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Christianity Illinois: Chicago 2,371,600 84.70% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 110. Table 3-5: "Religious Profiles of Selected Cities by Percentage ". Based on self-identification, phone interviews, conducted by Graduate School of the City University of New York, 1990. Total Chicago pop: 2.8 million.
Christianity India 2,923,240 0.99% - - 1901 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 367. "According to the Indian Census the reported Christian pop., Protestant & Catholic in India in 1901 was 2,923,240; in 1911, 3,876,203; in 1921, 4,754,064 and in 1931, 6,297,000. The percentage... was .99; 1.24; 1.51; & 1.79. "
Christianity India 3,876,203 1.24% - - 1911 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 367. "According to the Indian Census the reported Christian pop., Protestant & Catholic in India in 1901 was 2,923,240; in 1911, 3,876,203; in 1921, 4,754,064 and in 1931, 6,297,000. The percentage... was .99; 1.24; 1.51; & 1.79. "
Christianity India 4,754,064 1.51% - - 1921 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 367. "According to the Indian Census the reported Christian pop., Protestant & Catholic in India in 1901 was 2,923,240; in 1911, 3,876,203; in 1921, 4,754,064 and in 1931, 6,297,000. The percentage... was .99; 1.24; 1.51; & 1.79. "
Christianity India 4,754,064 1.51% - - 1921 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 368. Table: "The latest census gives the following enumeration of the adherents... " [1921 and 1931 figures.]
Christianity India 6,296,763 1.79% - - 1931 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 368. Table: "The latest census gives the following enumeration of the adherents... " [1921 and 1931 figures.]
Christianity India 6,297,000 1.79% - - 1931 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 367. "According to the Indian Census the reported Christian pop., Protestant & Catholic in India in 1901 was 2,923,240; in 1911, 3,876,203; in 1921, 4,754,064 and in 1931, 6,297,000. The percentage... was .99; 1.24; 1.51; & 1.79. "
Christianity India 6,000,000 - - - 1945 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 367. "The entire Christian community of India numbers over 6,000,000, of which probably ninety per cent have come from the depressed classes. "
Christianity India - 2.00% - - 1957 Welles, Sam. The World's Great Religions, New York: Time Incorporated (1957); pg. 11. "Christianity reached India at least 1,600, perhaps even 1,900 years ago, and during three centuries of British, French and Portuguese occupation, conditions favored Christian evangelism, yet Christians constitute only 2% of India's population today. "
Christianity India 10,728,000 2.40% - - 1961 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion; PDF file: "Presentation on Religon " (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Table: Population by religious communities, India - 1961 to 2001; Table: Percentage distribution (unadjusted) of population by religious communities India - 1961 to 2001 Census (without excluding Assam and Jammu & Kashmir [no census conducted there in 1981, 1991])
Christianity India 10,000,000 2.50% - - 1961 Nakamura, Hajime. Ways of Thinking of Eastern Peoples: India - China - Tibet - Japan. Honolulu, Hawaii: East-West Center Press (1964; revised English translation edited by Philip P. Wiener); pg. 163. "More than 400 years have passed since the Christians began their missionary work in this country, and at present (Census of 1961) there are about nine or ten million Christian adherents in India--less than one-fortieth of the whole population. Besides, as the national censuses and the reports of the Christian missions indicate, many of the converts to Christianity live in South India and consist chiefly of those expelled from the Hindu community--the Sudras, the vagabonds, and the uncivilized people of the mountains. "
Christianity India 14,225,000 2.60% - - 1971 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion; PDF file: "Presentation on Religon " (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Table: Population by religious communities, India - 1961 to 2001; Table: Percentage distribution (unadjusted) of population by religious communities India - 1961 to 2001 Census (without excluding Assam and Jammu & Kashmir [no census conducted there in 1981, 1991])
Christianity India 14,000,000 2.56% - - 1971 *LINK* web site: Invest India; web page: Religions of India (viewed 16 Jan. 1999) "The 1971 census produced the following statistics: 453 million Hindu; 61 million Muslim; 14 million Christian; 10 million Sikh; 3.8 million Buddhist; 2.6 million Jain; 2.2 million Parsis, Jews and others "
Christianity India 16,165,000 2.40% - - 1981 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion; PDF file: "Presentation on Religon " (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Table: Population by religious communities, India - 1961 to 2001; Table: Percentage distribution (unadjusted) of population by religious communities India - 1961 to 2001 Census (without excluding Assam and Jammu & Kashmir [no census conducted there in 1981, 1991])
