The Tribune reports that from 2010 to 2011 Provo grew by 2.7 percent. That means it’s the seventh fastest-growing metro area in the country, and is ahead of all other major metros in Utah.
Based on these figures, the population in Utah County will conservatively exceed 1 million people in less than a generation if similar growth occurs over the long run.
The article quotes county commissioner Larry Ellertson as saying that the growth may be due to large construction projects, businesses immigrating to the area, and a high fertility rate, among other things.
The census data the Tribune is using also shows population loss in rural areas. Though that may not matter to many people, it’s nevertheless significant because it supports observations by experts that the United States is increasingly a city-dwelling nation. Utah is perhaps closer to its agricultural sector and agrarian past than some states, but the reality is that today the region is an urban one.