Governor Jon Huntsman lauded the continued growth of Utah as the U.S. Census Bureau anticipated the arrival of the United States' 300 millionth resident.
"300 million Americans is an historic achievement for our country," said Huntsman.
The Utah Population Estimates Committee (UPEC) reported that the state's population exceeded 2.5 million for the first time in 2005.
"Utah continues to be on the same strong growth track it has experienced for several years," said Robert Spendlove, Chair of the Population Estimates Committee. "We expect this level of growth to continue this year and into the future."
According to the Census Bureau, Utah's population growth is the fifth fastest in the nation. Utah's large population growth rate is due to its strong economy and its unique demographics. Utah's job growth is among the highest in the nation currently and the state's unemployment rate is among the lowest in the nation.
Additionally, compared to the rest of the nation, Utah has the highest fertility rate, lowest median age, highest household size, and third highest life expectancy.
Utah's population surpassed 2.5 million in 2005, increasing 3.2 percent from 2004.
Net in-migration accounted for 52 percent of this increase, which was the highest level since World War II.
Utah has unique demographics. It is the fifth fastest growing state, has the third highest life expectancy, has the lowest median age and has the largest household size, as well as the highest fertility rate.
Utah's population increases by one person every seven minutes. Additionally a baby is born in Utah every 10 minutes and someone dies in Utah every 41 minutes.
Utah's population also increases every 13 minutes due to in-migration.
The fastest growing county of the state is Washington County. Its population increase for 2005 was 8.4 percent over 2004.
Salt Lake County had the largest numerical population increase in 2005, with 23,119 more persons in 2005 than 2004. Utah County was second with 18,446, but Utah County's growth rate of 4.2 percent was nearly double that of Salt Lake County (2.4 percent).
The west as a whole is the fastest growing region of the United States.