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  2000 2010 Growth/Decline
Congregations 5,863 5,225 -638 (-10.9%)
Adherents 1,698,918 1,284,296 -414,622 (-24.4%)


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Year Clergy Congregations Members
1962 8,528 6,894 2,056,696
1963 8,479 6,886 2,023,611
1964 8,692 6,957 2,067,223
1965 8,692 6,960 2,070,413
1966 8,774 6,945 2,063,481
1967 9,047 6,908 2,052,857
1968 9,058 6,866 2,032,648
1969 10,171 6,803 1,997,898
1970 10,121 6,727 1,960,608
1971 9,378 6,688 1,928,674
1972 9,480 6,635 1,895,016
1973 9,464 6,617 1,867,810
1974 9,526 6,581 1,841,312
1975 9,536 6,552 1,818,762
1976 9,607 6,528 1,801,241
1977 9,739 6,512 1,785,652
1979 9,692 6,467 1,745,533
1980 9,870 6,462 1,736,244
1981 10,008 6,443 1,726,244
1982 10,029 6,461 1,716,723
1983 10,095 6,427 1,701,513
1984 10,157 6,419 1,696,107
1985 10,085 6,408 1,683,777
1986 10,071 6,406 1,676,105
1987 10,080 6,395 1,662,568
1988 10,145 6,362 1,644,787
1989 9,870 6,388 1,625,969
1990 9,635 6,260 1,599,212
1991 10,171 6,301 1,583,830
1992 10,203 6,264 1,555,382
1993 10,230 6,225 1,530,178
1994 10,213 6,180 1,501,310
1995 10,256 6,145 1,472,213
1996 10,311 6,110 1,452,565
1997 10,296 6,061 1,438,181
1998 10,303 6,017 1,421,088
1999 10,302 5,961 1,401,682
2000 10,263 5,923 1,377,320
2001 10,347 5,888 1,359,105
2002 10,364 5,850 1,330,985
2003 10,323 5,738 1,296,652
2004 10,255 5,682 1,265,786
2005 10,231 5,567 1,224,297
2006 10,268 5,452 1,218,541
2007 10,745 5,377 1,145,281
2008 10,201 5,320 1,111,691
2009 10,191 5,287 1,080,199

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]