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Group Where Number
of
Adherents
% of
total
pop.
Number
of
congreg./
churches/
units
Number
of
countries
Year Source Quote/
Notes
affiliated USA - 34.00% - - 1850 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 55. "...proportion belonging to churches had about doubled [since 1776], to 34% "
affiliated USA - 16.00% - - 1850 Popenoe, David. Sociology (5th Ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc. (1983); pg. 432. "Another mark of Americans' religious orientation is membership in formal religious organizations. In 1850, only 16% of Americans belonged to organized religious denominations. By 1980, this figure had risen to 60%. Over 135 million Americans reported membership in some 209 denominations. "
affiliated USA - 16.00% - - 1850 Popenoe, David. Sociology (5th Ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc. (1983); pg. 447. "Although 60% of the population were members of religious bodies in 1978, the comparable figure was 16% in 1850, 36% in 1900, and 49% in 1940. "
affiliated USA - 20.00% - - 1857 Welles, Sam. The World's Great Religions, New York: Time Incorporated (1957); pg. 166. "A century ago, in what is often recalled as a more religious age, less than one American in five held church membership. Today more than three out of five do so. "
affiliated USA - 37.00% - - 1860 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 15. "Figure 1.2 plots the overall trend in the rate of religious adherence for two centuries. This pattern can truly be called the churching of America... By the start of the Civil War this proportion had rise [sic] dramatically, to 37%. "
affiliated USA - 37.00% - - 1860 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 16. Figure 1.2: "Rates of Religious Adherence, 1776-1980 "
affiliated USA - 20.00% - - 1865 Wuthnow, Robert. The Restructuring of American Religion: Society and Faith Since World War II, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (1988); pg. 21-22. "...religious membership rose even more rapidly: from less than 20 percent of the adult population at the end of the Civil War to more than 40 percent by the end of the century. "
affiliated USA - 35.00% - - 1870 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 15. "The immense dislocations of the [Civil] war caused a serious decline in adherence in the South, which is reflected in the overall decline to 35% in the 1870 census. "
affiliated USA - 35.00% - - 1870 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 16. Figure 1.2: "Rates of Religious Adherence, 1776-1980 "
affiliated USA - - 70,000
units
- 1870 Wuthnow, Robert. The Restructuring of American Religion: Society and Faith Since World War II, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (1988); pg. 22. "All of this took enormous resources. Between 1870 and the end of World War !, the number of local churches grew from little more than 70,000 to over 225,000. During the same period, the number of church buildings increased from 63,000 to 203,000... "
affiliated USA 21,699,000 - - - 1890 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "
affiliated USA - 45.00% - - 1890 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 16. Figure 1.2: "Rates of Religious Adherence, 1776-1980 "
affiliated USA - 36.00% - - 1900 Herberg, Will. Protestant-Catholic-Jew: An Essay in American Religious Sociology; Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company (1960); pg. 48. "At the opening of the present century, church membership stood at something like 36% of the population; in 1926 when the Census of Religious Bodies established a new basis of calculation, it was above 46% "
affiliated USA - 36.00% - - 1900 Popenoe, David. Sociology (5th Ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc. (1983); pg. 447. "Although 60% of the population were members of religious bodies in 1978, the comparable figure was 16% in 1850, 36% in 1900, and 49% in 1940. "
affiliated USA - 40.00% - - 1900 Wuthnow, Robert. The Restructuring of American Religion: Society and Faith Since World War II, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (1988); pg. 21-22. "...religious membership rose even more rapidly: from less than 20 percent of the adult population at the end of the Civil War to more than 40 percent by the end of the century. "
affiliated USA 35,068,000 - 212,230
units
- 1906 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Church Denominations, Members, and Edifices: 1850 to 1936 "; Total adherents figure based on "Members " column; Number of units figure based on "Local organizations " column.
