Thursday, March 3, 2011

Recent 2010 Census data release details Utah's minority population

Which Utah county shows the largest minority population? The 2010 Census has an answer and that answer may, or may not surprise you. It's actually San Juan County with its large Native American population. Roughly 56 percent of San Juan County's population can be considered an ethnic or racial minority. (Except once a group accounts for more than half the population, can it truly be considered a minority?) Nationally, roughly 35 percent of the population belongs to a racial or ethnic minority. Statewide, minorities make up almost 20 percent of the population in 2010. Along with San Juan County, both Salt Lake and Weber counties show a higher percentage of minority population than the state average. Counties with a very low share of minority population tend to be small, rural and outside the Wasatch Front.

Salt Lake County shows the largest share of Hispanic population (17 percent) in the state--notably higher than the statewide Hispanic population share of 13 percent. Almost half of Utah's counties have Hispanic populations which make up more than 10 percent of total population. Again, small, rural counties tend to have the lowest shares of Latino populations. On the other hand, several less-populous counties have relatively large Hispanic populations--notably Millard, Carbon, Summit, Tooele, and Beaver counties.

For more information from the 2010 Census, click here.

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