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Snapshot

  2000 2010 Growth/Decline
Congregations 10,739 9,846 -893 (-8.3%)
Adherents 5,113,418 4,181,219 -932,199 (-18.2%)


Year-by-Year (Click on a point to see data)




Membership Data [Download .csv Data]

Year Clergy Congregations Members
1987 17,052 11,133 5,288,230
1988 16,083 11,120 5,251,534
1989 17,246 11,067 5,238,798
1990 17,402 11,087 5,240,739
1991 17,426 11,074 5,245,177
1992 17,416 11,055 5,234,568
1993 17,455 11,023 5,212,785
1994 17,322 10,973 5,199,048
1995 17,425 10,955 5,190,489
1996 17,402 10,936 5,180,910
1997 17,510 10,889 5,185,055
1998 17,589 10,862 5,178,225
1999 17,611 10,851 5,149,668
2000 17,651 10,816 5,125,919
2001 17,693 10,766 5,099,877
2002 17,706 10,721 5,038,006
2003 17,666 10,657 4,984,925
2004 17,725 10,585 4,930,429
2005 17,665 10,549 4,850,776
2006 17,655 10,470 4,774,203
2007 17,619 10,448 4,709,956
2008 17,660 10,396 4,633,887
2009 17,609 10,348 4,542,868
2010 17,258 9,995 4,274,855

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]


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