affiliated USA 35,068,000 - - - 1906 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "
affiliated USA - 51.00% - - 1906 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 15. "The [adherence] rate then began to rise once more, and by 1906 slightly more than half of the U.S. population was churched. "
affiliated USA - 51.00% - - 1906 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 16. Figure 1.2: "Rates of Religious Adherence, 1776-1980 "
affiliated USA - 43.00% - - 1910 Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People; Yale University Press: New Haven & London (1973); pg. 952. Table: "Church Affiliation in the Twentieth Century (Percentage of Total Population) "
affiliated USA - - 225,000
units
- 1915 Wuthnow, Robert. The Restructuring of American Religion: Society and Faith Since World War II, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (1988); pg. 22. "All of this took enormous resources. Between 1870 and the end of World War !, the number of local churches grew from little more than 70,000 to over 225,000. During the same period, the number of church buildings increased from 63,000 to 203,000... "
affiliated USA 41,927,000 - 227,487
units
- 1916 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Church Denominations, Members, and Edifices: 1850 to 1936 "; Total adherents figure based on "Members " column; Number of units figure based on "Local organizations " column.
affiliated USA - 53.00% - - 1916 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 16. Figure 1.2: "Rates of Religious Adherence, 1776-1980 "
affiliated USA - 43.00% - - 1920 Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People; Yale University Press: New Haven & London (1973); pg. 952. Table: "Church Affiliation in the Twentieth Century (Percentage of Total Population) "
affiliated USA 54,576,000 - 232,154
units
- 1926 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Church Denominations, Members, and Edifices: 1850 to 1936 "; Total adherents figure based on "Members " column; Number of units figure based on "Local organizations " column.
affiliated USA 54,576,000 - - - 1926 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "
affiliated USA - 56.00% - - 1926 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 15. "Adherence rates reached 56% by 1926. Since then the rate has been rather stable although inching upwards. "
affiliated USA - 56.00% - - 1926 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 16. Figure 1.2: "Rates of Religious Adherence, 1776-1980 "
affiliated USA - 46.00% - - 1926 Herberg, Will. Protestant-Catholic-Jew: An Essay in American Religious Sociology; Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company (1960); pg. 48. "At the opening of the present century, church membership stood at something like 36% of the population; in 1926 when the Census of Religious Bodies established a new basis of calculation, it was above 46% "
affiliated USA - 47.00% - - 1930 Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People; Yale University Press: New Haven & London (1973); pg. 952. Table: "Church Affiliation in the Twentieth Century (Percentage of Total Population) "
affiliated USA 59,798,000 - - - 1931 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "
affiliated USA 60,157,000 - - - 1932 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "
affiliated USA 60,813,000 - - - 1933 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "
affiliated USA 62,007,000 - - - 1934 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "
affiliated USA 62,678,000 - - - 1935 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "
affiliated USA 55,807,000 - 199,302
units
- 1936 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Church Denominations, Members, and Edifices: 1850 to 1936 "; Total adherents figure based on "Members " column; Number of units figure based on "Local organizations " column.
affiliated USA 55,807,000 - - - 1936 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "; Report by U.S. Census Dept., based on church/congregational clerk reports, was 55,807,000, but "The Christian Herald reported 1936 membership as 63,222,000. "
affiliated USA 63,222,000 - - - 1936 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "; Report by U.S. Census Dept., based on church/congregational clerk reports, was 55,807,000, but "The Christian Herald reported 1936 membership as 63,222,000. "
affiliated USA - 77.00% - - 1936 Robertson, Ian. Sociology (2nd ed.); New York, NY: Worth Publishers (1981) [2nd edition is updated since 1977 1st edition]; pg. 428. "In the United States, for example, 67% of the population were members of (rather than merely believers in) a particular faith in 1982, down from 77% forty-six years previously. "
affiliated USA 63,848,000 - - - 1937 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "
affiliated USA 64,157,000 - - - 1938 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "
affiliated USA 64,502,000 - - - 1940 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "
affiliated USA - 49.00% - - 1940 Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People; Yale University Press: New Haven & London (1973); pg. 952. Table: "Church Affiliation in the Twentieth Century (Percentage of Total Population) "
affiliated USA - 75.00% - - 1940 Podell, Janet (ed.). Religion in American Life; New York: H. W. Wilson Company (1987); pg. 13. "Throughout the period of public opinion polling, from the 1940s until the mid-1960s, roughly three-quarters of the American population consistently reported they were church or synagogue members. "
affiliated USA - 49.00% - - 1940 Popenoe, David. Sociology (5th Ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc. (1983); pg. 447. "Although 60% of the population were members of religious bodies in 1978, the comparable figure was 16% in 1850, 36% in 1900, and 49% in 1940. "
affiliated USA 68,501,000 - - - 1942 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "
affiliated USA 72,493,000 - - - 1944 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "
affiliated USA 71,700,000 - - - 1945 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "; For this year, "Includes only bodies with memberships over 50,000. "
affiliated USA - 50.00% - - 1945 Chalfant, H. Paul, et al. Religion in Contemporary Society (3rd Ed.); Itasca, Illinois: F.E. Peacock Publishers (1994); pg. 165. "By 1950, 57% of Americans were church members, up from less than 50% in the 1940s...'
