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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.
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.

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

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

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 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 [].
Page Content Updated On 01/31/2018, Published on 02/01/2018
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