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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 Utah Small Area, 2017

Percentage of Persons Aged 65 and Older by Utah Small Area, 2017


"Utah Small Areas" refers to a set of geographic areas in Utah with population sizes ranging from approximately 8,000 to 86,000 persons. These geographic areas are especially useful for doing public health assessment in communities within urban counties. To get more information on Utah Small Area definitions, please go to [].

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 2017
  • U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates Program

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.


The percentage of persons in each age group.


Number of persons in age group.


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 the Census Bureau's 2017 Population Estimates Program, Utah had the youngest state population in the U.S. with a median age of 30.9 years versus 38.0 years nationally.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau Population Division, in 2017, 30% of the Utah estimated population were under age 18, compared with 23% 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 [].
Page Content Updated On 11/13/2018, Published on 11/21/2018
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