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CENTENNIAL UTAH: SLIPPING BEHIND?

Although Utah is famous for its high birthrate, the Beehive State's overall population growth since statehood in 1896 has been slower that that of Western States as a whole.

Average annual increase of population

Decade Utah Western States

1880-90 3.7% 5.7%

1900-10 3.0% 5.1%

1920-30 1.2% 3.0%

1940-50 2.3% 3.5%

1960-70 1.7% 2.2%

1980-90 1.7% 2.0%

Source: U.S. Census