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One in five Utahns now a minority

Growth in diversity stems more from births than from in-migration.



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She said some of the minority immigrants have "fertility rates even higher than native-born white women," which has "helped that median age from increasing even more."

Perlich said, "The fundamentals of why we are the youngest state will remain in place but the gap will narrow and we’ll trend behind the nation by maybe a generation or so."

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20.3 » Percent of Utahns who are minorities, including 13.4 percent Latino, 3.2 percent Asian, 2.2 percent American Indian, 1.9 percent black and 1.4 percent Pacific Islander

30.2 » Median age — the lowest in the nation but up from 29.2 in 2010.

50.3 » Percent of Utahns who are male. Utah is one of only 10 states that have male majorities.

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Utah is among only 10 states where the majority of residents are male, at 50.3 percent. Perlich said that’s because of Utah’s young median age.

"Sex ratio favors males over females at birth. There are a lot of biological and evolutionary theories about why that occurs," she said. But women tend to live longer than men, so at older ages women outnumber them.

"The crossover where women outnumber men in Utah is about the age of 55, and nationally it is about 45. So if you are at a younger place, then you have a higher male to female ratio."

ldavidson@sltrib.com




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