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

Definition

The percentage of persons in each age group.

Numerator

Number of persons in age group.

Denominator

Total population size.

Data Interpretation Issues

Because many diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, are less common among younger persons, Utah's 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.

Why Is This Important?

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.

How Are We Doing?

Utahns, on a percentage basis, are on average younger than the rest of the U.S. population. According to the Census Bureau's 2016 American Community Survey, Utah had the youngest state population in the U.S. with a median age of 30.7 years versus 37.9 years nationally.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau Population Division, in 2016 30.2% of Utah's estimated population were under age 18, compared with 22.8% of the total U.S. population.

Available Services

The Utah Governor's Office of Management and Budget State Data Center provides training and technical assistance in accessing and using Census data. They can be reached at (801) 538-1036 or on their website at [http://www.governor.utah.gov/dea/sdc.html].


Related Indicators

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:


Health Status Outcomes

Age is one of the most important risk factors for many diseases, including Utah's leading causes of death, heart disease and cancer. The relative youth of Utah's population is one important factor in our relative good health. In order to remove the "age effect" and allow accurate comparisons, health data are commonly age adjusted for presentation in reports such as this one. Age is associated with health status for many of the Indicator Reports included here.

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:




Graphical Data Views

Population Age Distribution, Utah and U.S., 2016

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The graph above shows higher percentages of Utah's population in the younger age groups and smaller percentages in the older age groups as compared to the U.S. population as a whole.
Utah vs. U.S.Age GroupPercentage Distribution of the Total Population
Record Count: 22
Utah0-48.3%
Utah5-1417.1%
Utah15-2416.1%
Utah25-3414.7%
Utah35-4413.5%
Utah45-5410.3%
Utah55-649.5%
Utah65-746.3%
Utah75-843.1%
Utah85+1.2%
U.S.0-46.2%
U.S.5-1412.7%
U.S.15-2413.5%
U.S.25-3413.8%
U.S.35-4412.5%
U.S.45-5413.2%
U.S.55-6412.8%
U.S.65-748.9%
U.S.75-844.4%
U.S.85+2.0%

Data Sources

  • Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2016
  • U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates Program


Percentage of Persons Aged 65 or Over by Local Health District, Utah, 2016

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Local Health DistrictPercentage of Persons Aged 65+
Record Count: 15
Bear River10.3%
Central15.0%
Davis County9.5%
Salt Lake County10.1%
San Juan11.4%
Southeast16.4%
Southwest18.8%
Summit11.2%
Tooele9.0%
TriCounty10.6%
Utah County7.4%
Wasatch10.2%
Weber-Morgan11.4%
State of Utah10.5%
U.S.15.2%

Data Sources

  • Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2016
  • U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates Program


