Population booms in Utah 'burbs

New census estimates released Wednesday reveal that 10 Utah cities have doubled their populations — or more — since the 2000 Census. Saratoga Springs in western Utah County has outpaced them all, growing 14-fold since then, from 1,162 residents in 2000 to 16,053 in 2008.

"We're a new city. A group of landowners who wanted to develop their land incorporated in 1997 — so there was nothing here then," says city manager Ken Leetham. "When you go from essentially nothing to 16,000, the percentage looks really big, But we're still a small concern."

That "small concern" could change, however, as the city is projecting growing to a population of maybe 75,000 to 85,000 by 2030 — which could even put it among the top 10 largest cities in the state by then.

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