Jain Temples in U.S. States

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Jain Temples in U.S. States

NOTE: The information used to create the tables on this page was obtained from independent Jain web sites, and is not comprehensive. Perhaps the best,most up-to-date source of information on Jain religious centers in the United States is the Harvard Pluralism Project's Directory of Religious Centers (which has not been used as a source for this page).

Jains live primarily in India. Some Jains have emigrated to other countries, such as the United States and Canada. There are more Jain temples and groups in the United States than in any other country outside India.

Below is a list of all fifty U.S. states, and counts of how many Jain temples, if any, are in each. Many of these are shared Hindu/Jain temples, and the name given may be for the Jain group attached to the temple, and not the actual temple itself. This is only a list of temples; there are additional Jain societies, centers and groups in the U.S. without a temple.

 

State

Population

Number of
temples

Temples

California

29,760,021

2

San Jose: Jain Center of Northern California
Buena Park: Jain Center of Southern California

New York

17,990,455

4

Elmhurst: Jain Center of America
Crefzille: Jain Society of Buffalo
Londonville: Jain Society of Capital District, Albany NY
Pittsford: Jain Society of Rochester

Texas

16,986,510

2

Houston: Jain Society of Houston
Richardson: Jain Society of North Texas

Florida

12,937,926

1

West Palm Beach: Jain Society of Southern Florida

Pennsylvania

11,881,643

2

Monroeville: Jain Center of Pittsburgh
Allentown: Jain Sangh of Allentown

Illinois

11,430,602

1

Bartlett: Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago

Ohio

10,847,115

1

Cincinnati: Jain Center of Cincinnati and Dayton

Michigan

9,295,297

1

Farmington Hills: Jain Society of Greater Detroit

New Jersey

7,730,188

3

Essex Fall: Jain Society of New Jersey
Blairstown: Siddhachalam/International Mahavir Jain Mission
Pennsauken: The Jain Sangh of New Jersey

North Carolina

6,628,637

2

Morrisville: Jain Study Center of N. Carolina (Raleigh)
Charlotte: Jain Study Group of Charlotte

Georgia

6,478,216

2

Augusta: Hindu Temple Society of Augusta (Hindu/Jain)
Atlanta: Jain Group of Atlanta

Virginia

6,187,358

--

--

Massachusetts

6,016,425

1

Wellesley: Jain Center of Greater Boston

Indiana

5,544,159

--

--

Missouri

5,117,073

--

--

Wisconsin

4,891,769

--

--

Tennessee

4,877,185

--

--

Washington

4,866,692

--

--

Maryland

4,781,468

1

Silver Springs: Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington

Minnesota

4,375,099

1

Minneapolis: Jain Center of Minnesota

Louisiana

4,219,973

--

--

Alabama

4,040,587

--

--

Kentucky

3,685,296

--

--

Arizona

3,665,228

--

--

South Carolina

3,486,703

1

Simonville: Jain Group of Greenville

Colorado

3,294,394

--

--

Connecticut

3,287,116

--

--

Oklahoma

3,145,585

--

--

Oregon

2,842,321

--

--

Iowa

2,776,755

--

--

Mississippi

2,573,216

--

--

Kansas

2,477,574

--

--

Arkansas

2,350,725

--

--

West Virginia

1,793,477

--

--

Utah

1,722,850

--

--

Nebraska

1,578,385

--

--

New Mexico

1,515,069

--

--

Maine

1,227,928

--

--

Nevada

1,201,833

--

--

New Hampshire

1,109,252

--

--

Hawaii

1,108,229

--

--

Idaho

1,006,749

--

--

Rhode Island

1,003,464

--

--

Montana

799,065

--

--

South Dakota

696,004

--

--

Delaware

666,168

--

--

North Dakota

638,800

--

--

District of Columbia

606,900

--

--

Vermont

562,758

--

--

Alaska

550,043

--

--

Wyoming

453,588

--

--



Source: List of Jain temples, by Premchand (July 1996) from web page: "Jain Centers, Temples and Organizations". State population data are from the U.S. Census Bureau for 1990.

Jain Centers

The following table indicates which states have one or more Jain center, society or group (they may or may not have a temple), according to the JAINA web site (August 15, 1999).

State

Population

Jain Temple?

California

29,760,021

New York

17,990,455

Texas

16,986,510

Florida

12,937,926

Pennsylvania

11,881,643

Illinois

11,430,602

Ohio

10,847,115

Michigan

9,295,297

New Jersey

7,730,188

North Carolina

6,628,637

Georgia

6,478,216

Virginia

6,187,358

Massachusetts

6,016,425

Indiana

5,544,159

Missouri

5,117,073

Wisconsin

4,891,769

Tennessee

4,877,185

Washington

4,866,692

--

Maryland

4,781,468

Minnesota

4,375,099

Louisiana

4,219,973

Alabama

4,040,587

--

Kentucky

3,685,296

--

Arizona

3,665,228

South Carolina

3,486,703

--

Colorado

3,294,394

--

Connecticut

3,287,116

Oklahoma

3,145,585

Oregon

2,842,321

Iowa

2,776,755

--

Mississippi

2,573,216

--

Kansas

2,477,574

--

Arkansas

2,350,725

--

West Virginia

1,793,477

Utah

1,722,850

--

Nebraska

1,578,385

--

New Mexico

1,515,069

--

Maine

1,227,928

--

Nevada

1,201,833

--

New Hampshire

1,109,252

--

Hawaii

1,108,229

--

Idaho

1,006,749

--

Rhode Island

1,003,464

--

Montana

799,065

--

South Dakota

696,004

--

Delaware

666,168

--

North Dakota

638,800

--

Vermont

562,758

--

Alaska

550,043

--

Wyoming

453,588

--



Jain centers are in 25 of the 50 U.S. states. As is typical with recent immigrant groups, Jains centers tend to be only in major metropolitan areas, where enough Jain families live to form a center. Few Jain centers exist in the less populated areas of the U.S., especially in the Western states.


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