I've been reviewing metro area populations lately, thinking about better ways of organizing state government. That led me to wonder what were the largest metro areas in the United States without a temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And so here they are, together with the metro area's ranking, population, and distance to nearest city with a temple.
- Cleveland, OH (#18): 3.6 million people / 134 miles to Pittsburgh, PA
- Tampa, FL (#21): 3.2 million people / 84 miles to Orlando, FL
- Charlotte, NC (#23): 2.8 million people / 93 miles to Columbia, SC
- Cincinnati, OH (#33): 2.3 million people / 100 miles to Louisville, KY
- Austin, TX (#34): 2.2 million people / 80 miles to San Antonio, TX
- Milwaukee, WI (#37): 2.0 million people / 92 miles to Chicago, IL
- Virginia Beach, VA (#38): 1.9 million people / 107 miles to Richmond, VA
- Greensboro, NC (#39): 1.7 million people / 77 miles to Raleigh, NC
- Jacksonville, FL (#40): 1.7 million people / 141 miles to Orlando, FL
- New Orleans, LA (#41): 1.5 million people / 82 miles to Baton Rouge, LA
I'm not complaining about any of this, I just think it's interesting. I mean, if anyone's to blame, it's probably me: I was a missionary in Milwaukee and I live in Jacksonville. And compared to the rest of the world, all of these metro areas (and distances) are like farts in the windstorm. Here are the top three in the world.
- Jakarta, Indonesia (#2): 34.4 million people / 1,234 miles to Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Delhi, India (#3): 28.1 million people / 1,088 miles to Bengaluru, India
- Mumbai, India (#6): 23.6 million people / 528 miles to Bengaluru, India