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Undercount of Navajo Population May Have Skewed San Juan County Growth Statistics

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Is San Juan County, Utah, really the nation’s fastest-growing county?

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that some experts believe recent Census Bureau statistics indicating the county grew by 7.6 percent in 2016 may be the result of previously uncounted Navajos showing up on the rolls. A census report in March said the county had netted more than 1,000 new residents, bringing its population to nearly 17,000. However, observers said school enrollments and other indicators showed no signs of such an influx. The Tribune notes that an increase in the Navajo population could have significant political ramifications. The county is already court-ordered to redraw its three commission districts because most Navajo residents are stacked into a single district.

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