affiliated USA 70,000,000 - - - 1945 Reeves, Thomas C. Twentieth Century America: A Brief History. New York: Oxford University Press (2000); pg. 158. "Between 1945 and 1955 church membership soared from about 70 million to over 100 million. "
affiliated USA 73,673,000 - - - 1946 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "; For this year, "Includes only bodies with memberships over 50,000. "
affiliated USA 77,386,000 - - - 1947 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "
affiliated USA 79,436,000 - - - 1948 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "
affiliated USA 81,862,000 - - - 1949 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "
affiliated USA 86,830,000 - - - 1950 Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census (1975); pg. 391. Table: "Membership of Religious Bodies, 1890 to 1970... "; This part of the table shows 2 columns: Year and "Total membership "
affiliated USA - 55.00% - - 1950 Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People; Yale University Press: New Haven & London (1973); pg. 952. Table: "Church Affiliation in the Twentieth Century (Percentage of Total Population) "
affiliated USA - 57.00% - - 1950 Chalfant, H. Paul, et al. Religion in Contemporary Society (3rd Ed.); Itasca, Illinois: F.E. Peacock Publishers (1994); pg. 165. "By 1950, 57% of Americans were church members... "
affiliated USA 85,319,000 57.00% - - 1950 Herberg, Will. Protestant-Catholic-Jew: An Essay in American Religious Sociology; Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company (1960); pg. 47. "In 1950 total church membership was reckoned at 85,319,000, or about 57% of the total population. In 1958 it was 109,557,741, or about 63%, marking an all-time high in the nation's history. "
affiliated USA 109,557,744 63.00% - - 1950 Herberg, Will. Protestant-Catholic-Jew: An Essay in American Religious Sociology; Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company (1960); pg. 47. "In 1950 total church membership was reckoned at 85,319,000, or about 57% of the total population. In 1958 it was 109,557,741, or about 63%, marking an all-time high in the nation's history. "
affiliated USA - 59.00% - - 1952 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 16. Figure 1.2: "Rates of Religious Adherence, 1776-1980 "
affiliated USA 74,125,464 - - - 1952 Rosten, Leo (ed.). Religions in America; New York: Simon & Schuster (1963), 8th ed. [1st pub. in 1952. 8th ed. completely revised]; pg. 223. Church Membership in U.S.' (Publ. by Nat'l Council of Churches,1952): Data from 114 relig. bodies, including Catholic & Jewish, (but not incl. 137 relig. bodies) revealed total membership of 74,125,462 persons in 182,856 local churches.
affiliated USA - 59.50% - - 1953 Marty, Martin E. Pilgrims in Their Own Land: 500 Years of Religion in America. Boston: Little, Brown and Co. (1984); pg. 425. "The 'village atheist' was disappearing. In 1953 church membership, at 53.5% of the population, reached an all-time high. "
affiliated USA - 59.00% - - 1955 *LINK* Morin, Richard. "Keeping the Faith " in Washington Post (Jan. 12, 1998). "Even in the 1950s, when everybody thinks family values and religion had a tighter grip on America, 59 percent of those adults interviewed by Gallup said they were church members. "
affiliated USA 100,000,000 - - - 1955 Reeves, Thomas C. Twentieth Century America: A Brief History. New York: Oxford University Press (2000); pg. 158. "The nation experienced a religious revival in this era. Church construction rose from $76 million in 1946 to $409 million in 1950, to more than $1 billion by the end of the decade. Between 1945 and 1955 church membership soared from about 70 million to over 100 million. In 1955 and 1958, a record 49 percent of Americans reported having attended a church or synagogue in the past week. "
affiliated USA - 62.00% - - 1956 Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People; Yale University Press: New Haven & London (1973); pg. 952. Table: "Church Affiliation in the Twentieth Century (Percentage of Total Population) "


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