These two Utah hot spots are among the nation's top growing, census data shows

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  • Danite Salt Lake City, UT
    April 19, 2019 11:15 a.m.

    My family settled Tooele County in the 1850’s, a lot has changed, and a lot will change. Growth is inevitable, and shouldn’t be feared. I just hope we have vision and a plan, so that we can grow in a healthy sustainable way in order to preserve the things we feel are most important.

  • Enough is enough! Saint George, UT
    April 19, 2019 5:37 a.m.

    @Steaknwings. Thanks for the “lesson” in local politics. I AM SO AWARE of the inability of many local high school students being unable to come home to St. George for employment after higher education. My children are SIXTH generation natives of SG!! No one is more aware than I am. MY ancestors helped build this town.

    The housing is so ridiculously expensive my children can’t afford to come. We are overrun by many who move here but then want it to BE California. Or they want us to look like Tucson and lambast anyone with a front lawn, yet, if they hadn’t moved here we would still have enough water. Our streets and some highways are overcrowded most of the time and shut down several times a year because of sporting and other events catering to visitors. Restaurants are so crowded that working locals don’t have the time to wait behind the thousands flocking here. Schools are crowded, classroom sizes huge, children (some with drugs and gang issues) are coming in with parents who think SG would be a perfect location for their children to get aware from those influences. Open space is gone. Pollution is here. It’s an endless list, caused in great part by greed.

  • SteaknWings Philadelphia, PA
    April 18, 2019 2:27 p.m.

    Enough is enough!

    "The growth in St. George is sickening to everyone except the mayor and the developers...Shame on the current leaders!"
    Do you have any idea how many St. George locals have essentially been forced to leave the place they love due to a lack of quality employment opportunities? This especially applies to graduates of Dixie State and the local high schools. This is now changing due to the right kind of growth and quality leadership that has assisted in that growth. But by all means go ahead believing that everyone, outside of the Mayor and other leaders, prefers that we keep these opportunities away from St. George.
    Rapid growth can certainly cause problems though, but of course Mayor Pike was also quoted in the article as saying he didn't mind seeing St. George slide down the growth list a bit.

  • Justmythoughts Provo, UT
    April 18, 2019 1:03 p.m.

    If only growth that comes to Utah could be spread out to communities who aren't along the Wasatch Front or in St. George. It would be better for everyone. I dread driving to Salt Lake City because of the congestion and avoid it at all costs. I also used to enjoy St. George but it too is getting very crowded. The middle of the state is awesome with so much to offer, clean air, friendly people, reasonable property costs, nice communities... but very little growth. The only growth we get lately is retired couples from California who bring their politics with them.

  • CentralcoastUte San luis obispo , CA
    April 18, 2019 12:54 p.m.

    @liberal mormon,
    You mean environmental protection and sustainable growth like we have here in California? Our environment is shot. Our streets are trashed and full of feces. We can't keep our forests from burning down from over growth. Our cities are full of smog and a middle class family can't make it and will forever remain poor due to over taxation and unsustainable growth. These are all facts and are not even debatable. Every other blue state has the same problems. And I didn't even mention crime which is a separate topic.

  • Enough is enough! Saint George, UT
    April 18, 2019 12:48 p.m.

    The growth in St. George is sickening to everyone except the mayor and the developers. “Growth at any cost” is the mantra. There WON’T BE enough water in the near future and the Lake Powell pipeline is absurd. We need to slow the flow of people but our city leaders just don’t get it. They want to be Silicon Slopes South. What a nice legacy to leave to the natives here who made this a nice place and who have been pushed aside. Shame on the current leaders!

  • Seldom Seen Smith Orcutt, CA
    April 18, 2019 11:50 a.m.

    “Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” - Edward Abbey

  • Flipphone , 00
    April 18, 2019 11:01 a.m.

    I can understand the desire for population growth but once population becomes large enough to support what ever services desired further population growth becomes a nightmare from traffic to housing cost.

    Take the St. George as an example. Additional water is need to support more growth at the same time growth kills the desirability of living in that community.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    April 18, 2019 10:55 a.m.

    I am not really sure why folks are on here complaining about economic growth... you could have economic stagnancy and decay .... I will take growth anytime

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    April 18, 2019 10:22 a.m.

    @ Brad James. You're right. Water will be the ultimate arbitrator in St. George, and all of Southenr Utah.

  • geekusprimus Little Elm, TX
    April 18, 2019 9:52 a.m.

