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Group Where Number
of
Adherents
% of
total
pop.
Number
of
congreg./
churches/
units
Number
of
countries
Year Source Quote/
Notes
Jehovah's Witnesses world 4,278,820 - 66,207
units
211
countries
1993 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1995). count is for "active publishers "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 4,000,000 - - - 1994 Kephart, William M. & William W. Zellner. Extraordinary Groups: An Examination of Unconventional Life-Styles (5th Ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press (1994); pg. 300. "There are more than four million Witnesses worldwide, and their further growth is more or less guaranteed by the process of natural increase. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 5,353,078 - - - 1997 *LINK* "GROWTH RATE OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES IN CIS AMONG WORLD'S HIGHEST " from Blagovest-Info/Pravoslavie v Rossii (20 January 1998); cited on web site: "Russian Religious News " report for the 1997 year... number of baptized members of this organization in 232 countries totals 5,353,078, and if active participants are included it reaches 14,322,226
Jehovah's Witnesses world 4,800,000 - - - 1997 Conkin, Paul K. American Originals: Homemade Varieties of Christianity, The University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC (1997); pg. 145. "By their own careful and strict assessment of membership, they are domestically slightly larger than the Seventh-day Adventists, with over 800,000 members in the US (they have fewer non-American members, but still an impressive 4 million). "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 5,000,000 - - - 1997 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 5,599,931 - 85,256
units
232
countries
1997 *LINK* official web site -
Jehovah's Witnesses world 974,719 - - - 1997 *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... Members USA 1997: 974,719. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 5,599,931 - 85,256
units
- 1997 *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 5,599,931 - - 232
countries
1997 *LINK* web site: New Religious Movements (University of Virginia) (1998) [Orig. source: official church statistics] Peak number for 1997. It's safe to say this is a very conservative figure, as this is only the number of publishers (definitely active).
Jehovah's Witnesses world 5,100,000 - - 232
countries
1997 *LINK* web site: New Religious Movements (University of Virginia) (1998) [Orig. source: Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches 1997] -
Jehovah's Witnesses world 5,888,650 - 87,644
units
233
countries
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 " [ "233 Lands ", not all of which are independent countries.]
Jehovah's Witnesses world 4,000,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site (1998): "Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry "; web page: "Jehovah's Witness History " "Today the Society is led by Mr. Henschel. The group has over 4 million members world wide. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 5,800,000 - 87,600
units
- 1999 *LINK* Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "Jehovah's Witnesses: Bible Will Be Focus of Meeting " in Salt Lake Tribune, June 26, 1999 (viewed online 26 June 1999). "Jehovah's Witnesses, headquartered in Brooklyn, N.Y., number more than 5.8 million, with 87,600 congregations, according to the church's records. "
Jehovah's Witnesses world 6,035,564 0.10% 91,487
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 Wyoming - 0.70% - - 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 Wyoming - 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 Yugoslavia - former 3,883 0.04% 48
units
- 1997 *LINK* official web site Adherent/member count is for "1997 Peak Witnesses "; Memorial attendance (annual sacrament meeting) for same year: 9,012.
Jehovah's Witnesses Yugoslavia - former 3,986 0.04% 51
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 "; [Location listed as "Yugoslavia, F. R. "]
Jehovah's Witnesses Yugoslavia - former 4,031 0.04% 54
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; location: "Yugoslavia, F. R. "
Jehovah's Witnesses Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo) 28,126 0.09% 905
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; Location listed in table as "Yap "
Jehovah's Witnesses Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo) 104,134 0.22% 2,492
units
- 1997 *LINK* official web site Adherent/member count is for "1997 Peak Witnesses "; Memorial attendance (annual sacrament meeting) for same year: 574,736.
Jehovah's Witnesses Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo) 108,710 0.22% 2,477
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 "; [Location listed in table as "Congo, Dem. Rep. of "]
Jehovah's Witnesses Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo) - 1.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "
Jehovah's Witnesses Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo) 118,513 0.24% 2,748
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; Location: "Congo, Dem. Rep. of "
Jehovah's Witnesses Zambia - 1.00% - - 1966 Cavendish, Richard (ed.). Man, Myth & Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural (vol. 11). New York: Marshall Cavendish Corp. (1970); pg. 1499. "In 1966 there were some 360,000 Witnesses in the United States... whilst in Zambia Witnesses constitute over 1 per cent of the population. "
Jehovah's Witnesses Zambia - 8.00% - - 1979 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: OPERATION WORLD 1979); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) "Total population: 5,100,000. Watchtower 8% - probably the land with the second highest percentage of JWs in the world. Unpopular with the government due to their anarchistic doctrines. "
Jehovah's Witnesses Zambia 57,034 0.92% 1,393
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 Zambia 96,686 0.99% 2,058
units
- 1997 *LINK* official web site Adherent/member count is for "1997 Peak Witnesses "; Memorial attendance (annual sacrament meeting) for same year: 428,697.