Christianity India 15,000,000 2.52% - - 1981 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 359. "Christianity has established itself principally in the coastal regions of South India since its introduction in the second century A.D. and claims 15 million members. "
Christianity India - 2.50% - - 1983 Oxtoby, Willard G. The Meaning of Other Faiths. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press (1983); pg. 86. "Moreover, as the overwhelming majority of Indians, Hindus see little pressure to relate corporately to the 2.5% of their society that is Christian. "
Christianity India 19,640,000 2.30% - - 1991 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion; PDF file: "Presentation on Religon " (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Table: Population by religious communities, India - 1961 to 2001; Table: Percentage distribution (unadjusted) of population by religious communities India - 1961 to 2001 Census (without excluding Assam and Jammu & Kashmir [no census conducted there in 1981, 1991])
Christianity India 20,000,000 2.40% - - 1991 Neusner, Jacob (ed). World Religions in America: An Introduction; Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press (1994); pg. 179. Table: "breakdown of major religions in India, according to the population totals of the 1991 census, is roughly as follows "
Christianity India 18,380,000 2.00% - - 1994 *LINK* Web site: "Council for World Mission "; web page: "India (CNI)/Church of North India (CNI) " (viewed 31 May 1999). "Country information: Population (1994 United Nations estimate): 919 million... Main religions: Hinduism (82%), Islam (11%), Christianity (2%), Sikhism (2%)? "
Christianity India 25,000,000 - - - 1996 *LINK* "News in Brief " in Hinduism Today International (Jan. 1996 -- Vol. 18, No. 1); original source: ENI Bulletin. "Up to 80 percent of India's 25-million Christians are Dalit, " reports ENI Bulletin.
Christianity India 23,202,796 2.40% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Hindu 80%, Muslim 14%, Christian 2.4%, Sikh 2%, Buddhist 0.7%, Jains 0.5%, other 0.4%; Total Population: 966,783,171.
Christianity India - 3.00% - - 1997 *LINK* DAWN FridayFax 1997 #49 According to government figures, only some 3% of the population are Christians. Insiders estimate the number much higher, partly due to the flood of so-called 'secret Christians' who are not baptised because of massive social disadvantages
Christianity India 19,000,000 2.00% - - 1997 Russell, Malcom B. The Middle East and South Asia 1997 (The World Today Series). Harpers Ferry, West Virginia: Stryker-Post Publications (1997); pg. 77. Estimates of % of population in principal religions, & est. 1997 total pop.
Christianity India 22,560,000 2.40% - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 287. "Location: India; Population: About 940 million; Religion: Hinduism (80%); Islam (14%); Christianity (2.4%); Sikhism (2%); Buddhism (0.7%); Jainism (0.5%)... "
Christianity India - 6.00% - - 1998 *LINK* web site: "Monday Morning Reality Check " (Protestant); web page: "The 'Right' India Strategy? " by Justin D. Long, 1998 (viewed 5 March 1999) "About three-quarters of India's population are Hindus, 10% Muslim, and 6% Christian. "
Christianity India - 2.50% - - 1999 *LINK* "Asia " in SIM NOW, Feb. 1999 (vol. #85); (viewed online 6 July 1999); SIM International web site. "Only 2.5 percent of India's population is Christian. "
Christianity India - 3.00% - - 1999 *LINK* AP. "Indian government failing to protect Christians, group says " in Deseret News, 2 Oct. 1999 (v. online 3 Oct. 99). "...Christians, who represent less than 3 percent of the nation's population. "
Christianity India 23,000,000 2.30% - - 1999 AP. "Pope urged to address 'forced conversions' in India " in Deseret News, 17 Oct. 1999. "Christians comprise about 2.3 percent of India's nearly one billion people. "
Christianity India 20,000,000 2.00% - - 2000 *LINK* AP. "India Christians urged to form a national church " in Deseret News (21 Oct 2000) "A Hindu nationalist group that is the ideological fountainhead of the ruling party urged Christians to form a national Indian church and break with foreign missionaries it accused of wrecking national unity, Indian newspapers report. The group, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) or National Volunteers Corps, is often accused of targeting Christians and Muslims. RSS leader Kuppahali Seetaramaiyah Sudarshan said, 'Why are these foreign churches allowed to carry on their activities on our soil?' he was quoted as saying. He urged the setting up of an Indian denomination along lines of the Orthodox Syrian Church. India, a nation of 1 billion people, is overwhelmingly Hindu. Muslims form 12 percent of the population and Christians just over 2 percent. "
