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Annual estimates following the 2010 Census show Provo City had a 2016 population estimate of 116,868. This chapter will use this number as the base population, including its use for all population projections. The historic population numbers for Provo City may be found in Table 0.1 in Appendix 1.

Historically, Provo has experienced an approximate 2 to 4% annual growth rate. Table 0.2 in Appendix 1, Population by Year, shows population numbers from 1860 to 2016.

Gender and AgeTable 0.2 in Appendix 1, Gender and Age, shows 2015 estimates for Provo City with a male population of 57,281 (49.7%) and a female population of 58,064 (50.3%). In 2015, Provo’s median age was 23.7. While still much lower than the national median average of 37.6 in 2015, Provo’s population is getting older, given that its median age was 22.9 in 2010.

HouseholdsIn 2010, Provo City had 31,524 total households. Provo’s average household size is 3.24 persons per household, while the average family size is 3.41 persons per family. Table 0.4, Households and Families, shows the categories of family and nonfamily households. Because Provo is home to Brigham Young University, its percentage of nonfamily households is higher than in other Utah cities. With that said, Provo’s percentage of nonfamily households is on par with the rest of nation, which is generally higher than most cities in Utah.

TABLE 0.4 – HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES

Household Type

Number

Percentage

Family Households

21,166

67.1

Nonfamily households

10,358

32.9

Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Summary File 1, Tables P17, P18, P28, P29, P37, P38, and P39.

College Student PopulationBrigham Young University (BYU) and neighboring Utah Valley University (UVU), located in the City of Orem, provide Provo with a large student population. In addition to BYU and UVU, Provo also has several other institutions of higher education that augment the college student population. Provo is estimated to have 37,605 students enrolled in college and graduate school. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Population ProjectionsAnticipating population growth and trends is essential to any long-range planning effort. Provo’s projected population to the year 2060 is included below along with population projections for the State of Utah and Utah County for comparison. These numbers came from the Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget’s (GOMB) county data and the Mountainland Association of Governments, which uses a land use model to project where the future growth in the municipalities will occur. As new figures become available, they should be updated in this Plan.

TABLE 0.5 – POPULATION PROJECTIONS

Geography

Census 2010

2020

2030

2040

2050

2060

State of Utah

2,774,283

3,309,234

3,914,984

4,570,433

5,257,239

5,965,658

Utah County

516,564

668,564

833,101

1,019,828

1,216,695

1,398,074

Provo

112,488

126,377

131,068

151,877

170,600

189,400

Mountainland Association of Governments, 2012

Population growth is influenced in part by land use policies which affect the amount of land set aside for residential growth and development densities. The policies in this general plan reflect a conservative approach for additional multifamily housing.

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