    Whether people like it or not, Utah is growing, and it will continue to grow in the foreseeable future. This leaves people with two options:
    1. Plan for the growth so that we have intelligent infrastructure that keeps the roads running smooth, the cost of living low, and safeguards Utah's natural resources and environment. The DFW in Texas is a good example of what happens when you start adjusting your infrastructure and planning with growth in mind.
    2. Fight against the growth and complain as the Wasatch Front devolves into a snarled mess of traffic, pollution, strained utilities, and high home prices due to a lack of planning. For a good reference, see Los Angeles or San Francisco.
    Change is hard, but it happens whether you like it or not. Dig in your feet, whine, complain, and refuse to adapt, but that idyllic country landscape isn't coming back. If you don't like the growth, move.

  • All American Herriman, UT
    April 18, 2019 9:09 a.m.

    Vonsvomit - I like your ideas but unfortunately, putting the brakes on growth will also cause housing costs to skyrocket, just like the San Franciso area where "cracker box-size" homes sell for millions.

    Liberal Mormon - Please take a look at California, Chicago, Baltimore and other "blue" states and cities. We don't want "blue" here because dems ruin everything they touch. The evidence is starkly obvious.

  • Husker2 , 00
    April 18, 2019 8:54 a.m.

    The vast majority of the growth in the Provo/Orem metro area is not in Provo or Orem. It's in northern and southern Utah County. The traffic congestion is going to be scary when Utah Valley is finally filled to capacity.

  • Liberal Mormon Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2019 8:52 a.m.

    So long as this growth changes the voting demographics and minimizes the cultural/political dominance of these regions, I'm OK with it. Make Utah more blue to make it better for sustainable growth and environmental protection.

  • ZHunt St George, UT
    April 18, 2019 8:36 a.m.

    St George was a pleasant and easy place to live not that long ago. The growth has brought crowded streets and clogged traffic, long lines at the checkout counter and more haze in our air. They should stop promoting the national parks and focus on preserving what little quality of life that is left.

  • hikeswithdogs Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2019 8:16 a.m.

    Lake Powell is already less than 1\2(mead is almost as bad) of what it should be PLEASE DO NOT support taking more water from the Lake Powell just so more people can build mega mansions in the desert, its just not even remotely sustainable.

  • Vonsvomit Tooele, UT
    April 18, 2019 7:57 a.m.

    I just laugh and laugh thinking how Governor Herbert and his technology corridor is destroying Utah one house and one shoddy business deal at a time. It is funny how the state government will not listen to the citizens of this state and STOP the growth the state is currently seeing.

    The excuses given by those in office that Utah citizens want large families and that Utah wants high paying jobs are nothing but flat out lies. What state officials like to gloss over is most people here want growth to slow or stop all together. The people here do not want the uber expensive cost of housing, the ever rising property taxes, the loss of natural resources, the high crime the state is now experiencing, and the ever present year round smog.

    That is what Utah wants...Forget the Amazon distribution center, forget the In land port. Forget the technology corridor. Stop the growth. Stop the construction of new homes. Start protecting the natural resources that has made this state the greatest place to live.

  • BradJames Manti, UT
    April 18, 2019 7:46 a.m.

    St. George is so much different than when my mom was a little girl (she grew up there) and in my own life, I have witnessed tremendous growth. Many of the neighborhoods are like where I did my mission in Tucson. St. George is like Tucson Jr. and that's not a bad thing. Tucson's a great "big brother" to emulate. I just hope there will always be enough water.

  • rfrmac South Jordan, UT
    April 18, 2019 6:58 a.m.

    I hope the Federal Government will finally give the go-ahead to build the Lake Powell water pipeline. Maybe then Utah can start using more of it's water rights for Utah people instead of passing it down to the Lower Basin States for free.

  • Pooh Bear Bella Vista, AR
    April 18, 2019 6:36 a.m.

    We left the Wasatch Front specifically because it is already getting way too crowded with no end in sight and because land and housing costs are astronomical. Five and six thousand square-foot homes compressed on 1/5 acre lots and elbow-to-elbow with next-door neighbors is nuts. And, as many of the article's pictures show, they all look alike - same shapes, same colors. No, thank you. The mountains are lovely as is the blue sky, but as for the rest . . .

  • Sirbobg Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2019 5:59 a.m.

    Why are state leaders so obsessed with growth? One only has to take a drive up American Fork canyon, or really any of the major canyons along the Wasatch Front, to know they’re choosing money over the preservation and quality of life for locals.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2019 10:10 p.m.

    Some people in the state are determined to turn the Wasatch Front into another Silicon Valley at the expense of pushing more local residents out, creating more homelessness, and unaffordable housing for some of our more critical residents like teachers, fire fighters, police, and older lifelong residents of the state. Also, young families who won't be able to afford to live here. One only has to look at San Francisco and Seattle as prime examples. This really isn't something to be proud of.