Rocky Mountain high: Utah and its neighbors see big population gains

WASHINGTON Restaurateurs looking for booming states to tackle should look toward Utah, according to U.S. population-growth estimates released Monday.

Utah’s population grew 2.5 percent to 2.7 million from July 1, 2007, to July 1 of this year, making it the country’s fastest-growing state, the U.S. Census Bureau reported.

Arizona was the second-fastest growing, increasing 2.3 percent between 2007 and 2008. Texas, North Ca

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