This article is part of a weekly series of stories highlighting interesting facts about cities in Utah County.
Utah is the state we all call home, and it has its charms and uniquenesses. Here are 10 facts you may not know about the Beehive State.
— Stacy Johnson, Daily Herald
Utah is home to more than 3 million people.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 population estimates, Utah is home to 3,101,833 people. That means that Utahns make up about 1 percent of the population of the United States.
There are 18 states with a lower population than Utah — Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming. Wyoming is the state with the lowest population is Wyoming with 579,315 people.
Utah is the third-fastest growing state in the U.S.
Utah has grown 12.2 percent since 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, making it the third-fastest growing state in the U.S. Texas’ growth rate since 2010 is 12.6 percent and North Dakota is 12.3 percent.
Utah has a young population.
In Utah, 29.9 percent of Utah’s population is under the age of 18 — the largest proportion of children in the population of any state in the U.S. Nationwide, the average is 22.6 percent.
The percentage of population of residents under the age of 5 is also the highest in the nation. In Utah, 8.2 percent of the population is less than 5 years old. The national average is 6.1 percent.
Utah has the 13th-highest median household income in the U.S.
The median household income in Utah is $62,518. Only 12 U.S. states have higher median household incomes — California, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Virginia and Washington.
In Utah, 10.2 percent of the state lives under the poverty level.
Utah has the 16th highest home values of U.S. states.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Utah’s median home value is $224,600. Fifteen states have higher average home values — Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington.
The state with the highest home values is Hawaii at $538,400.
Utah has the 11th quickest commutes of any state.
On average, workers in Utah over the age of 16 drive 21.6 minutes to work — tied with Arkansas for the 11th quickest commute times in the nation. Only workers in Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming have shorter travel times to work.
Utah is home to five National Parks.
Most people in Utah have probably been to at least one of the state’s national parks, but have you been to all five? Utah is home to Zion National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Arches National Park, but its not the most national parks located in one state. It’s third-most in any state. California is home to nine national parks and Alaska has eight.
Utah is home to more than 77,000 businesses.
Over the years, Utah has become home to some big businesses, so it may not surprise you just how many businesses are located in the state. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state is home to 77,504 employer establishments, hiring 1,239,348 people.
Utah is the 10th-lowest state for population density in the U.S.
Utah’s population per square mile is 33.6 people. Only nine states have lower population densities than Utah — Alaska, Idaho, New Mexico, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming.
The state with the highest population density is New Jersey at 1,195.5 people per square mile.
Utah is one of only 10 states with fewer females than males.
In Utah, 49.7 percent of residents are female. It is one of only 10 states nationwide with fewer females than males. The other nine are Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.