SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — According to a report, Utah’s population is expected to soar 86 percent by 2050 from 2.9 million to 5.4 million.
The study by the independent research group Utah Foundation says because two of the state’s most populous counties — Salt Lake and Davis — are nearly built out, most of the growth is projected to occur elsewhere.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports Utah County centered around Provo is expected to grow by 136 percent from 516,500 to 1.2 million.
Some counties neighboring the Wasatch Front, including Wasatch, Tooele, Summit, Juab, Morgan and Cache, are expected to more than double in population by 2050.
The study also projects that Utah’s population will become more diverse, because most growth among the young now is occurring among minorities.