Arizona's growing Asian population prompts building boom in mosques, temples

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2001

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- There's a construction boom for temples and mosques in Arizona, as more people of Asian descent make their homes here.

A mosque that will be the state's largest is scheduled to be built in Scottsdale. Another mosque is planned for Chandler. Four other mosques have already been built in the area.

In Scottsdale, a former Church of God has become Arizona's first Hindu temple.

About 5,000 Hindus live in the metropolitan Phoenix area, drawn in part by the technology boom, temple member Ninmala Chhibber said.

Until now, local Hindus have worshipped in private homes.

The census does not track religious affiliation. However, the 2000 census found the Asian population has grown significantly since 1990.

In the eastern Phoenix suburbs alone, the Asian population more than doubled, from 14,716 to 29,481 people.

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