SALT LAKE CITY — Young, educated and diverse, newcomers are helping to change the face of Utah as they roll in largely from other western states.
About 133,000 people — equivalent to more than half of Salt Lake City's population — moved to the Beehive State from 2014 to 2018, according to a new report from the University of Utah's Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.
California contributed the most new faces, at roughly 18,000 — or 16.6% — the most of any state, followed by Texas at 7.2%; Idaho at 6.6% and Washington state at 5.3%. But the Golden State also received more people from Utah in the same period than anywhere else.
...Vinay Cardwell, originally from Vancouver, Canada, who attended the University of Utah, found work in the state's growing tech sector and started a family in the Beehive State. His son and daughter are now ages 5 and 8.
Cardwell, president of Young Professionals Salt Lake City, says he wants job seekers to know they can still feel at home in Utah if they've never been to the state and are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.