Salt Lake City population growth stalled in 2014

Source: U.S. Census 2014 Population Estimates.
Source: U.S. Census 2014 Population Estimates.

Suburban communities continued to lead the population growth along the Wasatch Front, while Salt Lake City experienced a slight population decline, according to the 2014 population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Suburban, South Jordan’s population grew by an estimated 24.52 percent, from 50,418 to an estimated 62,781 residents between 2010 and 2014.

While communities like South Jordan grow, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that population growth slowed in Utah’s regional capital cities: Salt Lake City, Provo and Ogden.

According to estimates, Salt Lake City population increased 2.38 percent between 2010 and 2014.  But the Bureau estimates that the City lost 400 people between 2013 and 2014, dropping to 190,884 from 2013’s estimate of 191,282.

South Jordan’s growth made it Utah’s 10th largest, replacing Taylorsville, which experienced an estimated population loss of 166 people from 60,599 in 2010 to an estimated 60,433 in 2014.

Of Utah’s ten largest cities, only Provo and Ogden’s populations grew at a slower rate than Salt Lake’s since 2010.  Provo’s population increased by estimated 2.06 percent between 2010 and 2014.  The Provo Metro Area’s population grew by 8.48 percent over the same time period.

Ogden’s population grew even slower, by an estimated 1.8 percent between 2010 and 2014, while the Metro Area’s population grew by 5.88 percent.

Like Odgen and Provo, Salt Lake City Metro Area’s population growth outpaced its capital city.   The Metro population increased an estimated 6.48 percent, over three times the percentage of Salt Lake City’s estimated growth.

Utah’s three largest metro areas grew at or above the state’s rate during the four-year period.  Utah’s population increased from 2.76 million in 2010 to an estimated 2014 population of 2.94 million, an estimated growth of 6.08 percent.  Utah’s growth rate is twice that of the national rate of 3.1 percent.

The U.S. census estimates that Salt Lake City lost 398 people, or 0.21 percent of its population, from July 2013 to July 2014.

Salt Lake’s estimated population loss may surprise residents as Salt Lake is experiencing a boom in apartment construction.  The Census Bureau uses current data on births, deaths and migration to estimate population, but many of the apartment units that opened in 2014 didn’t become available until the fall, a few months after the July cutoff for data gathering.

According to a 2015 report by Equimark, a Multifamily Investment Services firm, three projects consisting of 336 apartment units opened in Salt Lake during 2014: North Sixth, Newhouse and Liberty Gateway.  North Sixth and Newhouse were still under construction during the summer of 2014.  New residential-units in Salt Lake accounted for less than 18 percent of the total units completed in Salt Lake County in 2014.

Bureau population estimates for 2015 should again show population growth in Salt Lake City.  Nearly 800 apartment units will have been added to the City’s housing stock by July 2015 including: Bridges at Citifront Phase II, Seasons at Library Square, Liberty Village, The Vue at Sugarhouse Crossing and Wilmington Gardens.

Salt Lake City’s population estimates for 2016 could show significant growth as there are roughly 2,100 residential-units actively under construction in the City.

Source: U.S. Census 2014 Population Estimates.
Data based on U.S. Census 2014 Population Estimates.

Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at