updated 15 April 05
This section provides information that will help a county develop and update their social-economic profile.
This section addresses:
A social-economic profile should describe how the county's history, culture, character, and communities have been shaped by, and are connected to, their physical surroundings. To do this, a county should:
compile their social-economic profile ( see information sources ), and
The Governor's Office of Planning & Budget recently compiled profiles on a number of counties. The county profiles are an excellent template, but the state-wide profile should also be consulted to further establish the local context. These profiles can be found at - http://www.planning.utah.gov/usfsprofiles.htm
The Six County Association of Governments has also compiled social-economic profiles for their member counties and communities in central Utah . These profiles can be found at - http://www.sixcounty.com/site/index.php?module=pagemaster&PAGE_user_op=view_page&PAGE_id=32
Note: Estimates are usually for the present and past, while projections are estimates for future dates.
Population Data :
Any population data is an indication of the demand on resources. Once a county knows about past population counts, it can better understand the impact of population on the local economy in the past.
Following an examination of the past, a county can look at the probable future and the potential impact on local resources.
Age groups give a county a more detailed snapshot of specific groups that may have higher demands on resources.
Similar to age groups, racial and ethnic composition gives a county an idea of the groups that may have a higher demand on local resources. San Juan County, for example, will have a significant impact from the American Indian population.
Where is the population concentrated? Where are these population centers and what impact might they have on the county's resources.
Economic Data :
Employment data is an indicator of the overall economy of a region. It may help establish linkages to the public lands and associated resources in the area.
Wage data specifies the impact of employment on the economy.
Historic job growth data provides a relative measure of how the local economy compares to the State and Nation.
Unemployment data provides another indication of the health of the local economy.
The impact of federal vs. local government on the local economy.
Given the history, a county can make projections about the areas of the economy that will change and, therefore, impact the economy in the future.
Industry shares of total employment show the areas of specialization that will most impact the future of the economy. For example, changes in mining employment has a significant impact on the Emery County economy.
Income data provides a measure of the relative purchasing power of local households (as compared to the state).
Total income data provides another measure of an area's economic growth by the sum of all income in the area.
Poverty data provides a measurement of economic well-being by looking at people in need. It also shows the potential difficulties faced by government in that area, as the impoverished require more government services.
Educational data provides an indication of an area's ability to adjust to changes in the economy.