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Denominational Profile

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1931 - - 4,081,242
1935 1,751 3,118 4,081,242
1936 - 3,728 4,641,000
1946 - - 4,641,000
1949 - 3,728 5,000,000
1950 3,550 - -
1951 - 3,876 5,000,000
1952 - 3,965 5,000,000
1953 - 3,990 5,000,000
1954 3,965 4,079 5,500,000
1960 4,945 - 5,367,000
1961 5,070 - 5,509,000
1962 5,190 - 5,585,000
1963 - - 5,600,000
1965 5,800 4,700 5,725,000
1966 6,200 4,700 5,780,000
1970 6,400 5,000 5,870,000
1971 6,400 5,000 5,870,000
1972 6,400 5,000 6,115,000
1977 6,400 5,000 5,775,935
1978 5,300 3,500 5,781,000
1979 5,300 3,500 5,860,900
1980 5,300 3,500 5,920,900
1981 5,300 3,500 5,921,205
1982 6,500 3,500 5,725,000
1983 6,500 3,500 5,828,075
1984 6,500 3,416 5,817,000
1985 6,500 3,416 5,834,635
1986 6,500 3,416 5,814,000
1987 6,500 3,416 5,943,700
1988 6,500 3,416 5,935,700
1989 6,500 3,416 5,944,000
1990 6,500 3,416 5,981,000

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]