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Utah welcomes 3 millionth resident as Gov. Herbert talks on growth challenges

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Posted at 12:38 PM, Oct 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-26 14:39:37-04

LEHI, Utah - Utah has welcomed its 3 millionth resident as Gov. Herbert and his wife, Jeanette, visited Utah's newest hospital to mark the milestone Monday.

Gov. Herbert met with two families who just had baby girls in the last couple of days at Mountain Point Medical Center.

At the center that opened in June, Gov. Herbert talked about how Utah is going to see 4 million people in the next 16 years.

He said Utah is the fifth fastest-growing state in the country, and the youngest, with the average being 30 years old.

The governor said Utah has a lot of preparations ahead to ensure the state is ready for the growth.

"Investing in education to keep up with the growth pressures is a significant challenge when it comes to the actual dollars we have to invest," Gov. Herbert said. "We have challenges ahead of us but I'm confident we will meet those challenges going forward."