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Unitarian Universalist Association (1961 - Present) - Religious Group

Religious Family: Liberal
Religious Tradition: Other Christians
Description: The Unitarian Universalist Association was formed in 1961 by the merger of the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church in America. The merger represents the coming together of the two oldest segments of the liberal tradition. Unitarian Universalism is a creedless religion with Judeo-Christian roots. It draws also from Eastern, humanist, and other religious traditions, and encourages its members to seek religious truth out of their own reflection and experience.
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Maps: Unitarian Universalist Association1

Adherence Rate per 1,000 (2020)

Congregations (2020)

Top 5 Unitarian Universalist Association States (2020)1 [View all States]

Rank State Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Vermont 21 2,671 4.15
2 Massachusetts 138 26,379 3.75
3 District Of Columbia 3 1,998 2.90
4 Maine 26 3,481 2.56
5 New Hampshire 23 3,052 2.22

Top 5 Unitarian Universalist Association Counties (2020)1 [View all Counties]

Rank County Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Jefferson County, WA 1 582 17.65
2 Los Alamos County, NM 1 325 16.74
3 Calumet County, WI 1 693 13.21
4 Windsor County, VT 7 649 11.24
5 Charlottesville city, VA 1 495 10.63

Top 5 Unitarian Universalist Association Metro Areas (2020)1 [View all Metro Areas]

Rank Metro Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Los Alamos, NM Micro Area 1 325 16.74
2 Barre, VT Micro Area 4 522 8.73
3 Brevard, NC Micro Area 1 242 7.34
4 Barnstable Town, MA Metro Area 7 1,318 5.76
5 Hood River, OR Micro Area 1 127 5.30

Unitarian Universalist Association, Members (1961 - 2009)2

Unitarian Universalist Association, Ministers & Churches (1961 - 2009)2

Unitarian Universalist Association, Trends (1961 - 2009)2

1961 147,031 992 786
1962 153,689 1,043 859
1963 164,474 1,094 859
1964 167,892 1,103
1965 166,622 1,044 863
1968 282,307 1,135 968
1969 265,408 1,076 868
1973 200,405 961 882
1974 192,510 946 864
1976 184,552 942 881
1977 180,240 945 904
1978 136,207 936 898
1979 139,052 988 942
1982 131,844 935 949
1983 169,168 945 949
1984 170,510 943 1,018
1985 171,838 948 1,041
1986 173,167 956 1,069
1988 178,623 956 1,140
1989 182,211 1,010 1,252
1991 141,315 1,020 1,210
1999 216,931 1,400
2000 220,000 1,051
2001 214,738 171 1,010
2002 214,738 171 1,010
2007 221,476 1,752 1,046
2009 221,367 1,773 1,048

Demographic & Public Opinion Data

The following table provides information from Unitarian (Universalist) 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 (Unitarian (Universalist))
Percent that live in the South. 32.1
Percent that are currently citizens of the United States 99.4
Percent that are 60 or older 48.5
Percent female 62.4
Percent of Hispanic origin or descent 4.8
Percent that are white 92.1
Percent born in the United States 95.8
Percent that are currently married 50.9
Percent with a family income of less than $40,000 a year 19.4
Percent that have a B.A., B.S. or other 4-year college degree 77.6

Religious Practices (Unitarian (Universalist))
Percent that are members of a local house of worship 59.4
Percent that pray at least once a day 23
Percent that meditate at least once a week 50.3
Percent that attend religious services at least once a week 27.3
Percent that read scripture outside of religious services at least once a week 6.7
Percent that participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs at least once a week 6.7
Percent that share their faith with "non-believers or people from other relgious backgrounds" at least once a week 7.9
Percent that did volunteer work in the last seven days 53.3
Percent that speak in tongues at least once a month 0

Religious Beliefs (Unitarian (Universalist))
Percent that believe in God or a universal spirit 64.8
Percent that believe in Heaven 17
Percent that believe in Hell 6.7
Percent that believe in reincarnation 0
Percent that say religion is a very important part of their life 27.9
Percent that believe their holy book is the word of God 6.1
Percent that believe that their church or denomination should preserve its traditional beliefs and practices 6.7
Percent that look most to "religious teachings and beliefs" when it comes to questions of right and wrong 3.6
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations bring people together and strengthen community bonds 86.7
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations play an important role in helping the poor and needy 86.7
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations protect and strengthen morality in society 47.3
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too involved with politics 61.8
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too concerned with money and power 72.1
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations focus too much on rules 77
Percent that think about the meaning and purpose of life at least once a week 54.5
Percent that feel a strong sense of gratitude or thankfulness at least once a week 83
Percent that feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week 63.6
Percent that feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week 56.4
Percent that think many religions can lead to eternal life 84.2

Moral Attitudes (Unitarian (Universalist))
Percent that believe that there are clear and absolute standards for what is right and wrong 15.2
Percent that think homosexuality should be accepted by society 95.2
Percent that "strongly favor" allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally 69.1
Percent that think more women in the workforce is a change for the worse 3
Percent that think that more people having children without getting married is a change for the worse 33.9
Percent that believe that abortion should be illegal in all cases 0.6

Political Attitudes (Unitarian (Universalist))
Percent Republican 3.6
Percent that are conservative or very conservative 3.6
Percent that are not registered to vote 7.3
Percent that personally know anyone who is gay or lesbian 97
Percent that believe that government aid to the poor does more harm than good 12.1
Percent that think that growing immigration is a change for the worse 15.2
Percent that believe that stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost. 86.1
Percent that would prefer a smaller government, with fewer services 22.4

Other Beliefs and Attitudes (Unitarian (Universalist))
Percent that are very satisfied with their health 48.5
Percent that are "very satisfied" with family life 66.7
Percent that say they are "very happy" with life these days 37
Percent that believe that humans and other living beings evolved over time 91.5


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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