Jehovah's Witnesses Zambia 104,096 1.03% 2,060
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 Zambia - 3.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "
Jehovah's Witnesses Zambia 117,654 1.10% 2,098
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 Zimbabwe 12,753 0.17% 480
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 Zimbabwe 25,878 0.21% 803
units
- 1997 *LINK* official web site Adherent/member count is for "1997 Peak Witnesses "; Memorial attendance (annual sacrament meeting) for same year: 70,038.
Jehovah's Witnesses Zimbabwe 28,063 0.22% 817
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 Zimbabwe 30,270 0.24% 874
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 - Memorial attendance Alaska 4,033 - 24
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 "; Data from columns: "No. of congs. " and "Memorial attendance "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Alaska 4,756 0.75% 28
units
- 1997 *LINK* official web site From 1997 Statistics "Memorial attendance " column. Count of all who attend this once-a-year meeting, whether or not a "publisher " in full standing. Most would be considered adherents.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Alaska 4,770 0.75% - - 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 "; "Memorial attendance " column indicates attendance at yearly communion meeting.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Alaska 4,626 0.71% 29
units
- 2000 *LINK* official website; page: "2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide " Table: "Statistics: 2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Albania 3,154 0.10% 22
units
- 1997 *LINK* official web site From 1997 Statistics "Memorial attendance " column. Count of all who attend this once-a-year meeting, whether or not a "publisher " in full standing. Most would be considered adherents.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Albania 6,952 0.21% - - 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 "; "Memorial attendance " column indicates attendance at yearly communion meeting.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Albania 10,864 0.33% 48
units
- 2000 *LINK* official website; page: "2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide " Table: "Statistics: 2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Algeria 80 - 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 "; Data from columns: "No. of congs. " and "Memorial attendance "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Andorra 208 - 1
unit
- 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 "; Data from columns: "No. of congs. " and "Memorial attendance "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Andorra 258 0.40% 2
units
- 1997 *LINK* official web site From 1997 Statistics "Memorial attendance " column. Count of all who attend this once-a-year meeting, whether or not a "publisher " in full standing. Most would be considered adherents.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Andorra 244 0.37% - - 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 "; "Memorial attendance " column indicates attendance at yearly communion meeting.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Andorra 313 0.47% 2
units
- 2000 *LINK* official website; page: "2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide " Table: "Statistics: 2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Angola 160,414 1.31% 478
units
- 1997 *LINK* official web site From 1997 Statistics "Memorial attendance " column. Count of all who attend this once-a-year meeting, whether or not a "publisher " in full standing. Most would be considered adherents.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Angola 147,429 1.17% - - 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 "; "Memorial attendance " column indicates attendance at yearly communion meeting.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Angola 181,002 1.43% 696
units
- 2000 *LINK* official website; page: "2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide " Table: "Statistics: 2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Anguilla 30 - 1
unit
- 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 "; Data from columns: "No. of congs. " and "Memorial attendance "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Anguilla 138 1.97% 1
unit
- 1997 *LINK* official web site From 1997 Statistics "Memorial attendance " column. Count of all who attend this once-a-year meeting, whether or not a "publisher " in full standing. Most would be considered adherents.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Anguilla 114 1.14% - - 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 "; "Memorial attendance " column indicates attendance at yearly communion meeting.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Anguilla 175 1.75% 1
unit
- 2000 *LINK* official website; page: "2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide " Table: "Statistics: 2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Antigua 552 - 4
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 "; Data from columns: "No. of congs. " and "Memorial attendance "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Antigua 1,190 1.80% 5
units
- 1997 *LINK* official web site From 1997 Statistics "Memorial attendance " column. Count of all who attend this once-a-year meeting, whether or not a "publisher " in full standing. Most would be considered adherents.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Antigua 955 1.45% - - 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 "; "Memorial attendance " column indicates attendance at yearly communion meeting.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Antigua 1,123 1.70% 6
units
- 2000 *LINK* official website; page: "2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide " Table: "Statistics: 2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Argentina 102,839 - 638
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 "; Data from columns: "No. of congs. " and "Memorial attendance "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Argentina 245,935 0.75% 1,663
units
- 1997 *LINK* official web site From 1997 Statistics "Memorial attendance " column. Count of all who attend this once-a-year meeting, whether or not a "publisher " in full standing. Most would be considered adherents.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Argentina 250,445 0.75% - - 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 "; "Memorial attendance " column indicates attendance at yearly communion meeting.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Argentina 260,570 0.72% 1,700
units
- 2000 *LINK* official website; page: "2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide " Table: "Statistics: 2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Armenia 13,410 0.39% - - 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 "; "Memorial attendance " column indicates attendance at yearly communion meeting.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Armenia 18,817 0.56% 39
units
- 2000 *LINK* official website; page: "2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide " Table: "Statistics: 2000 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Aruba 927 - 5
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 "; Data from columns: "No. of congs. " and "Memorial attendance "


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