2013 – 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) Estimates

11 December 2018

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS) estimates. The 5-year estimates represent data collected over a period a time on social, economic, demographic, and housing characteristics of the U.S. population. The Census provides reliable statistics that are used to make informed decisions for research purposes, businesses, education, journalism, and advocacy. This is the most relied-on source for up-to-date demographic information every year. In Utah, some of our rural counties have very low populations (Dagget County has an estimated population of 702!) so using five years of collected data is the most reliable data that analyzes the largest sample size. 

Here are some highlights from Utah's 5-Year Estimates

  • During 2013-2017, Utah had a population of 3.1 million
  • 11.0% of Utahns were in poverty
  • 89.2% of Utahns had health insurance coverage
  • 91.8% of people 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school
  • The median income of households was $65,325
  • The median earnings for full-time year-round workers was $30,094
  • The median property value for owner-occupied houses was $238,300
  • The median gross rent was $948
  • 45.4% of renters were cost burdened (paying 30% or more of their income on housing)