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Snapshot (Source: Religious Congregations & Membership Data)

  2000 2010 Growth/Decline
Congregations 4,507 5,665 +1,158 (25.7%)
Adherents 923,046 1,194,996 +271,950 (29.5%)


Trends -- Click on a point to see data

(Source: National Council of Churches' Yearbooks)




Membership Data [Download .csv Data]

Year Clergy Congregations Members
1925 835 2,253 112,255
1929 915 2,250 119,843
1931 - - 128,313
1933 - 2,277 135,766
1935 995 2,274 149,595
1937 - 2,362 156,205
1940 - 2,565 176,218
1942 - 2,491 186,478
1944 - 2,531 194,832
1946 - - 208,030
1947 - 2,589 215,545
1950 1,752 2,712 237,168
1951 1,449 2,728 245,974
1952 1,482 2,776 253,889
1953 2,084 2,835 260,742
1954 1,628 2,845 270,079
1955 2,106 2,858 277,162
1956 2,167 2,880 283,140
1957 2,357 2,912 291,567
1958 2,252 2,956 301,826
1959 2,532 3,002 311,535
1960 2,563 3,032 317,852
1961 2,210 3,054 329,152
1962 - 3,261 335,765
1963 2,802 3,125 346,286
1964 2,829 3,326 370,688
1965 2,394 3,156 364,666
1966 2,315 3,163 374,433
1967 3,266 3,180 384,878
1968 3,443 3,202 396,097
1969 3,151 3,216 407,766
1970 3,341 3,218 420,419
1971 3,365 3,235 433,906
1972 3,422 3,278 449,188
1973 3,490 3,301 464,276
1974 3,606 3,333 479,799
1975 3,630 3,386 495,699
1976 3,207 3,446 509,792
1977 3,939 3,482 522,317
1978 4,016 3,591 535,705
1979 4,388 3,672 553,089
1980 4,266 3,730 571,141
1981 4,480 3,769 588,536
1982 4,541 3,826 606,310
1983 4,434 3,907 623,563
1984 5,070 3,949 638,929
1985 4,308 4,009 651,954
1986 5,481 4,055 666,199
1987 4,512 4,096 675,702
1988 4,537 4,145 687,200
1989 4,493 4,193 701,781
1990 4,582 4,217 717,466
1991 4,485 4,229 733,026
1992 4,355 4,261 748,687
1993 4,684 4,270 761,703
1994 4,799 4,303 775,349
1995 5,075 4,297 790,731
1996 5,184 4,363 809,159
1997 4,912 4,348 825,654
1998 5,044 4,405 839,915
1999 5,116 4,421 861,860
2000 5,249 4,486 880,921
2001 5,148 4,594 900,985
2002 4,946 4,619 918,882
2003 5,060 4,683 935,428
2005 5,210 4,750 964,811
2006 5,046 4,820 980,551
2007 5,205 4,833 1,000,472
2008 5,150 4,870 1,021,777
2009 5,067 4,892 1,043,606
2010 5,084 4,916 1,060,386

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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