Birth rate buoys Utah to 4th fastest-growing state in 2012

Utah was the fourth-fastest growing state this year as it again registered the nation’s highest birthrate and second-lowest death rate. Also, Utah’s improving economy attracted some net in-migration, with almost all coming from abroad instead of other states.

U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Thursday say Utah grew by 40,940 people — about the same as the population of Riverton — between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012. About 89 percent of that came from "natural increase," or births minus deaths, and 11 percent came from net in-migration.

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