Early Mormons may have ruled the roost in Salt Lake, but the truth is Salt Lake has always been diverse. Folks of all backgrounds and abilities call the area home and welcome visitors. This cultural heritage is still celebrated today with annual festivals like Greek Fest and Nihon Matsuri. With the discovery of gold and silver, miners from all over also came to the area to try their luck, diversifying the religious practices in the area.
Racial and ethnic composition among Mormons
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Numbering between 8, and 9, people, Utah's Southeast Asian community is relatively small, although the group's racial distinctiveness and rapid growth have made its presence and cultural traditions particularly visible. The community originated in the s and s when a handful of migrant laborers from the Philippines settled in the state. For the next fifty years this small community experienced only sporadic and modest growth. But war in Southeast Asia in the s changed many things, including Utah's demographics. In , when a ceasefire was called in Vietnam and U. During the next fifteen years, 12, refugees were resettled in Utah. This large influx, added to a significant number of voluntary immigrants from the Philippines and a small migration from Thailand, resulted in the phenomenal growth of the state's Southeast Asian population.
Salt Lake County is now minority Mormon, and the impacts are far reaching
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With major implications on everything from the classroom to the church pews, from the Capitol to the dinner table, an unrelenting demographic shift has hit a major milestone: Fewer than half the people living in Salt Lake County are on the rolls of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The membership numbers come from the church itself, initially handed over to state officials to assist in making population estimates. In Utah overall, the percentage of Latter-day Saints is