Utah

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State Highlights
  • Total Latino Population

    398,760

  • Median Age of Latinos

    24.3

  • Median Income of Latinos 16+

    $42,772

  • # of Latino Registered Voters

    56,000

  • Latinos Without Health Insurance

    32.7%

  • Latino Homeownership

    50.6%

  • Latinos as % of All Under 18

    17.0%

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From 2000 to 2014, the Latino population in Utah increased by 95.1% and accounted for 27.9% of the state’s total population growth. 1

In 2014, Utah’s Latino population totaled 398,760 and constituted 13.5% of the state’s total population. 2

Much of the Latino population is concentrated in West Valley, Salt Lake City, and Ogden. 3 The two counties with the largest Latino populations were Salt Lake and Utah. 4

In 2014, Utah’s Latino citizen voting age population numbered 156,000. 5

Furthermore, Latino registered voters totaled 56,000 and constituted 5.1% of all registered voters in the state.  6

Approximately 50.0% of Latino registered voters cast ballots during the November 2014 elections.  7

2015

Utah is one of seven states that implemented elements from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ naturalization exam into their high school curricula. Utah S60 requires high school students to take a test based on the civics section of the naturalization exam. 8

2014

UT S203 adjusted the program start date of the Utah Pilot Sponsored Resident Immigration Program Act to July 21, 2017. 9

Utah was one of twenty-six states that filed a lawsuit against the federal government, arguing that President Obama’s suspension of immigration laws was unconstitutional. 10

2013

Utah enacted UT S100, requires anyone who applies for either the New Century scholarship or Exemplary Academic Achievement award to certify their citizenship status. Non-citizens are still eligible, but must be able to prove that they are lawfully residing in the United States. 11 12

73.6% of Latinos were citizens of the United States (64.3% were native born and 9.3% were naturalized). 13

35.7% of Latinos were foreign born. 14

65.8% of Latinos 5-years of age and older spoke Spanish. 15

Of Latino Spanish-speakers 5-years of age and older, 60.7% spoke English “very well”, 17.8% spoke English “well”, 16.7% spoke English “not well”, and 4.7% spoke English “not at all.” 16

The median age of Latinos was 24.3 years compared to 31.3 years for Whites. 17

38.8% of Latinos were under 18 years of age compared to 29.8% of Whites. 18

Latinos comprise 17.0% of all persons under the age of 18. 19

Of Latinos 25-years of age and older, 34.6% had less than a high school diploma (compared to 6.6% of Whites), 28.4% had a high school diploma, GED, or alternative credential (compared to 22.6% of Whites), 24.9% had some college or an Associate’s degree (compared to 38.6% of Whites), 9.3% had a Bachelor’s degree (compared to 21.6% of Whites), and 2.9% had a Graduate degree (compared to 10.8% of Whites). 20

Median household incomes totaled $42,772 for Latinos and $62,170 for Whites (in 2014 inflation-adjusted dollars). 21

32.7% of Latinos lacked health insurance compared to 9.0% of Whites. 22

50.6% of Latino households were owner occupied (compared to 71.0% of White households) and 49.4% were renter occupied (compared to 29.0% of White households). 23

6.8% of Latinos were unemployed compared to 4.5% of Whites. 24

The number of Latino-owned businesses grew 167.2% over a 10-year period, going from 5,177 in 2002 to 13,835 in 2012. 25 26

In 2012, receipts for Latino-owned businesses totaled $2.7 million, representing an increase of 107.6% from 2007. 27 28

In 2012, Latino-owned businesses employed 10,099 people with an annual payroll of $358,993. 29

In 2015, the Latino purchasing power in Utah totaled $7.8 billion. 30

From 2000 to 2014, Utah’s immigrant population increased 57.5%, growing from 158,664 in 2000 to 249,917 in 2014 (immigrant share of 8.5% in 2014). 31

In 2014, 27.8% of immigrants living in Utah entered the U.S. before 1990, 27.3% entered between 1990 and 1999, 31.5% entered between 2000 and 2009, and 13.4% entered after 2010. 32

According to a U.S. Census Bureau 2014 estimate, 59.0% of immigrants living in Utah were born in Latin America, 21.7% were born in Asia, 9.5% were born in Europe, 3.2% were born in Africa, and 6.6% were born in other regions. 33

38.0% of all immigrants in Utah were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2014. 34

In 2012, 75,095 people (or 6.6% of all registered voters in Utah) were newly naturalized citizens or U.S. born children of immigrants. 35

In 2014, foreign-born workers totaled 167,635 and made-up 11.1% of Utah’s workforce. 36

Between 2009 and 2013, 47,000 undocumented immigrants held permanent jobs in Utah, representing 68% of the undocumented civilian population. 37 In 2008, The Perryman Group found that removing undocumented immigrants from Utah would result in a $2.3 billion loss in economic activity and a $1 billion loss in gross state product, as well as a loss of 14,219 jobs. 38

Undocumented immigrants in Utah paid $74.8 million in state and local taxes in 2012. 39

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