Christianity India 24,080,000 2.30% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion; PDF file: "Presentation on Religon " (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Table: Population by religious communities, India - 1961 to 2001; Table: Percentage distribution (unadjusted) of population by religious communities India - 1961 to 2001 Census (without excluding Assam and Jammu & Kashmir [no census conducted there in 1981, 1991])
Christianity India 24,080,016 2.34% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion
Christianity India - Khasi 420,830 67.00% - - 1981 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 391-392. "Khasi; Location: India (Meghalaya state); Population: 628,104 (1981); Language: Khasi; Religion: Christianity; native animist beliefs "; "Khasi religion may be described as animistic, focusing on the propitation of spirits--both good and evil... Although many aspects of traditional Khasi religion survive, the majority of Khasi have adopted Christianity. Missionary work began in the region during the late 19th century and has been so successful that today over 67% of Khasi profess to be Christian. "
Christianity India - Konds - 3.00% - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 408-409. "Konds: Alternate Name: Khond; Kondh; Kandha; Ku (self-reference); Location: India (Orissa region); Population: 1 million (1981); Religion: Animism; small number of Christians "; "Kond religion is animistic in nature. The Sun is worshiped as bura Pennu, the chief of the Kond deities and the source of all good in the world... "; "Christian missionary activity among the Konds is reflected in the roughly 3% of the population who claim the Christian faith. "
Christianity India - Naga - 50.00% - - 1947 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 553. "Although many elements of traditional religion survive among the Naga, most are christian. Missionaries (American Baptists, in particular) who entered the naga Hills in the 19th century set out to convert eh naked, headhunting tribes they found living there. By 1947, about half of the Naga population had accepted Christianity. This number has been increasing in recent decades, and the 1981 census showed 92.97% of the Naga in Nagaland State as Christian. "
Christianity India - Oraons 401,189 21.50% - - 1981 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 603, 605. "The Oraons are concentrated in southwestern Bihar and neighboring areas of Orissa, and in Madhya Pradesh States. In Madhya Pradesh, they are also known as Dhanka and Dhangad. Numbers of Oraons have migrated... to areas of West Bengal... A few live in Tripura State... The 1981 Census places the total number of Oroans at 1,865,995 people. "; Pg. 605: "Christians now make up one-fifth or the Oraon population (21.5% according to the 1981 Census). "
Christianity India - Todas 200 19.19% - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 768-769. "Todas: Location: India (primarily Tamil Nadu state); Population: 1,042 (1988); Language: Toda; Religion: Centered on the sanctity of the buffalo "; "Christian missionary efforts among the Todas at the turn of the century have resulted in the emergence of a very small community of Toda Christians. It numbers perhaps 200 persons who follow the Anglican rites of the Church of South India. "
Christianity India: Andaman and Nicobar Islands 40,564 16.80% - - 1991 *LINK* web site: "Mission India " "Religiously, 72.80% are Hindus. The Christians are the second largest religious group having 16.80% in this District. "; "Population: 241,453 "
Christianity India: Andaman and Nicobar Islands 77,178 21.67% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion
Christianity India: Andhra Pradesh 1,216,384 1.83% - - 1991 *LINK* web site: "Mission India " Table: "Religion 1991 " [based on census]
Christianity India: Andhra Pradesh 1,181,917 1.55% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion
Christianity India: Arunachal Pradesh 89,013 10.30% - - 1991 *LINK* web site: "Mission India " Table: "Religion 1991 " [based on census]
Christianity India: Arunachal Pradesh 205,548 18.72% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion
Christianity India: Assam 744,367 3.32% - - 1991 *LINK* web site: "Mission India " Table: "Religion 1991 " [based on census]
Christianity India: Assam 986,589 3.70% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion
Christianity India: Bihar 235,620 27.72% - - 1981 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 544-545. "The 1981 census reported 850,000 Mundas in Bihar State, where most of the Munda population is found... "; Pg. 545: "Some Mundas have accepted Hinduism and Christianity, although they preserve many of their earlier religious practices. The 1981 census recorded 45.56% of Mundas as Hindus, 27.72% as Christian, and 26.54% as following the traditional religion. "
Christianity India: Bihar 200 - - - 1987 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: Global Prayer Digest 2/9/87); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Bihar is also known as "the graveyard of Christian missions. " Patna, the capital city, has over 800,000 people but less than 100 of these are Christians. In the north and central parts of the state there are perhaps another 50 to 100 known Christians.
