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Snapshot (Source: Religious Congregations & Membership Data)

  2000 2010 Growth/Decline
Congregations 5,471 5,293 -178 (-3.3%)
Adherents 1,439,253 1,453,160 +13,907 (1.0%)


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(Source: National Council of Churches' Yearbooks)




Membership Data [Download .csv Data]

Year Clergy Congregations Members
1970 5,987 4,688 1,020,751
1972 7,314 5,901 1,036,288
1973 6,934 5,479 1,036,460
1974 6,272 5,436 1,034,047
1975 6,525 5,482 1,049,816
1976 - 5,436 1,040,856
1978 7,279 5,468 1,044,842
1979 7,689 5,535 1,054,266
1981 8,074 5,605 1,063,254
1983 - 5,502 1,043,642
1985 6,238 5,487 1,051,469
1986 5,476 5,566 1,063,469
1987 7,041 5,614 1,071,995
1988 6,596 5,579 1,071,616

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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