Currently Reading

Utah Tops Fastest Growing States


Utah Tops Fastest Growing States

Utah was the only state to experience a 2 percent increase in population between 2015 and 2016

By Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor February 9, 2017
This article first appeared in the February 2017 issue of Pro Builder.

Utah lived up to its nickname, the Beehive State, with new residents swarming to it in 2016. Helped by affordable home prices and steady job creation, Utah had the highest population increase in 2016, rising 2.03 percent, adding more than 60,000 people, including 25,000 who migrated to the state. Of the migration, 19,000 were domestic.

Since 2010, Utah has gained 287,329 more people in its total population, which is currently 3.1 million.

The data come from U.S. Census Bureau national and state population estimates released at the end of December. The numbers account for population growth between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016. To calculate an estimate, the Census took the most recent population base number and added births, subtracted deaths, and added net migration, both domestic and international.

While Utah was the only state to experience a 2 percent increase, Nevada (1.95 percent increase to 2.9 million in population), Idaho (1.83 percent to 1.7 million), Florida (1.82 percent to 20.61 million), and Washington (1.78 percent to 7.3 million) also had significant population expansions.

In terms of migration, from 2015 to 2016, 325,986 people moved to Florida, with 207,155 of them domestic. Texas, at 217,542, was the only other state to gain 100,000 residents through net migration. “States in the South and West continued to lead in population growth,” Ben Bolender, chief of the Population Estimates Branch, said in a statement. “In 2016, 37.9 percent of the nation’s population lived in the South and 23.7 percent lived in the West.”

Population expansion has slowed in North Dakota to 0.1 percent from 2.3 percent last year, experiencing a net migration loss estimated at 4,684 people. Due to the oil boom, North Dakota had been the fastest-growing state for the previous four years, and the state’s current population of 757,952 is still the highest it’s ever been.

Illinois experienced the largest drop in total population, losing 37,508 from its total of 12.8 million people in 2015. The Land of Lincoln had the largest decrease of net migration, losing 83,210 (114,144 people in domestic migration). New York (191,367) and California (109,023) also had six-figure net domestic migration losses.

Nationally, the U.S. population grew by 0.7 percent to 323.1 million.



Related Stories

Housing Markets

August Housing Markets Still Down, but Less So

While active inventory, new listings, and closed sales were all still historically low in August, the declines weren't as sharp as in previous months

Market Data + Trends

Home Size and Price Trends for Age-Restricted, Single-Family Housing

how do the characteristics of new, age-restricted, single-family homes vary from other single-family homes?

Market Data + Trends

Why Is the Housing Market Behaving This Way?

2023 has been a confusing time in the housing market, but there's an upside for new-home builders


Top Articles


More in Category

COVID-19 may be easing its grip on the U.S. after a disastrous two years, but lingering supply chain disruptions have builders holding onto their pandemic business tactics

An archive of NHQA-winning companies that represent home building's best in Total Quality Management

Don’t let the current hype about single-family B2R communities obscure the need to create long-term sustainability and asset value


Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.

Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.