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Snapshot (Source: Religious Congregations & Membership Data)

  2000 2010 Growth/Decline
Congregations 5,555 5,243 -312 (-5.6%)
Adherents 1,767,462 1,560,572 -206,890 (-11.7%)


Trends -- Click on a point to see data

(Source: National Council of Churches' Yearbooks)




Membership Data [Download .csv Data]

Year Clergy Congregations Members
1971 8,222 6,035 1,562,636
1972 7,599 6,029 1,484,393
1973 7,632 6,020 1,502,759
1974 8,564 6,005 1,579,029
1975 8,416 5,990 1,603,033
1976 8,566 5,937 1,593,574
1977 7,087 5,815 1,316,760
1978 7,299 5,897 1,271,688
1979 8,600 5,814 1,600,521
1980 6,843 5,817 1,607,541
1981 6,951 5,939 1,621,795
1982 6,780 5,851 1,637,099
1984 7,350 5,745 1,620,153
1985 7,822 5,814 1,559,683
1986 7,678 5,864 1,576,483
1987 7,872 5,833 1,568,778
1988 8,276 5,839 1,549,563
1989 8,242 5,833 1,548,573
1990 8,356 5,808 1,535,971
1991 8,421 5,862 1,527,840
1992 7,515 5,875 1,534,078
1993 7,545 5,796 1,516,505
1994 7,670 5,686 1,507,934
1995 8,381 5,823 1,517,400
1996 7,929 5,807 1,503,267
1997 7,846 5,830 -
1998 7,846 3,800 1,507,400
1999 9,049 5,775 1,454,388
2000 8,922 5,756 1,436,909
2001 8,856 5,786 1,442,824
2002 8,582 5,836 1,484,291
2003 8,577 5,834 1,433,075
2004 8,582 5,793 1,424,840
2005 7,524 5,740 1,396,700
2006 6,947 5,659 1,371,278
2007 7,042 5,558 1,358,351
2008 6,308 5,469 1,331,127
2009 6,041 5,402 1,310,505
2010 6,114 5,366 1,308,054

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. The National Council of Churches' data collection was discontinued after the 2012 Yearbook was published, and has been resumed by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The tables and graphs will be updated when the new collection is available. See the Yearbook of 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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