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Office of Health Disparities

Hispanic & Latino Health

Hispanics/Latinos in Utah

History

The Spanish were the first non-indigenous people to travel to Utah, beginning with the Juan Rivera (1765) and Dominguez-Escalante (1776) expeditions. Permanent Hispanic communities first emerged in the 1890s near Monticello along the Old Spanish Trail. Utah’s Hispanic/Latino population was initially comprised of people from Mexico and the southwestern U.S., with an influx of people from Central and South America beginning to make Utah home following World War II.

Population

Of Utah’s 371,000 Hispanics/Latinos,1 the largest groups are Mexican (275,095), Spaniard/Spanish (18,250), Salvadoran (11,023), Peruvian (9,053), Guatemalan (7,400), and Puerto Rican (7,215).2 Between 2000 and 2010, this population experienced a 78% growth rate, from 201,559 to 358,340.3

Sociodemographics

The median age of Utah Hispanics/Latinos in 2014 is 23.6 years with a sex distribution of 51.6% males and 48.4 females.1

“Hispanic or Latino” is a category that includes anyone who traces ancestry to Latin America, Spain, or Spanish “culture or origin.”4 About 40% of Hispanics/Latinos are foreign-born.5 Hispanics/Latinos are more likely to speak a non-English language at home than any other Utah community, with Spanish being the most spoken language after English.5 Many Brazilians consider themselves “Latino” (not necessarily “Hispanic”) and Portuguese is the sixth-most spoken language in Utah.6 Nearly 8% of Utah Hispanics/Latinos hold a bachelor’s degree. 7

RACE/ETHNICITY

Population

Median
Age (Years)

%
Male

%
Female

Foreign Born

Other
Language

Bachelor’s
Degree

White

2,601,525

29.4

50.2%

49.8%

5.3%

9.2%

20.5%

Hispanic/Latino

370,870

23.6

51.6%

48.4%

40.0%

67.1%

8.2%

Asian

80,037

26.8

47.5%

52.5%

48.2%

57.1%

24.2%

American Indian/ Alaska Native

59,338

24.1

49.6%

50.4%

2.5%

31.4%

8.7%

Black/African American

47,856

19.6

55.2%

44.8%

17.2%

22.8%

14.5%

Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander

37,994

20.2

52.2%

47.8%

21.3%

44.0%

11.2%

1US Census Bureau, Annual Estimates of the Resident Population by Sex, Age, Race Alone or in Combination, 2014 Population Estimates, Table PEPA SR5H. 2US Census Bureau, ACS 2009-2013 5-Year Estimates, Table B03001. 3U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000 Summary File 2 (SF2), Table DP-1; Census 2010 Summary File 2 ( SF 2), Table DP-1. 4https://www.census.gov/topics/population/hispanic-origin/about.html/. 5U.S. Census Bureau, ACS 2011-2013 3-Year Estimates, Table S0201. 6US Census Bureau, ACS 2009-2013 5-Year Estimates, Table B16001. Portuguese is also spoken by non-Hispanic/Latinos from Portugal and former Portuguese colonies in Africa and Asia. 7U.S. Census Bureau, ACS 2006-2010 5-Year Estimates, Table B15002.

Other OHD Produced Reports

Moving Forward in 2016: Fifteen Years of Health Data by Race and Ethnicity for Utah Hispanics/Latinos
This profile presents trend date from 2005, 2010, and 2015 editions of the Health Status by Race and Ethnicity reports illustrating trends in specific health indicators and health risks among Hispanics/Latinos in Utah.

Latinos in the 2010 Elections: Utah
The Pew Research Center provides demographic information about Latino voters in Utah.

Utah Latino Health and Disability Needs Assessment
This study was done by Utah State University for the Utah Department of Health in 2006 and describes the needs of Utah Latinos with disabilities.

Utah Health Disparities Summary 2009

Minority Communities

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