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Utah’s Growth Kept It The Youngest State In U.S.

Utah is the nation’s fastest growing state and, thanks to that, remained its youngest over the last decade even as the rest of the country got older, according to new data released by the Census Bureau on Thursday. The state grew at a rate more than double that of the rest of the country. The under-18 population grew by nearly 9% even with declining birth rates nationally. Utah also grew more diverse and retained a significant share of young people. 


Utah isn’t quite as young as it used to be, but it has the country’s highest percentage of young people at 29%. 


Utah’s growth over the last decade has helped power the state’s largest economic expansion, increased tourism and expanded the middle class. Those impressive stats come with side effects, though, such as skyrocketing housing prices.

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!