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Snapshot

  2000 2010 Growth/Decline
Congregations 13,027 12,584 -443 (-3.4%)
Adherents 1,645,584 1,584,162 -61,422 (-3.7%)


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Membership Data [Download .csv Data]

Year Clergy Congregations Members
1929 2,507 6,226 433,714
1931 - - 433,714
1933 - - 433,714
1935 2,507 6,226 433,714
1936 - 3,815 309,551
1937 - 6,226 -
1946 - - 309,551
1947 - 10,000 682,172
1950 7,000 - -
1951 - 14,500 1,000,000
1952 15,500 16,000 1,500,000
1953 - 15,000 1,500,000
1954 - 16,500 1,600,000
1955 15,500 16,500 1,600,000
1956 8,500 16,250 1,700,000
1957 - 16,500 1,750,000
1958 12,500 17,500 2,000,000
1959 - 17,850 2,007,650
1960 8,366 18,680 2,163,493
1961 10,000 18,500 2,250,000
1965 7,000 18,500 2,350,000
1968 6,200 18,000 2,400,000
1976 12,800 17,000 2,500,000
1978 16,200 17,550 3,000,000
1979 - 12,700 1,600,000
1980 - 12,271 1,600,222
1982 - 12,750 1,605,000
1983 - 13,056 1,600,000
1984 - 13,100 1,600,500
1985 - 13,150 1,604,000
1987 - 13,364 1,623,754
1989 - 13,375 1,626,000
1990 - 13,134 1,683,346
1992 - 13,174 1,684,872
1993 10,000 13,013 1,651,103
1994 10,000 13,013 1,651,103
1995 10,000 13,020 1,655,000
1996 13,000 14,000 2,250,000
1997 15,850 14,400 1,800,000
1999 16,350 15,000 1,500,000
2005 16,350 15,000 1,639,495
2006 - 13,000 1,639,495

Notes

Snapshot

2000 and 2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by ASARB.

Year-by-Year

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]