Christianity India: Bihar 843,717 0.98% - - 1991 *LINK* web site: "Mission India " Table: "Religion 1991 " [based on census]
Christianity India: Bihar 53,137 0.06% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion
Christianity India: Chandigarh 7,627 0.85% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion
Christianity India: Chhattisgarh 401,035 1.92% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion
Christianity India: Dadra and Nagar Haveli 6,058 2.75% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion
Christianity India: Daman and Diu 3,362 2.13% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion
Christianity India: Delhi 130,319 0.94% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion
Christianity India: Goa 408,000 34.00% - - 1991 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 216-217. "Goans: Location: India (Goa state) "; "Goa's population is estimated to be just over 1.3 million persons (the 1991 census reported a population of 1.2 million). "; "Goans are mostly Hindu (about 62% of the population) and Christian (34%) and there are a small number of Muslims. Whatever their religion, Goans tend to be orthodox in their beliefs. Goan Christians are Roman Catholics, like their Portuguese conquerors... The many churches and cathredrals of Goa, som active today but many now abandones, bear witness to the piety of the Portuguese and their subjects in the past. "
Christianity India: Goa 349,225 29.85% - - 1991 *LINK* web site: "Mission India " Table: "Religion 1991 " [based on census]
Christianity India: Goa 442,000 34.00% - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 216-217. "Goans: Location: India (Goa state) "; "Goa's population is estimated to be just over 1.3 million persons (the 1991 census reported a population of 1.2 million). "; "Goans are mostly Hindu (about 62% of the population) and Christian (34%)... "
Christianity India: Goa 359,568 26.68% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion
Christianity India: Gujarat 181,753 0.44% - - 1991 *LINK* web site: "Mission India " Table: "Religion 1991 " [based on census]
Christianity India: Gujarat 284,092 0.56% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion
Christianity India: Haryana 15,699 0.10% - - 1991 *LINK* web site: "Mission India " Table: "Religion 1991 " [based on census]
Christianity India: Haryana 27,185 0.13% - - 2001 *LINK* website: Census of India 2001; webpage: Data on Religion (Office of the Registrar General, India) (viewed 18 April 2005) Census 2001 data table: Religion
Christianity India: Himachal Pradesh 4,435 0.09% - - 1991 *LINK* web site: "Mission India " Table: "Religion 1991 " [based on census]
Christianity India: Himachal Pradesh - - 90
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- 1992 *LINK* "Himachal Pradesh: Light in India's darkest state " in DAWN Fridayfax 1998 #29; original source: Dr. Alex Abraham. email: alex.agape@axcess.net.in In 1992, there were only 90 known churches, so at least 150 new churches have been added in the meantime, 130 of which were planted in the last 3 years. There are 46 different Christian groups in the state
Christianity India: Himachal Pradesh 4,675 0.09% - - 1998 *LINK* "Himachal Pradesh: Light in India's darkest state " in DAWN Fridayfax 1998 #29; original source: Dr. Alex Abraham. email: alex.agape@axcess.net.in Of HP's 5,5 million inhabitants, only 0.085% are Christians, which is the lowest percentage in all India.
Christianity India: Himachal Pradesh 5,000 - 241
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- 1998 *LINK* "Himachal Pradesh: Light in India's darkest state " in DAWN Fridayfax 1998 #29; original source: Dr. Alex Abraham. email: alex.agape@axcess.net.in Recent research shows that the state now has at least 5,000 Christians, 241 churches and 170 Christian missionaries and pastors.


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