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The Baha'i Faith is an independent monotheistic religion with its own sacred scriptures, laws, calendar, and holy days. It was founded by Baha'u'llah in 19th-century Persia. The first public mention of the Baha'i Faith in North America was at the 1893 Parliament of Religions in Chicago, IL. The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States and Canada was incorporated in 1927.

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 who are Bahá'í. 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
12 Alabama
1,441
0.03
2 Alaska
1,353
0.19
4 Arizona
7,659
0.12
11 Arkansas
1,266
0.04
7 California
29,638
0.08
9 Colorado
2,856
0.06
12 Connecticut
1,014
0.03
12 Delaware
279
0.03
6 District Of Columbia
521
0.09
10 Florida
9,110
0.05
7 Georgia
7,690
0.08
9 Hawaii
869
0.06
10 Idaho
814
0.05
11 Illinois
5,715
0.04
13 Indiana
1,319
0.02
12 Iowa
1,019
0.03
10 Kansas
1,324
0.05
13 Kentucky
715
0.02
12 Louisiana
1,319
0.03
8 Maine
898
0.07
10 Maryland
3,109
0.05
11 Massachusetts
2,757
0.04
12 Michigan
2,979
0.03
11 Minnesota
1,896
0.04
12 Mississippi
816
0.03
12 Missouri
1,883
0.03
8 Montana
663
0.07
11 Nebraska
684
0.04
9 Nevada
1,723
0.06
10 New Hampshire
701
0.05
13 New Jersey
1,698
0.02
3 New Mexico
2,884
0.14
12 New York
5,118
0.03
9 North Carolina
5,843
0.06
10 North Dakota
330
0.05
13 Ohio
2,159
0.02
10 Oklahoma
1,840
0.05
3 Oregon
5,281
0.14
14 Pennsylvania
1,884
0.01
12 Rhode Island
273
0.03
1 South Carolina
17,559
0.38
4 South Dakota
1,017
0.12
12 Tennessee
2,050
0.03
10 Texas
13,235
0.05
11 Utah
1,129
0.04
9 Vermont
345
0.06
9 Virginia
4,728
0.06
5 Washington
7,087
0.11
12 West Virginia
520
0.03
11 Wisconsin
2,149
0.04
10 Wyoming
290
0.05


* 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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