Demographics/Cost of Living

Davis County has an ever expanding and diverse population.  County population has grown 23% from 235,364 in 1999 to 306,479 in 2010.  We are expected to grow another 14% over the next 5 years to over 350,000 people by 2015.  

Davis County has over 145,000 employees in the labor force.  Our main focus for economic development is to reduce the out migration of employees to other counties for employment.  As we grow our business base and job opportunities our out migration will come down to a point that we will draw from other counties for employees.  While our employ base is 145,411 we draw regionally from the surrounding counties.  Total employment base to draw from exceeds 800,000.  We have a median age of 28.6 compared to a state average of 29.2.  Utah is known for its young educated workforce.  We have one of the youngest and most educated labor force in Utah.  

“We have direct access to what is arguably the best segment of Utah’s workforce”
Clark Skeen, Quantronix

Other quick facts about Davis County employment are:
  • Per Capita Income - $33,104 which is below the state average
  • Median Household Income - $65,892
  • Average Monthly Non-farm Wage - $3,065

While Davis County has one of the smallest land masses in Utah it is the third largest county.  Because this is the case, the county and cities have to utilize smart growth and develop a strong base of housing, retail and livable wage jobs.  This process has started and we will continue to attract all three sectors to our county.

The State of Utah has a 2010 population of 2.9 million. Davis County is the 3rd largest county in the State of Utah with a population of 306,479.  The Governor’s Office estimates the 2020 population of Utah to be 3.65 million and Davis County to be 369,467.  Over the last ten years Utah had the 2nd highest growth rate (23.8%), behind Nevada, with a population growth rate of 2.3% between 2009 and 2010; by comparison, the U.S. growth rate over the last ten years was 9.79%. Once again, Utah ranks as the youngest state in the U.S. with a median age of 29.2 (U.S. median was 37.2)

Cost of Living Comparison (Salt Lake City, UT; Layton, UT; Davis County, UT; US Average)
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Cost of Living Category Ogden Clearfield MSA Salt Lake City, UT Denver, CO United States
Overall 90.5 94.8 105.3 100
Grocery 94.9 92 102.6 100
Health 86.3 91 105.4 100
Housing 80.1 90.4 114.2 100
Utilities 102.8 80.8 89.5 100
Transportation 93.5 95.5 94 100
Miscellaneous 93.7 93.4 106.8 100
 

What Customers are Paying

Utah has the 4th cheapest electricity in the nation. Hawaii has the most expensive.

By state, here's what customers paid in cents per kilowatt hour in 2011: [4]

State Price State Price State Price
Wyoming $6.50 North Carolina $8.69 Michigan $10.42
Idaho $6.54 New Mexico $8.71 Pennsylvania $10.56
Washington $6.73 Minnesota $8.81 Florida $10.78
Utah $7.13 Virginia $8.85 Delaware $11.66
Kentucky $7.18 Mississippi $8.85 Maryland $12.19
North Dakota $7.47 South Carolina $8.88 Maine $12.66
Arkansas $7.52 Kansas $9.00 D.C. $12.98
Iowa $7.71 Illinois $9.06 Rhode Island $13.38
West Virginia $7.82 Ohio $9.09 Vermont $13.75
Louisiana $7.84 Alabama $9.17 California $13.99
Oklahoma $7.94 Tennessee $9.18 Massachusetts $14.33
Nebraska $7.97 Nevada $9.23 New Jersey $14.53
Oregon $8.03 Texas $9.28 New Hampshire $14.80
Indiana $8.04 Colorado $9.45 Alaska $15.89
South Dakota $8.08 Georgia $9.81 New York $16.16
Montana $8.25 Arizona $9.89 Connecticut $16.34
Missouri $8.56 Wisconsin $10.26 Hawaii $31.01
U.S. Average $10.06
Sources
  1. Forstall, Richard L. (1995-27-03). "Utah population by county, 1900-90". census.gov. Retrieved 2009-05-14.
  2. "Davis County, Utah". Retrieved 2009-05-14.
  3. ACCRA Cost of Living Index, Annual Average 2010
  4. Energy Information Administration