Utah economic expert urges preparation for future Utah County population growth

Monday, April 02, 2018

Change is coming to Utah County, and one local economic expert issued a call to action.

Pamela S. Perlich, director of demographic research at the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, shared that call to action in her presentation as part of the Bank of Utah Economic Outlook event held at Thanksgiving Point. Her stop in Lehi was just one of four throughout northern Utah, and focused solely on Utah County data and metrics.

Perlich outlined many changes in Utah County’s economy, demographics and population that are already occurring and will continue to occur through the year 2065. Projections show that Utah County will have about 1.6 million residents by that year, more than double the amount today. Its population will be very close to Salt Lake County’s projected population of about 1.7 million by 2065.

By this time, Perlich explained, Utah County, Salt Lake County, Weber County and Davis County will be knit together a large metropolitan area, similar to the Seattle/Tacoma, Washington area today. These areas will be “connected through markets and transportation, and turning into an integrated, global metropolitan area.”

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