Percentage of Persons Aged 65 or Over by Utah Small Area, 2016

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Utah Small AreasPercentage of Persons
Record Count: 67
Brigham City12.7%
Box Elder Co (Other)10.7%
Logan7.8%
Cache Co (Oth)/Rich Co (All)9.8%
Ben Lomond10.2%
Morgan Co (All)/Weber Co (E)13.1%
Ogden (Downtown)8.6%
South Ogden13.1%
Roy/Hooper10.1%
Riverdale12.7%
Clearfield/Hill AFB6.5%
Layton8.8%
Syracuse/Kaysville7.7%
Farmington/Centerville10.9%
Woods Cross/North Salt Lake7.4%
Bountiful16.6%
SLC (Rose Park)7.8%
SLC (Avenues)15.9%
SLC (Foothill/U of U)14.5%
Magna6.5%
SLC (Glendale)7.8%
West Valley (West)7.9%
West Valley (East) V28.5%
SLC (Downtown)10.1%
South Salt Lake9.1%
Millcreek14.6%
Holladay19.5%
Cottonwood18.3%
Kearns V26.2%
Taylorsville (E)/Murray (W)11.3%
Taylorsville (West)10.7%
Murray13.6%
Midvale10.9%
West Jordan (NE) V29.0%
West Jordan (SE)7.5%
West Jordan (W)/Copperton3.4%
South Jordan8.3%
Sandy (Center)11.6%
Sandy (NE)15.7%
Sandy (SE)12.4%
Riverton/Draper5.6%
Tooele Co8.7%
Lehi/Cedar Valley4.2%
American Fork/Alpine8.4%
Pleasant Grove/Lindon7.4%
Orem (North)7.5%
Orem (West)8.2%
Orem (East)12.4%
Provo (North)/BYU9.3%
Provo (South)4.2%
Springville/Spanish Fork7.9%
Utah Co (South)8.2%
Summit Co10.4%
Wasatch Co10.2%
TriCounty LHD10.7%
Juab/Millard/Sanpete Co12.9%
Sevier/Piute/Wayne Co16.5%
Carbon/Emery Co15.0%
Grand County16.6%
San Juan County12.2%
St George19.9%
Washington Co (Other)17.2%
Cedar City10.0%
Southwest LHD (Other)18.5%
State10.5%
U.S.15.2%

Data Notes

"Utah Small Areas" refers to a set of geographic areas in Utah with population sizes ranging from approximately 20,000 to 60,000 persons. These geographic areas are especially useful for doing public health assessment in communities within Utah's urban counties. To get more information on Utah Small Area definitions, please go to [http://ibis.health.utah.gov/pdf/resource/UtahSmallAreaInfo.pdf].

Data Sources

  • Population estimates produced by the UDOH Center for Health Data and Informatics. Linear interpolation of U.S. Census Bureau and ESRI ZIP Code data provided annual population estimates for ZIP Code areas by sex and age groups, IBIS Version 2016
  • U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates Program


Age Distribution of the Population, American Indian/Alaska Native Utahns, 2016

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Age GroupPercentage Distribution of the Total Population
Record Count: 11
0-411.7%
5-1417.8%
15-2417.2%
25-3416.2%
35-4413.0%
45-5410.7%
55-647.9%
65-743.6%
75-841.4%
85+0.4%

Data Notes

Numbers represent distribution of the entire Utah population (all races). Persons in race categories are only those who selected a single race. As population estimates by race and ethnicity are released each year by the U.S. Census Bureau, estimates released in previous years may be updated. For more information on the Census Bureau's methodology, please see [https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/technical-documentation/methodology/2010-2016/2016-natstcopr-meth.pdf]. Numerator: Number of people in age group in the race group. [[br]] Denominator: Total Utah population.

Data Source

Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Counties in Utah, U.S. Bureau of the Census, IBIS Version 2016


Age Distribution of the Population, Asian Utahns, 2016

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Age GroupPercentage Distribution of the Population
Record Count: 11
0-46.6%
5-1412.1%
15-2417.7%
25-3419.7%
35-4415.4%
45-5412.2%
55-648.5%
65-744.9%
75-842.1%
85+0.9%

Data Notes

Persons in race categories are only those who selected a single race. As population estimates by race and ethnicity are released each year by the U.S. Census Bureau, estimates released in previous years may be updated. For more information on the Census Bureau's methodology, please see [https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/technical-documentation/methodology/2010-2016/2016-natstcopr-meth.pdf]. Numerator: Number of people in age group in the race group. [[br]] Denominator: Total Asian Utah population.

Data Source

Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Counties in Utah, U.S. Bureau of the Census, IBIS Version 2016


Age Distribution of the Population, Black Utahns, 2016

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Age GroupPercentage Distribution of the Population
Record Count: 11
0-49.7%
5-1419.5%
15-2419.0%
25-3418.1%
35-4413.1%
45-549.6%
55-646.9%
65-742.7%
75-841.1%
85+0.4%

Data Notes

Persons in race categories are only those who selected a single race. As population estimates by race and ethnicity are released each year by the U.S. Census Bureau, estimates released in previous years may be updated. For more information on the Census Bureau's methodology, please see [https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/technical-documentation/methodology/2010-2016/2016-natstcopr-meth.pdf]. Numerator: Number of people in age group in the race group. [[br]] Denominator: Total Black Utah population.

