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Latter-day Saint Temples in U.S. States
The temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are separate and distinct from their meetinghouses. There many thousands of Latter-day Saint churches and meetinghouses in the world, but relatively few temples.
Below is a list of all fifty states, and counts of how many Latter-day Saint temples, if any, are in each.
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Temples not yet operating (under construction or planned) are in italics.
Source: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and various sources.
Out of 50 U.S. states, there are Latter-day Saint temples in 32 of them.
The "most Latter-day Saint" state (that is, the state with the highest proportion of members in the population) which doesn't have a temple is Wyoming. Although about 10% of Wyoming residents are Latter-day Saint, the state's population is small and diffuse, and Latter-day Saint membership is most heavily concentrated in western Wyoming, where members are fairly close to temples in Utah and Idaho.
The state with the largest population, yet with no temple operating or planned, is Pennsylvania. With about 12 million residents, Pennsylvania is the 5th most populous state, and has over 33,000 Latter-day Saint residents. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the largest (most populous) city in the U.S. without a temple operating or planned.
One of the states without a temple is Vermont, which is the birthplace of both Joseph Smith, Jr. and Brigham Young, the first and second presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Noting the construction of "historical" temples in Omaha, Nebraska (the "Winter Quarters Temple"), and the relatively remote locations of Palmyra, New York (the site of the Sacred Grove) and Nauvoo, Illinois, it is conceivable that a temple could be built in Sharon, Vermont, the birthplace of Joseph Smith, and the site of an existing monument commemorating that event. At this point, however, such a temple seems unlikely because of the relatively small number of members in the area.
The 18 U.S. states without temples operating or announced are:
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