington and Tooele counties moved up a step in the total population rankings while Cache and Box Elder both slipped down a notch. That makes Washington County the fifth largest county in the state and Tooele the seventh largest.

Not surprisingly, between 2000 and 2010, both Washington and Tooele counties also ranked among the five fastest growing counties in Utah. Wasatch County took top the top growth spot with Utah and Iron counties rounding out the fastest-growing group. Both Wasatch and Washington counties saw their populations increase by more than half between the two decades.

On the other end of the spectrum, Carbon, San Juan, Emery, and Millard counties experienced population of 5 percent or less during the last decade

Also, just a note for my neighbors in Washington County. According to the new Census counts, in Utah we've been significantly over-estimating the county's population counts for the last several years.

The Census Bureau has also released new racial/ethnic breakdowns. . .We'll post some charts for you next week.

(Click on charts for a larger version.)

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