Data Source

Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Counties in Utah, U.S. Bureau of the Census, IBIS Version 2016


Age Distribution of the Population, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander Utahns, 2016

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Age GroupPercentage Distribution of the Population
Record Count: 11
0-49.3%
5-1419.2%
15-2419.2%
25-3418.3%
35-4412.9%
45-549.2%
55-646.9%
65-743.3%
75-841.2%
85+0.3%

Data Notes

Persons in race categories are only those who selected a single race. As population estimates by race and ethnicity are released each year by the U.S. Census Bureau, estimates released in previous years may be updated. For more information on the Census Bureau's methodology, please see [https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/technical-documentation/methodology/2010-2016/2016-natstcopr-meth.pdf]. Numerator: Number of people in age group in the race group. [[br]] Denominator: Total Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander Utah population.

Data Source

Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Counties in Utah, U.S. Bureau of the Census, IBIS Version 2016


Age Distribution of the Population, White Utahns, 2016

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Age GroupPercentage Distribution of the Population
Record Count: 11
0-48.0%
5-1416.8%
15-2415.8%
25-3414.5%
35-4413.6%
45-5410.4%
55-649.8%
65-746.6%
75-843.2%
85+1.3%

Data Notes

Persons in race categories are only those who selected a single race. As population estimates by race and ethnicity are released each year by the U.S. Census Bureau, estimates released in previous years may be updated. For more information on the Census Bureau's methodology, please see [https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/technical-documentation/methodology/2010-2016/2016-natstcopr-meth.pdf]. Numerator: Number of people in age group in the race group. [[br]] Denominator: Total White Utah population.

Data Source

Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Counties in Utah, U.S. Bureau of the Census, IBIS Version 2016


Age Distribution of the Population, Hispanic Utahns, 2016

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Age GroupPercentage Distribution of the Population
Record Count: 11
0-411.1%
5-1421.4%
15-2418.4%
25-3415.5%
35-4414.0%
45-549.8%
55-645.7%
65-742.7%
75-841.1%
85+0.4%

Data Notes

As population estimates by race and ethnicity are released each year by the U.S. Census Bureau, estimates released in previous years may be updated. For more information on the Census Bureau's methodology, please see [https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/technical-documentation/methodology/2010-2016/2016-natstcopr-meth.pdf]. Numerator: Number of people in age group in the race group. [[br]] Denominator: Total Hispanic Utah population.

Data Source

Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Counties in Utah, U.S. Bureau of the Census, IBIS Version 2016


Age Distribution of the Population, White Non-Hispanic Utahns, 2016

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Age GroupPercentage Distribution of the Population
Record Count: 11
0-47.6%
5-1416.2%
15-2415.4%
25-3414.3%
35-4413.5%
45-5410.5%
55-6410.5%
65-747.2%
75-843.6%
85+1.4%

Data Notes

Persons in race categories are only those who selected a single race. As population estimates by race and ethnicity are released each year by the U.S. Census Bureau, estimates released in previous years may be updated. For more information on the Census Bureau's methodology, please see [https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/technical-documentation/methodology/2010-2016/2016-natstcopr-meth.pdf]. Numerator: Number of people in age group in the race/ethnicity group. [[br]] Denominator: Total White non-Hispanic Utah population.

Data Source

Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Counties in Utah, U.S. Bureau of the Census, IBIS Version 2016

References and Community Resources

For more information on Utah's demographic characteristics, contact the Utah Governor's Office of Management and Budget, or go to their website at gomb.utah.gov. The U.S. Census Bureau website is also useful ([http://www.census.gov]).

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

For an on-line medical dictionary, click on this Dictionary link.

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