Thursday, March 26, 2015

County population estimates for 2014 just released

The U.S. Census Bureau has just released its 2014 population estimates for counties and metro areas. Utah’s own St. George UT metro area placed fifth nationwide with a population growth rate of 2.9 percent. The following visualization provides downloadable population estimates as well as the components of population change for Utah’s counties.

• Washington County experienced the most rapid population expansion in southwest Utah.

• Beaver (0.0 percent) and Kane (0.2 percent) counties experienced little or no growth, while Garfield County’s population decreased by 0.8 percent.

• Iron County’s population increased by a moderate 1.2 percent.

• Beaver County has lost almost 170 residents since the decade began. Net out-migration is at the heart of the overall decline.

• In comparison to 2010, Garfield County’s population is down nearly 150 individuals. The county’s population has contracted for four years straight. This decline can be traced to more residents moving out of the county than moving into the county.

• In 2014, Iron County experienced the strongest surge of population growth of the 2010 to 2014 time frame. Since the beginning of the decade, the county has added more than 560 residents –primarily due to experiencing more births than deaths. Overall, the county has seen net out-migration between 2010 and 2014.

• Kane County has experienced minimal population expansion over the past four years with some minor net out-migration occurring in 2014.

• Washington County showed the strongest population growth in southwest Utah. During 2014, population expansion kicked up almost a full percentage point while the county added more than 4,200 new residents. The county also exhibited the highest level of 2014 net in-migration in Utah. In addition, between 2010 and 2014, only Salt Lake County showed more net in-migrants. In terms of population, Washington County is the fifth largest county in Utah.