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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1830 - Present) - Religious Group

Religious Family: Latter-day Saints (Mormonism)
Religious Tradition: Latter-day Saints
Description: The main body of Latter-day Saints is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the Salt Lake Temple and Tabernacle are located. This church was organized on April 6, 1830 in 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.
Official Site: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/?lang=eng

Connections: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


 
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Maps: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints1

Adherence Rate per 1,000 (2020)

Congregations (2020)



Top 5 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints States (2020)1 [View all States]

Rank State Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Utah 5239 2,126,216 649.90
2 Idaho 1184 462,069 251.25
3 Wyoming 172 67,729 117.41
4 Arizona 932 436,521 61.04
5 Nevada 353 184,703 59.49

Top 5 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Counties (2020)1 [View all Counties]

Rank County Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Franklin County, ID 37 16,095 1,133.93
2 Rich County, UT 9 2,763 1,100.80
3 Garfield County, UT 15 4,605 905.96
4 Bear Lake County, ID 17 5,542 869.74
5 Morgan County, UT 26 10,634 864.90

Top 5 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Metro Areas (2020)1 [View all Metro Areas]

Rank Metro Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Provo-Orem, UT Metro Area 1356 554,604 826.31
2 Logan, UT-ID Metro Area 276 113,846 772.63
3 St. George, UT Metro Area 284 116,156 644.31
4 Ogden-Clearfield, UT Metro Area 1083 442,947 637.46
5 Idaho Falls, ID Metro Area 213 92,507 587.61

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Members (1925 - 2010)2


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ministers & Churches (1925 - 2010)2


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Trends (1925 - 2010)2

YEAR MEMBERS MINISTERS CHURCHES
1925 535,659 4,241 1,062
1929 596,108 4,435 1,448
1931 468,386
1933 638,761 1,401
1935 666,594 4,476 1,354
1937 690,401 1,519
1939 724,401 1,499
1941 816,774 1,598
1944 870,346 1,757
1946 911,279
1947 916,789 1,815
1950 1,111,314 2,117
1952 1,077,285 200 2,348
1953 1,179,887 2,619
1955 1,230,021 2,624
1956 1,289,581 2,869
1957 1,339,638 3,002
1958 1,394,729 3,139
1959 1,457,735 3,290
1960 1,486,887 3,491
1961 1,595,390 3,566
1962 1,682,096 3,780
1963 1,787,896 4,504 4,018
1964 1,850,000 4,060
1965 1,789,175 4,222
1966 2,480,899 4,022
1967 1,891,965 4,413
1968 1,930,811 13,205 3,962
1970 2,073,146 15,921 4,828
1971 2,133,072 17,272 4,995
1972 2,185,810 17,133 5,112
1973 2,208,045 18,855 5,162
1974 2,267,866 18,096 5,401
1975 2,336,715 18,546 5,529
1976 2,391,892 19,269 5,739
1977 2,486,261 20,490 5,955
1978 2,952,000 21,536 6,272
1979 2,706,000 23,073 6,738
1980 2,811,000 25,075 7,379
1981 3,490,000 26,140 7,686
1982 3,510,000 26,686 7,839
1983 3,602,000 27,745 8,017
1985 3,860,000 28,598 8,396
1987 4,000,000 29,714 8,682
1989 4,175,400 30,960 9,049
1990 4,267,000 31,059 9,213
1991 4,336,000 31,890 9,468
1992 4,430,000 9,654
1993 4,520,000 10,007
1994 4,613,000 34,511 10,218
1995 4,711,500 35,081 10,417
1996 4,800,000 11,000
1997 4,923,100 36,418 10,811
1999 4,593,136 37,818 11,315
2000 5,208,827 38,964 11,562
2001 5,310,598 39,528 11,731
2002 5,410,544 40,008 11,879
2003 5,503,192 40,761 12,112
2004 5,599,177 41,889 12,463
2005 5,690,672 42,786 12,753
2006 5,779,316 43,617 13,010
2007 5,873,408 44,233 13,201
2008 5,974,041 44,545 13,363
2009 6,058,907 44,915 13,474
2010 6,157,238 45,330 13,601
       

