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congreg./
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Jehovah's Witnesses USA - 1.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "
Jehovah's Witnesses USA 946,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (viewed circa Nov. 1998); "last updated October 1998 " Table: "Christian Organizations "; "Membership numbers, as supplied by various denominations "
Jehovah's Witnesses USA 998,166 0.36% 11,550
units
- 2000 *LINK* official website; page: "2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide " Table: "Statistics: 2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; 2000 Peak Witnesses; USA figure (2,176,265) here is total from 3 rows in JW table: USA (988,469), Hawaii (7,564), and Alaska (2,133).
Jehovah's Witnesses USA - blacks 150,000 - - - 1975 Chalfant, H. Paul, et al. Religion in Contemporary Society (3rd Ed.); Itasca, Illinois: F.E. Peacock Publishers (1994) [Sources: Wallechinsky, David & Irving Wallace; The People's Almanac; Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1975), pg. 1268.]; pg. 381. "...blacks account for... approximately 30% of the members of Jehovah's Witnesses (Rosten, 1975). "; [Other source (Wallechinsky) indicates 500,000 U.S. Jehovah's Witnesses in 1975.]
Jehovah's Witnesses Utah - 0.20% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Jehovah's Witnesses Utah - 0.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Jehovah's Witness "; Actual % between 0 and 0.5%, so sell was left blank.
Jehovah's Witnesses Vanuatu 55 0.04% 2
units
- 1983 Botting, Heather & Gary Botting. The Orwellian World of Jehovah's Witnesses. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (1984); pg. 53-59. Table: "1983 Service Year Report of JWs Worldwide "; Adherent count here is from "1983 Peak Publishers " column
Jehovah's Witnesses Vanuatu 257 0.14% 3
units
- 1997 *LINK* official web site Adherent/member count is for "1997 Peak Witnesses "; Memorial attendance (annual sacrament meeting) for same year: 1,583.
Jehovah's Witnesses Vanuatu 276 0.15% 3
units
- 1998 *LINK* Jehovah's Witnesses official web site; section: "Statistics "; web page: "Worldwide Report " (viewed 16 April 1999). Table: "1998 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; This adherent/member count is for "1998 Peak Witnesses "
Jehovah's Witnesses Vanuatu 277 0.15% 5
units
- 2000 *LINK* official website; page: "2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide " Table: "Statistics: 2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; 2000 Peak Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses Venezuela 22,194 0.13% 212
units
- 1983 Botting, Heather & Gary Botting. The Orwellian World of Jehovah's Witnesses. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (1984); pg. 53-59. Table: "1983 Service Year Report of JWs Worldwide "; Adherent count here is from "1983 Peak Publishers " column
Jehovah's Witnesses Venezuela 80,172 0.34% 1,079
units
- 1997 *LINK* official web site Adherent/member count is for "1997 Peak Witnesses "; Memorial attendance (annual sacrament meeting) for same year: 282,448.
Jehovah's Witnesses Venezuela 82,779 0.34% 1,104
units
- 1998 *LINK* Jehovah's Witnesses official web site; section: "Statistics "; web page: "Worldwide Report " (viewed 16 April 1999). Table: "1998 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; This adherent/member count is for "1998 Peak Witnesses "
Jehovah's Witnesses Venezuela 87,211 0.36% 1,238
units
- 2000 *LINK* official website; page: "2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide " Table: "Statistics: 2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; 2000 Peak Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses Vermont - 0.60% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Jehovah's Witnesses Vermont - 0.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Jehovah's Witness "; Actual % between 0 and 0.5%, so sell was left blank.
Jehovah's Witnesses Virgin Islands (British) 84 0.70% 3
units
- 1983 Botting, Heather & Gary Botting. The Orwellian World of Jehovah's Witnesses. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (1984); pg. 53-59. Table: "1983 Service Year Report of JWs Worldwide "; Adherent count here is from "1983 Peak Publishers " column
Jehovah's Witnesses Virgin Islands (British) 267 2.00% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Protestant 86% (Methodist 45%, Anglican 21%, Church of God 7%, Seventh-Day Adventist 5%, Baptist 4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 2%, other 2%), Roman Catholic 6%, none 2%, other 6% (1981); Total population: 13,368 (1997 est.).
Jehovah's Witnesses Virgin Islands (British) 147 0.86% 2
units
- 1997 *LINK* official web site Adherent/member count is for "1997 Peak Witnesses "; Memorial attendance (annual sacrament meeting) for same year: 590.
Jehovah's Witnesses Virgin Islands (British) 159 0.94% 2
units
- 1998 *LINK* Jehovah's Witnesses official web site; section: "Statistics "; web page: "Worldwide Report " (viewed 16 April 1999). Table: "1998 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; This adherent/member count is for "1998 Peak Witnesses "
Jehovah's Witnesses Virgin Islands (British) 166 0.98% 2
units
- 2000 *LINK* official website; page: "2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide " Table: "Statistics: 2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; 2000 Peak Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses Virgin Islands (U.S.) 474 0.49% 8
units
- 1983 Botting, Heather & Gary Botting. The Orwellian World of Jehovah's Witnesses. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (1984); pg. 53-59. Table: "1983 Service Year Report of JWs Worldwide "; Adherent count here is from "1983 Peak Publishers " column
Jehovah's Witnesses Virgin Islands (U.S.) 643 0.63% 9
units
- 1997 *LINK* official web site Adherent/member count is for "1997 Peak Witnesses "; Memorial attendance (annual sacrament meeting) for same year: 2,005.
