Utah County leaders tackle growth at Valley Visioning event 01

Justin Withers, center left, of Dominion Energy, Rod Martin, center right, owner of World Class Auto Repair, and others discuss hypothetical plans for the development of Utah County during the Valley Visioning event Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at Utah Valley University in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

Census Bureeau estimates released Thursday show that the Provo-Orem metropolitan area is one of the fastest growing areas in the country, ranking 10th in the nation for percentage of growth in a metro area from 2017 to 2018.

According to the new county- and metro-level population estimates for 2018, the Provo-Orem metro area had a population of 617,751 on July 1, 2017. By July 1, 2018, that number had grown by more than 16,000 to 633,768 — a 2.6% increase.

St. George, Utah, ranked third on the same list with 3.5% growth in the same time period. Midland, Texas, took the number one spot with 4.3% growth.

Counties with the largest numeric growth were all located in the south and west, according to a press release from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Fifty-five percent of counties in the U.S. gained population between 2017 and 2018, the release said.

The 2018 estimates for Utah County put the county as a whole at 622,213, compared to the 2017 estimates of 576,496.

Utah Population Growth by County - 2017-2018

Field 1 Field 2 Field 3
Population Estimate (as of July 1) - 2017 Population Estimate (as of July 1) - 2018
Beaver County, Utah 6,396 6,580
Box Elder County, Utah 53,967 54,950
Cache County, Utah 124,564 127,068
Carbon County, Utah 20,168 20,269
Daggett County, Utah 1,022 980
Davis County, Utah 346,881 351,713
Duchesne County, Utah 19,915 19,964
Emery County, Utah 10,020 10,014
Garfield County, Utah 5,061 5,080
Grand County, Utah 9,640 9,764
Iron County, Utah 50,822 52,775
Juab County, Utah 11,248 11,555
Kane County, Utah 7,537 7,709
Millard County, Utah 12,829 13,006
Morgan County, Utah 11,875 12,045
Piute County, Utah 1,413 1,445
Rich County, Utah 2,402 2,464
Salt Lake County, Utah 1,137,820 1,152,633
San Juan County, Utah 15,320 15,449
Sanpete County, Utah 29,991 30,623
Sevier County, Utah 21,317 21,539
Summit County, Utah 41,349 41,933
Tooele County, Utah 67,418 69,907
Uintah County, Utah 35,219 35,438
Utah County, Utah 606,503 622,213
Wasatch County, Utah 31,975 33,240
Washington County, Utah 165,859 171,700
Wayne County, Utah 2,721 2,690
Weber County, Utah 251,866 256,359

Katie England covers local government, the environment and southern Utah County for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.

Katie England covers politics, county government and southern Utah County for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.

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