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 Salt Lake Tribune reports.
The membership numbers come from the LDS church itself, initially handed over to state officials to assist in making population estimates.
The Utah-based faith provided the same numbers to The Salt Lake Tribune.
They show Salt Lake County’s population is now 48.91 percent Latter-day Saint, the lowest since at least the 1930s, according to the available records.
There are 558,607 people on the church membership rolls in the state’s largest county, which has an estimated population of 1,142,077.
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