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Copyright: 2006
Trim: 7 x 10
Pages: 288
Illustrations: 144 figures, 47 tables


Utah at the Beginning of the New Millennium

A Demographic Perspective

Edited by Cathleen D. Zick and Ken R. Smith


To outsiders, the state of Utah often conjures many unsurprising stereotypes and images: Mormons, polygamy, large families, national parks, and skiing. Is there more to Utah and its residents than these generalizations? Few doubt that the religious institutions in Utah affect the state’s quality of life in many ways. But it is equally true that numerous features of the population are steadily and profoundly altering the very nature of Utah and its residents. This book describes the many fundamental demographic, social, and economic pressures that will likely alter the state’s path in the future.

Utah’s leading social scientists and population-related scholars draw on their specific areas of expertise and analyze Utah’s population using recent sources of data such as the 2000 U.S. Census. The chapters are organized into three broad topical sections: the foundations of Utah’s population (basic demographics), how the nature of the population affects our daily lives (quality of life issues), and the public policy challenges that will face Utah’s leaders (emerging issues).

Cathleen D. Zick is professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies, director of the Master's Program in Public Policy, and investigator in the Institute of Public and International Affairs at the University of Utah.

Ken R. Smith is professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies, investigator in the Institute of Public and International Affairs, and investigator at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah.


Neil H. Ashdown, Stephen J. Bahr, Keith Bartholomew, Lee L. Bean, E. Helen Berry, Matthew J. Burbank, Julie H. Carmalt, Youngtae Cho, Alisa Cox, Dennis J. Downey, Mikaela J. Dufur, Jessie X. Fan, Alison Mary Fraser, Renata Forste, Vincent Kang Fu, Melissa M. Goldstein, Tim B. Heaton, Young-Taek Kim, Lori Kowaleski-Jones, Robert N. Mayer, Heather C. Melton, Geraldine P. Mineau, Kristjane Nordmeyer, Pamela S. Perlich, Sonia Salari, Ken R. Smith, Robert Spendlove, Kristen Sturgill, Michael F. Timberlake, Michael B. Toney, Kelly Palfreyman Troutman, Sven E. Wilson, Nicholas H. Wolfinger, Cathleen D. Zick

Table of Contents:

List of Figures
List of Tables

I. Basic Demographics
1. From the Trailhead to the Summit of Utah's Age Pyramid: Age Structure in Utah
2. High Utah Fertility: Implications for Quality of Life
3. Kinship Structure: Families Past and Present
4. Marriage and Divorce in Utah and the United States: Convergence or Continued Divergence?
5. Dyin' in Zion: Longevity and Mortality in Utah
6. The Role of Migration in Changing and Sustaining Utah

II. Quality of Life Issues
7. Economic Portraits of Utah Households
8. Washbasin and Range: Consumption Patterns of Utah Consumers
9. Social Risk Factors and Health in Utah
10. Education in Utah: Inputs and Outcomes
11. Crime in Utah
12. Religious Membership in Utah: Growth without Change
13. Are the Children All Right? Assessing Child Health and Well-Being in Utah
14. Adolescent Well-Being

III. Emerging Population Issues
15. Single Parents in a Two-Parent State: The Characteristics of Single-Parent Households in Utah
16. The Elderly Population of Utah: A Small Proportion with Rapid Growth
17. Immigration: Contributions to Utah Population Growth and Diversity
18. Diversity in Deseret: Patterns of Race and Ethnic Segregation and Inequality in Utah
19. Metropolitan Utah: Making the Desert Bloom—with Ice Cream Parlors and Latte Stands
20. Rural Utah Ain't What It Was: What Is Rural in Utah and How Is It Changing?
21. Political Change in a Conservative State
22. Modeling Scenarios of Growth: How Data Helps Policy Makers Plan for the Future


Praise and Reviews:

"This book examines Utah’s social, political, religious, and demographic elements—past and present. It will be a useful tool for researchers, advocates, and policy makers in assessing and developing effective policy and community action on behalf of children and families."
—Karen Crompton, executive director of Voices for Utah Children

"...a concisely documented study of Utah's economic, religious, scientific, ethical, and cultural history."
Midwest Book Review

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