SALT LAKE CITY Utah is projected to be one of the five fastest-growing
states over the next three decades.
The Census Bureau says Utah's population is expected to increase 56
percent, or by more than one-point-two (m) million people, between
2000 and 2030. Nevada and Arizona are expected to double in
population, and a gain of nearly 80 percent is projected in Florida
and almost 60 percent in Texas.
One reason for the boom in Utah is the Mormon church. It's estimated
at least 70 percent of the state's residents are members of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Because of the church's emphasis on big families, Utah's fertility
rate is two-point-56 children per woman of childbearing age, the
highest in the nation.
It also has one of the nation's fastest-growing older populations.
Retiring baby boomers -- many of them from California -- are moving to