Analysis shows shifting demographics of children identified with autism


  • 1 in 36 or 2.8% of children across all 11 sites were identified with autism, which is similar to the rate in Utah.
  • In Utah, and across all sites, boys were 3.2 to 3.8 times more likely to be identified with autism than girls.
  • In Utah in 2020, the prevalence of Hispanic children identified with autism rose compared to previous years and now exceeds the rate in white children.
  • 4-year-olds were more likely to have been identified with autism by 48 months of age than 8-year-olds when they were that age.
  • Of the 11 sites, Utah had the lowest rate of autism in this age group.
  • Of the 11 sites, Utah had among the highest number of children who were suspected to have autism but had not yet received a diagnosis.
  • After the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the rate of children identified with ASD slowed down.

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