A study called Snapshot of 2050 projected Utah’s population to double in the next 35 years. The study was performed by a research group called Utah Foundation.
Research analyst for Utah Foundation Mallory Bateman said the study used a conglomeration of projections including the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Utah, the Department of Workforce Services and the Governor’s Office of Management of Population and Budget.
“And it looks at where people might live, who they are going to be and why people might come here,” Bateman said.
She said they used data from the 1980s onward to discover what Utah’s future entails.
“We are going to have an older and a more diverse population and we are going to keep seeing development in our urban areas," Bateman said. "The Wasatch Front and Washington County are going to see a lot of people in these projections. Utah County, especially, seems to be a hot place for development in the future.”
Bateman said there will be a few more studies to follow, including research on education and water projections.