Demographic & Public Opinion Data

The following table provides information from Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints respondents on demographic characteristics and a variety of attitudes and experiences using data from the 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, collected by Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

Demographics (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Percent
Percent that live in the South. 16.7
Percent that are currently citizens of the United States 98.3
Percent that are 60 or older 30.1
Percent female 48
Percent of Hispanic origin or descent 6.1
Percent that are white 89.4
Percent born in the United States 94.2
Percent that are currently married 68.6
Percent with a family income of less than $40,000 a year 28.2
Percent that have a B.A., B.S. or other 4-year college degree 47.1
   

Religious Practices (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Percent
Percent that are members of a local house of worship 90.8
Percent that pray at least once a day 86.7
Percent that meditate at least once a week 62.2
Percent that attend religious services at least once a week 78
Percent that read scripture outside of religious services at least once a week 77.8
Percent that participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs at least once a week 71.6
Percent that share their faith with "non-believers or people from other relgious backgrounds" at least once a week 30.4
Percent that did volunteer work in the last seven days 62.1
Percent that speak in tongues at least once a month 11.1
   

Religious Beliefs (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Percent
Percent that believe in God or a universal spirit 98.8
Percent that believe in Heaven 94.4
Percent that believe in Hell 57.3
Percent that believe in reincarnation 0
Percent that say religion is a very important part of their life 84.7
Percent that believe their holy book is the word of God 91.7
Percent that believe that their church or denomination should preserve its traditional beliefs and practices 73
Percent that look most to "religious teachings and beliefs" when it comes to questions of right and wrong 65.5
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations bring people together and strengthen community bonds 97.2
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations play an important role in helping the poor and needy 96.1
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations protect and strengthen morality in society 92.8
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too involved with politics 27.1
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too concerned with money and power 32.4
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations focus too much on rules 25
Percent that think about the meaning and purpose of life at least once a week 72.1
Percent that feel a strong sense of gratitude or thankfulness at least once a week 90.5
Percent that feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week 50.5
Percent that feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week 82.4
Percent that think many religions can lead to eternal life 38.4
   

Moral Attitudes (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Percent
Percent that believe that there are clear and absolute standards for what is right and wrong 58.3
Percent that think homosexuality should be accepted by society 33.1
Percent that "strongly favor" allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally 7.3
Percent that think more women in the workforce is a change for the worse 24.5
Percent that think that more people having children without getting married is a change for the worse 84.2
Percent that believe that abortion should be illegal in all cases 9.4
   

Political Attitudes (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Percent
Percent Republican 49.3
Percent that are conservative or very conservative 63.5
Percent that are not registered to vote 12.6
Percent that personally know anyone who is gay or lesbian 85.3
Percent that believe that government aid to the poor does more harm than good 63.5
Percent that think that growing immigration is a change for the worse 38.7
Percent that believe that stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost. 39.5
Percent that would prefer a smaller government, with fewer services 79.1
   

Other Beliefs and Attitudes (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Percent
Percent that are very satisfied with their health 50.1
Percent that are "very satisfied" with family life 79.6
Percent that say they are "very happy" with life these days 38.1
Percent that believe that humans and other living beings evolved over time 41
   

Sources

1 The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155. [More information on the data sources]

2 All data on clergy, members, and churches are taken from the National Council of Churches’ Historic Archive CD and recent print editions of the Council’s Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. The CD archives all 68 editions of the Yearbook (formerly called Yearbook of the Churches and Yearbook of American Churches) from 1916 to 2000. Read more information on the Historic Archive CD and the Yearbook.

Membership figures are "inclusive." According to the Yearbook, this includes "those who are full communicant or confirmed members plus other members baptized, non-confirmed or non-communicant." Each denomination has its own criteria for membership.

When a denomination listed on the Historic Archive CD was difficult to identify, particularly in early editions of the Yearbook, the ARDA staff consulted numerous sources, including Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions and the Handbook of Denominations in the United States. In some cases, ARDA staff consulted the denomination’s website or contacted its offices by phone. When a denomination could not be positively identified, its data were omitted.

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