While the overall U.S. population has been nearly stagnant over the past three years, Utah was the third fastest growing state based on Census figures estimates for the period ending on July 1, 2013. Utah’s population has grown 5.0% trailing only North Dakota, boosted by an oil and gas boom) at 7.4% and Texas at 5.2%. Washington, D.C. also had swift growth at 7.4% during the period.
Utah’s improved economy and a high birth rate has allowed Utah to grow at more than twice the national rate. It’s population, now at 2.9 million, has surpassed Kansas and it’s now the 33rd most populous state.
Much of the growth is in the West as 11 of the top 15 states were in the West. Florida also showed strong growth with a 4.8 percent increase. Overall, the U.S. population was 316,128,839 as of July 1, 2013.
For the states nearest St. George, Arizona grew at a rate of 3.7% during the 2010-2013 and Nevada grew 3.3%. Complete data can be found on the Census Bureau’s website.
Utah has the lowest median age of any state in the country. This is likely to keep Utah among one of the fastest growing states.
St. George has seen tremendous growth. According to Census figures, the city’s population in 1980 was 11,350, whereas in 2012, the population stood at 75,561. A rising population plays a role in keeping demand for Washington County real estate.