Jehovah's Witnesses Virgin Islands (U.S.) 657 0.65% 9
units
- 1998 *LINK* Jehovah's Witnesses official web site; section: "Statistics "; web page: "Worldwide Report " (viewed 16 April 1999). Table: "1998 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; This adherent/member count is for "1998 Peak Witnesses "
Jehovah's Witnesses Virgin Islands (U.S.) - 1.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "
Jehovah's Witnesses Virgin Islands (U.S.) 651 0.63% 9
units
- 2000 *LINK* official website; page: "2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide " Table: "Statistics: 2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; 2000 Peak Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses Virginia - 0.60% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Jehovah's Witnesses Virginia - 1.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Jehovah's Witness "
Jehovah's Witnesses Wallis and Futuna Islands 3 0.02% - - 1983 Botting, Heather & Gary Botting. The Orwellian World of Jehovah's Witnesses. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (1984); pg. 53-59. Table: "1983 Service Year Report of JWs Worldwide "; Adherent count here is from "1983 Peak Publishers " column
Jehovah's Witnesses Wallis and Futuna Islands 26 0.17% 1
unit
- 1997 *LINK* official web site Adherent/member count is for "1997 Peak Witnesses "; Memorial attendance (annual sacrament meeting) for same year: 100.
Jehovah's Witnesses Wallis and Futuna Islands 44 0.29% 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* Jehovah's Witnesses official web site; section: "Statistics "; web page: "Worldwide Report " (viewed 16 April 1999). Table: "1998 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; This adherent/member count is for "1998 Peak Witnesses "
Jehovah's Witnesses Wallis and Futuna Islands 54 0.36% 1
unit
- 2000 *LINK* official website; page: "2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide " Table: "Statistics: 2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; 2000 Peak Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses Washington - 1.40% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Jehovah's Witnesses Washington - 1.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Jehovah's Witness "
Jehovah's Witnesses Washington, D.C. - 0.80% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York. [Geographic region in this table is listed as "District of Columbia ", not "Washington, D.C. "]
Jehovah's Witnesses Washington, D.C. - 1.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Jehovah's Witness "
Jehovah's Witnesses West Virginia - 0.60% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Jehovah's Witnesses West Virginia - 0.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Jehovah's Witness "; Actual % between 0 and 0.5%, so sell was left blank.
Jehovah's Witnesses Wisconsin - 0.20% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Jehovah's Witnesses Wisconsin - 0.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Jehovah's Witness "; Actual % between 0 and 0.5%, so sell was left blank.
Jehovah's Witnesses world - - - - 1881 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. 377. In 1879 he started the Watchtower, and in 1881 the Zion's Watch Tower Tract Society. During this period he traveled widely on preaching tours, his sermons were published in numerous newspapers, and his informal following probably numbered millions. Russell preferred organizing only tract societies, with a small army of colporteurs to distribute his literature, and it was only gradually that a denomination emerged. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world - - - - 1890 *LINK* Hexham, Irving. Concise Dictionary of Religion. Carol Stream, USA: InterVarsity Press (1994). (v. online 6 Oct. 1999) "JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES: a highly RATIONALIST ADVENTIST type SECT founded by Charles Taze RUSSELL in the late nineteenth century. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world - - 1,200
units
- 1909 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 673. "The Jehovah's Witnesses, as they are commonly known, numbered 1200 congregations by 1909. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world - - - - 1914 Cavendish, Richard (ed.). Man, Myth & Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural (vol. 11). New York: Marshall Cavendish Corp. (1970); pg. 1499. "...by 1914 Russell had followers in all the northern European countries, South Africa and in many American cities, and his publications were circulating in central African territories. Disappointed expectations for 1914 caused some to withdraw, and after Russell's death in 1916 the movement reached a low ebb. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 90,000 - - - 1927 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 673. "Russellism:... Actual statistics are difficult to obtain, the only report, listing approximately ninety thousand members, was made in the 'Watch Tower' in 1925-27. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 115,000 - - - 1942 Conkin, Paul K. American Originals: Homemade Varieties of Christianity, The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC (1997); pg. 155. "They grew worldwide from 115,000 in 1942 to 884,000 in 1961 and more than 1.65 million in 1972 (they claim over 5 million today). "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 642,000 0.03% - - 1957 Welles, Sam. The World's Great Religions, New York: Time Incorporated (1957); pg. 205. "Jehovah's Witnesses have 187,000 U.S. workers (642,000 in world)... "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 884,000 - - - 1961 Conkin, Paul K. American Originals: Homemade Varieties of Christianity, The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC (1997); pg. 155. "They grew worldwide from 115,000 in 1942 to 884,000 in 1961 and more than 1.65 million in 1972 (they claim over 5 million today). "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 1,040,836 - - - 1965 Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People; Yale University Press: New Haven & London (1973); pg. 959. "In 1965 only 308,370 of the 1,040,836 Jehovah's Witnesses lived in the United States, while three-fourths of the Seventh-Day Adventists were overseas. