Thursday, May 23, 2013

Census Bureau Releases 2012 City and Town Population Estimates

The U.S. Census Bureau has just released 2012 subcounty population estimates for areas across the country. While Texas could claim many of the fastest growing large cities (those with population of 50,000 or more), Utah’s own South Jordan ranked as the second-fastest growing city in the United States. According to Census estimates, between 2011 and 2012, this Utah city grew by 4.9 percent.

Of all Utah’s incorporated cities and towns, South Jordan also added the largest number of new residents in 2012—almost 2,600. Saratoga Springs, West Jordan, Lehi, Midvale and St. George were also among the cities with notable population additions. On the other hand, estimates show a number of cities with declining populations—notably Ephraim, Cedar City, Gunnison, Richfield, Logan and Price.

For the most part, smaller cities and towns topped the Utah list of those with the largest percent gains. Tiny Vineyard, with a 2012 population of only 180, floated to the top of the rankings with a 31-percent annual increase. With the second largest numeric increase in population, Saratoga Springs also managed the second-highest ranking for percent growth. Farmington, Vernal and Elk Ridge also found themselves at the top of the fastest growing tabulation.

Use the interactive visualization below to see individual population estimates by city and county or click here to access the Census Bureau news release.