Mexican Mormons Multiplied

In a May 22, 2006 "Top Story" on the web site of KUTV (CBS Channel 2 in Salt Lake City, Utah), it was reported that the president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, was visiting Utah.

As Utah is the home of the Mormon church, news outlets there often look for an angle in stories to tie things in to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka, "The Mormons"). Here's how KUTV did it:

"The Mormon church also has a strong presence in Mexico, where in 2004 membership exceeded 1.6 million -- or one in every 105 Mexican nationals."

Pretty impressive, isn't it? Maybe too impressive? Let's do the math.

If 1.6 million people represents just one of 105 of the population, then when you multiply 1.6 million by 105, you get 168 million people. The CIA's July 2006 estimate of the population of Mexico is 107.5 million people.

Apparently, then, between 2004 and this summer, 60.5 million Mexicans have emigrated to Utah.

Source: KUTV news, with the Associate Press contributing.

Posted May 26, 2006

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