Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints States (2010) [ Counties | Metro Areas ]
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The main body of Latter-day Saints is headquarted in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the Salt Lake Temple and Tabernacle are located. This church was organized on April 6, 1830 at Fayette, New York by Joseph Smith. Members believe that Joseph Smith was divinely directed to restore the gospel to the earth, and that through him the keys to the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods and temple work also were restored.

Using data from the 1980-2010 Religious Congregations and Membership Studies, this list ranks U.S. states on the highest total number of adherents and the highest percent of the population in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can sort the list by clicking on the column headings.

Congregational "Adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. "Percent" is the percentage of the total population that belongs to that denomination. Note: Adherents are sometimes residents of a county different than the location of their congregation.

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Complete List

Ranking State   [Download CSV]AdherentsPercent
1 Utah
1,910,504
69.12
2 Idaho
409,265
26.11
3 Wyoming
62,804
11.14
4 Nevada
175,149
6.49
5 Arizona
392,918
6.15
6 Hawaii
69,872
5.14
7 Montana
46,484
4.7
8 Alaska
32,170
4.53
9 Washington
267,267
3.97
10 Oregon
147,965
3.86
11 New Mexico
67,637
3.28
12 Colorado
142,473
2.83
13 California
763,818
2.05
14 Nebraska
23,398
1.28
15 South Dakota
9,812
1.21
16 Kansas
34,190
1.2
17 Texas
296,141
1.18
18 Oklahoma
43,033
1.15
19 Virginia
89,800
1.12
20 Missouri
66,071
1.1
21 North Dakota
6,930
1.03
22 Arkansas
27,559
0.95
23 West Virginia
16,710
0.9
24 Iowa
24,614
0.81
24 North Carolina
76,782
0.81
24 South Carolina
37,391
0.81
25 Georgia
77,587
0.8
25 Maine
10,684
0.8
26 Kentucky
31,991
0.74
26 Maryland
42,614
0.74
27 Florida
136,925
0.73
28 Alabama
34,349
0.72
28 Mississippi
21,217
0.72
28 Tennessee
45,675
0.72
29 Vermont
4,384
0.7
30 Indiana
41,290
0.64
31 Louisiana
28,567
0.63
31 New Hampshire
8,231
0.63
32 Minnesota
30,603
0.58
33 Delaware
4,832
0.54
34 Ohio
58,605
0.51
35 Illinois
55,750
0.43
35 Michigan
42,319
0.43
35 Wisconsin
24,496
0.43
36 Connecticut
14,990
0.42
37 New York
78,031
0.4
38 Pennsylvania
49,794
0.39
39 Massachusetts
24,965
0.38
40 New Jersey
31,673
0.36
40 Rhode Island
3,833
0.36
41 District Of Columbia
420
0.07


* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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 the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]




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