Regional Relationships: Utah’s Infrastructure Coalition and the Western Slope Counties

Socio-Economic Indicators

The majority of the population change in Utah’s Six County region can be attributed to the long ‘boom cycle’ in the oil/gas industry.

Socio-Economic Data: Neighboring Counties

The median age of almost every county in the region increased since 2000. This is an indicator that though these counties are growing, most of them are not attracting young families. (The US average is approximately 36.8).

Socio-Economic Data: Neighboring Counties

Land Issues

The lack of private, developable land is a fundamentally difficult issue across both regions.

Socio-Economic Data: Neighboring Counties
Socio-Economic Data: Neighboring Counties

Economic Issues

Commodities are a major anchor for both the Utah and Colorado regions.

Socio-Economic Data: Neighboring Counties

The amount of hardship- and age-related payments make-up between 10 and 20% of the money circulating in the separate Coalition counties. These can be important indicators of whether an area has a strong economy. It also shows whether an area is an attractive option to retirees.

Socio-Economic Data: Neighboring Counties
Socio-Economic Data: Neighboring Counties

The tourism potential varies by area, but is a meaningful component of the economy in both Utah and Colorado counties.

Socio-Economic Data: Neighboring Counties

Agriculture and Mining

Though mining is a more significant economic driver on the Utah-side, there are still a number of infrastructure investments that could better connect the region.

Socio-Economic Data: Neighboring Counties
Socio-Economic Data: Neighboring Counties
Socio-Economic Data: Neighboring Counties
 

The mission of the Six County Infrastructure Coalition is to improve the quality of life through cooperative regional planning, increased economic opportunity, and sustainable implementation.