'A changing face of Utah': Census estimates show diversity among large millennial population

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  • bc1050 Sandy, UT
    June 25, 2015 12:27 p.m.

    Nice to see the influence of the LDS Church demission some....

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    June 25, 2015 11:00 a.m.

    This is an important article. It gives life to a trend that some of us have been watching for a long time. One of the reasons Utah is in such a good state financially is because we are still in growth mode. We are still making babies. Many other areas around the country are not. Consider Maine. Average age 46. Average fertility? Not high.

    Our youth are our future.

    Consider trends in business and innovation. Young people tend to innovate and create more than older folks do. Perhaps it is necessity (the mother of invention), perhaps it is the effect of new eyes on old problems. They solve problems and make life better. Thus the youngest state in the nation, Utah, is also one of the places most likely to be a locus of new ideas and business formation.

    These blessings (and so many others) are a legacy of those who follow and heed prophetic counsel to have children and raise them in a loving and good way.

  • RHJohnson Kalamazoo, MI
    June 25, 2015 9:30 a.m.

    So much more DN might do to shed light on the implications of all this 'diversity.' Can we get more reporting on these minority populations, their challenges living in UT, their challenges being separated from their homelands, their customs, religious beliefs, how their elderly cope and are cared for, how their children navigate local schools, how their college-age young adults navigate higher ed in the state, how they bury and remember their dead, how they identify partners and marry, how they form connections with other populations in the state. The article, with its focus on age differences--an important topic--suffers from the kind of monocultural thinking that prevents us from preparing for that future that these numbers forecast. Maybe DN could hire someone to make this kind of reporting a regular feature of the news, maybe go into these communities and identify journalists, or other good writers who could contribute reporting. It would take some work. But it would make for some great local reporting.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    June 25, 2015 7:23 a.m.

    Here's a shock. Each individual is different in the way they think, act, solve, work with people etc. So each person is "diverse" and contributes in their own way.

    Now if you want to look at race specifically, then just state the race or gender instead of calling it "diversity". Calling a group of people "diverse" is just redundant from the fact that everyone is "diverse".