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Utah's population up nearly 60,000 in one year

Utah’s population is up nearly 60,000 people from last year. That’s the highest increase since 2006.

The increase was recorded between July 1st of 2016 and July 1st of 2017. New research from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute says those numbers aren’t coming from babies being born but instead more from people moving into the state. Counties adjacent to Utah, Salt Lake, and Washington Counties saw an estimated growth of three percent.

In 2016, the St. George Metro area (Washington County) was recognized by the Census Bureau last year as the 6th fastest growing metro area in the country, with the Provo-Orem Metro area (Utah and Juab Counties combined) trailing at 7th in the nation. Estimates indicate similar growth in 2017.

Take a look at the report here.

Officials say this net in-migration is evidence of the economic strength of the state. 

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