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Utah Population by Race and Ethnicity

Utah the 30th largest U.S. state by population has a racially and ethnically diverse population. As of 2020, White (Non-Hispanic)  are the largest group in California followed by Hispanic or Latino Americans. 

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Ethnic and Racial Percentage

In 2020, the White alone (non-Hispanic) population was the largest racial or ethnic group in Utah, comprising 75.36% of the total population. It was followed by the Hispanic or Latino population whose share was 15.07%.

Two or more races were the third-largest group at 3.68%. The Asian population was at 2.40% and African American Population was at 1.14%

The ethnic composition of Utah is as follows

Race and Origin Actual Population Percentage 2020
White alone 2,465,355 75.36%
Hispanic or Latino 492,912 15.07%
Two or more races 120,452 3.68%
Asian alone 78,618 2.40%
Black or African American alone 37,192 1.14%
Native Hawaiian &  Pacific Islanders 35,831 1.10%
American Indians and Alaska Natives alone 28,690 0.88%
Some Other Race alone 12,566 0.38%
Total 3,271,616  

Source: US Census 2020

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*US Census recognized five racial categories (White, Black or African American, Asian American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) as well as people of two or more races. It also classified respondents as "Hispanic or Latino" or "Not Hispanic or Latino", identifying Hispanic and Latino as an ethnicity (not a race), which comprises the largest minority group in the nation.

Ancestry in Utah

As per Census Studies & estimate English, German, Irish, American, and Danish have made the five largest ancestry groups in Utah.

In 2020, 5.2% of the population considered themselves to be of only American ancestry (regardless of race or ethnicity). Many of these were of English, Scotch-Irish or European descent; however, their families have lived in the state for so long they choose to identify as having “American” ancestry or do not know their ancestry.

The Largest Ancestry in Utah is as follows

12French (except Basque)53,0751.7%
16Subsaharan African18,6720.6%
19French Canadian7,6040.2%
24West Indian (excluding Hispanic origin groups)2,7040.1%

Source: US Census 2020

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Europeans in Utah

Non-Hispanics Whites account for nearly 75.36% of Utah’s population. English, German, Irish, and Danish Americans have made up the largest European ancestry groups in Utah. As per the Census report, English Americans made up 22.2% of the population and numbered 710,512 members.

German Americans made up 9.5% of the population and numbered over 303,144. Irish Americans made up 5.6% of the population and numbered close to 177,933 followed by Danish ancestry at 4.7% of the population and numbered close to 151,577

Besides the Europeans who make good numbers are Scottish (4.2%), Swedish (3.3%), Italian (2.6%), Norwegian (2.5%), Welsh (2.1%), Dutch (1.7%), French (1.7%) and Swiss (1.2%)

Hispanics and Latinos in Utah

Hispanics and Latinos are the second-largest groups in Utah after non-Hispanic white. Around 15.07% of Utah’s Population claim Hispanic or Latin American ethnicity.  Mexicans form the largest Hispanic group in Utah, next comes the Salavrodrian, Peruvian, Guatemalan,  and  Puerto Ricans. 

Salt Lake County in northern Utah has the highest density of Latino people in the state of Utah. Others are Weber County, Utah County, Summit County, and Davis County.

African Americans in Utah

As of 2020, those of African ancestry accounted for 1.14% of Utah’s population. Between 2010 and 2020, Utah’s Black or African American population grew by nearly 24,000 residents (both Black alone and in combination with other races). Over the decade, Utah’s Black population grew 55% while the total state population grew only 18%, causing the Black share of the state to increase from 1.6% to 2.1%. The number of multiracial Black residents nearly doubled during this time, growing 94% and contributing to the multiracial population’s status as Utah’s fastest-growing racial group.

According to the 2020 Census, 52% of Utah’s Black population lives in Salt Lake County, which is home to 36% of the total state population. A slightly larger share of Utah’s Black residents (87%) live along the Wasatch Front than the population as a whole (75%). By share of residents, that equates to 2.9% of Salt Lake County, 2.5% of Weber County, 2.1% of Davis County, and 1.4% of Utah County.

Asian Americans in Utah

Asian Americans are a sizable minority group in Utah. Americans of Asian descent formed 2.40%  percent of the population. Its ethnic Asian population has grown rapidly since the late 1990s; There are over 80,000 Asians residing in Utah – with Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos comprising over 50% of the Asian population (followed by Vietnamese, Indian, Laotian, and Thai communities). Smaller communities are of Nepali, Tibetan, Bhutanese, Hmong, Karen, and other groups.

At 4.4%, Salt Lake County has the state’s highest proportion of Asians. The populations of Indians, Filipinos, and Thais all doubled between 2000 and 2010, while the overall Asian population in Utah experienced a 63% increase during those years.

Multi-Race in Utah

Multiracial individuals are also a visible minority in Utah. People identifying as multiracial form 3.68%  percent of the population, and number around 120,452 people. 

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