Wednesday, February 6, 2013

More jobs, better roads top priorities in coming year in Davis County

With a median income higher than the Utah average and an unemployment rate lower than the national average, Davis County is continuing to recover from the recession, Commission Chairman John Petroff Jr. said Tuesday.

But he added, "Even though we are doing better than average, we still need to do better. And we will."

The state’s low tax rates have made the area a prime location for expansion, according to Petroff. He said the Davis Unified Economic Development Group — which includes county and city leaders, real estate agents and others in the financial field — helps in the effort by identifying sites for various types of projects.

He also praised the nearly 900 Davis County employees, saying they provide services efficiently and work hard to sharpen their skills by getting certifications or continuing their education. Many are considered experts in their fields, he said.

Facts and statistics provided by Petroff include:

  • Davis County, which is made up of 15 cities and Hill Air Force Base, covers 304 square miles and had approximately 312,000 residents as of 2011.
  • The estimated median household income in 2010 was $64,840 in Davis County and $54,740 in Utah.
  • The county unemployment rate as of December was 5.2 percent, one of the lowest in the nation.
Petroff, who spoke for about 10 minutes, has posted more information about the state of the county on Salt Lake Tribune