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Health Indicator Report of Utah Population Characteristics: Age Distribution of the Population

People's age, sex, culture, and living and working conditions affect their health in important ways that must be considered in planning for the public health of the population. Having a large percentage of the population made up of young children emphasizes the importance of making available key preventive health measures (e.g. immunizations) and age-appropriate screenings to identify developmental delays at a time when treatment is most effective.

Percentage of Persons Aged 65 and Older by Local Health District, Utah, 2022


Percentage of Persons Aged 65 and Older by Local Health District, Utah, 2022

Data Sources

  • For years 2020 and later, the population estimates are provided by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, Utah state and county annual population estimates are by single year of age and sex, IBIS Version 2022
  • U.S. Current Population Survey

Data Interpretation Issues

Because many diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, are less common among younger persons, the Utah population is healthier than the U.S. population. In order to remove the "age effect," health data are often age-adjusted for presentation in reports.

Definition

The percentage of persons in each age group.

Numerator

Number of persons in age group.

Denominator

Total population size.

How Are We Doing?

Utahns, on a percentage basis, are on average younger than the rest of the U.S. population. According to 2022 the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 1-year estimate table DP05, Utah had the youngest state population in the U.S. with a median age of 32.1 years versus 39 years nationally.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

According to 2022 the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 1-year estimate table DP05, 27.5% of the Utah estimated population were under age 18, compared with 21.7% of the total U.S. population.

Available Services

United States Census Academy provides training and technical assistance in accessing and using Census data. They can be reached on their website at [https://www.census.gov/academy].
Page Content Updated On 12/08/2023, Published on 02/21/2024
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