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 1,000,000 - - - 1966 Cavendish, Richard (ed.). Man, Myth & Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural (vol. 11). New York: Marshall Cavendish Corp. (1970); pg. 1499. "The most rapidly growing Christian sect during the last three decades has been Jehovah's Witnesses. Voluntary distributors of the movement's publications The Watchtower and Awake! magazines, numbered more than a million in 1966, and in that year nearly two million people attended the sect's annual memorial supper services in Kingdom Halls throughout the world. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 1,650,000 - - - 1972 Conkin, Paul K. American Originals: Homemade Varieties of Christianity, The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC (1997); pg. 155. "They grew worldwide from 115,000 in 1942 to 884,000 in 1961 and more than 1.65 million in 1972 (they claim over 5 million today). "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 1,000,000 - - - 1975 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. 377-378. "Jehovah's Witnesses (Christian). A denomination which emphasizes biblical literalism, aggressive evangelism... Under the leadership of the third president, Nathan H. Knorr (1905-1977), there was steady growth, and in the 1970s they claimed some 300,000 U.S. members, and over a million worldwide. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 2,000,000 - - - 1975 Wallechinsky, David & Irving Wallace; The People's Almanac; Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1975); pg. 1268. List of "Major World Religions ": "Today the sect has close to 2 million members, all of whom are considered ministers. Twenty-five percent of the Witnesses are Americans. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 2,000,000 - - 210
countries
1981 Robertson, Ian. Sociology (2nd ed.); New York, NY: Worth Publishers (1981) [2nd edition is updated since 1977 1st edition]; pg. 426. "Jehovah's Witnesses have awaited the apocalypse on five specific dates since 1914, during which time their membership has grown from a few thousand to more than 2 million people in 210 countries. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 500,000 - - - 1983 Berger, Gilda. Religion: A Reference First Book. New York: Franklin Watts (1983); pg. 46. "Today there are over 500,000 Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 2,652,323 - 46,235
units
205
countries
1983 Botting, Heather & Gary Botting. The Orwellian World of Jehovah's Witnesses. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (1984); pg. 53-59. Table: "1983 Service Year Report of JWs Worldwide "; Adherent count here is from "1983 Peak Publishers " column
Jehovah's Witnesses world 3,000,000 - - 200
countries
1987 Bishop, Peter & Michael Darton (editors). The Encyclopedia of World Faiths: An Illustrated Survey of the World's Living Faiths. New York: Facts on File Publications (1987); pg. 149. "More than 200 countries and island groups are cared for by branch offices of the Watch Tower Society under the direction of their world headquarters in New York... Worldwide the numbers of Jehovah's Witnesses -- all active preachers -- is now approaching three million. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 3,500,000 - - - 1988 *LINK* web site: "News From Bree "; web page: "Fastest Growing Religion? " (viewed 9 Jan. 1999); "Last Update on 29th November 1998 " "The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (JWs). Their Statistics Webpage... Like the LDS they have 1997 figures available, and data from 1988 is scattered about the Web site... Members: 3,500,000 (1988); 5,599,931 (1997); Congregations: 85,256 (1997) "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 4,017,213 - - 212
countries
1990 *LINK* Religious Requirements & Practices of Certain Selected Groups: A Handbook for Chaplains (1993) - (online ed. - 1998); contract #: MDA903-90-C-0062 w/ Dept. of Defense; J. Gordon Melton, Project Director & James Lewis. "MEMBERSHIP: 4,017,213 (1990) active ministers in 212 lands "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 3,000,000 - - - 1990 Fisher, Mary Pat & Robert Luyster. Living Religions, I.B. Tauris & Co.: New York (1990); pg. 323. "...there are now an estimated three million Jehovah's Witnesses at work in the world. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 3,395,612 - - - 1990 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990); pg. 121. "The official journal, The Watchtower, has a circulation of 13,045,000... More than 3,395,612 Witnesses are active in this work throughout the world. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 3,395,612 - 46,364
units
- 1990 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990); pg. 123. "The ranks of active 'publishers' across the world have grown to 3,395,612, of whom approximately 773,219 are in the U.S. There are 8,547 congregations in the U.S.; 46,364 throughout the world. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world - - - 210
countries
1990 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990); pg. 121. "Approximately 20 congregations are included in each circuit, and circuits are grouped into districts--41 in the U.S. District and circuit organizations are now found in 210 countries and islands around the world. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 3,000,000 - - - 1992 Bloom, Harold. The American Religion: The Emergence of the Post-Christian Nation. New York: Simon & Schuster (1992); pg. 160. "Today there are about three million Witnesses here and throughout the world, at the least, not counting almost as many peripheral adherents. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 4,200,000 - - 211
countries
1993 Bedell, Kenneth (ed.). Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches 1993. Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn (1993); pg. 99. "the word has expanded today to include 211 countries. The Witnesses now number more than 4.2 million throughout the world. "


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