Utah is the fastest-growing state in the United States. With a population of 3.3 million people, it is expected that over 5 million people will live here by 2050. Our growth has reached unsustainable rates. Not only are we facing a water crisis, we are also facing housing shortages, natural resources shortages and traffic issues. These directly stem from a high amount of people being born every year in Utah, as well as many people from other states migrating to Utah and causing prices to be driven up in our housing market. According to William Carter, Utah will keep growing, but at a slower rate than in the past, and at an even slower rate if Utah does begin to face more serious issues with overpopulation.

Gochnour, Natalie. “Utah’s Population Is Booming.” Utah Business, 21 Dec. 2018, https://www.utahbusiness.com/utahs-population-is-booming/.

“Utah Is Top State for Population Growth, but Not Just Because People Are Moving Here.” Deseret News, 10 Jan. 2018, https://www.deseret.com/2018/1/10/20638045/utah-is-top-state-for-population-growth-but-not-just-because-people-are-moving-here.

Williams, Carter, et al. Report: Utah’s Growth Rate to Fall, but Population Will Still Increase 66% in the next 40 Years. https://www.ksl.com/article/50330643/report-utahs-growth-rate-to-fall-but-population-will-still-increase-66-in-the-next-40-years. Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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