An analysis of these data has been prepared by members of the Demographics Team in the Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

Population estimates released today by the United States Census Bureau show that nearly four out of every 10 new Utah residents in the past year are racial or ethnic minorities, a continuation of recent trends.

The wave of diversity is a generational shift. This is evidenced by greater that one quarter (26.8 percent) of Utah’s preschool aged population now being classified as minorities, compared to only 7.1 percent being 85 years of age and older. Salt Lake County has 37.1 percent of the state’s population and is home to nearly half of the state’s minority population.

The minority population in Utah increased from 590,591 to 607,891 from 2013 to 2014, an increase of 17,300 or 2.9 percent. The total population increased by 40,115 or 1.4 percent during the same time. This means that, according to the estimates, increases in minority population accounted for 43.1 percent of the state’s population growth.

From 2010 to 2014, minorities increased from 537,522 to 607,891, an increase of 70,369 or 13.1 percent. The total population increased by 179,017 or 6.5 percent. During the time since the 2010 Census, the minority population accounted for 39.3 percent of the state’s population growth.

Since the 2010 Census the minority population in Utah has increased from 19.4 percent of the total population to 20.7 percent in 2014. Although minorities are a larger share na