Thursday, February 24, 2011

Census Data Delivered to Utah

The U.S. Census Bureau today released more detailed 2010 Census population totals and demographic characteristics to the governor and leadership of the state legislature in Utah. These data provide the first look at population counts for small areas and race, Hispanic origin, voting age and housing unit data released from the 2010 Census.

The official 2010 Census Redistricting Data Summary File can be used to redraw federal, state and local legislative districts under Public Law 94-171. The census data are used by state officials to realign congressional and state legislative districts in their states, taking into account population shifts since the 2000 Census.

Data for Utah show that the five most populous incorporated places and their 2010 Census counts are Salt Lake City, 186,440; West Valley City, 129,480; Provo, 112,488; West Jordan, 103,712; and Orem, 88,328. Salt Lake City grew by 2.6 percent since the 2000 Census. West Valley City grew by 18.9 percent, Provo grew by 7.0 percent, West Jordan grew by 51.8 percent, and Orem grew by 4.7 percent.

The largest county is Salt Lake, with a population of 1,029,655. Its population grew by 14.6 percent since 2000. The other counties in the top five include Utah, with a population of 516,564 (increase of 40.2 percent); Davis, 306,479 (increase of 28.2 percent); Weber, 231,236 (increase of 17.7 percent); and Washington, 138,115 (increase of 52.9 percent).

The redistricting file consists of five detailed tables: the first shows the population by race, including six single race groups and 57 multiple race groups (63 total race categories); the second shows the Hispanic or Latino population as well as the non-Hispanic or Latino population cross-tabulated by the 63 race categories. These tabulations are repeated in the third and fourth tables for the population 18 years and over and are for the resident population of the United States. The fifth table provides counts of housing units and their occupancy status.

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