Mormon numbers concentrated in West, most in Utah


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormons in the United States are heavily concentrated in the West, with Utah having by far the most members, a new Gallup survey shows.

Six in 10 Utah residents said they belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the survey shows. That makes it the only state where more than one quarter of residents identify as Mormon. Utah’s percentage is more than double the proportion in any other state: Idaho ranks second with 24 percent of its residents belonging to Mormon church.

The survey shows Wyoming has the third-highest proportion of Mormons with 9 percent. Next on the list is a group of five states that have about 4-5 percent of their residents in the LDS church: Nevada, Montana, Arizona, Hawaii and Alaska.

Washington, Colorado and Oregon round out the top of the list with 3 percent each. Eleven states have so few Mormons the percentage rounds to 0, the Gallup survey shows.

Nationally, Mormons account for about 2 percent of the U.S. adult population. The survey found 51 percent call themselves Protestants or other non-Catholic Christians, making it the largest religious group in the U.S.

 

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