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The Largest Christian Science Communities



Last updated 8 March 2000.

Historically, the Boston-based
Church of Christ, Scientist (Christian Science), has been one of the most original religious movements to have originated on American soil. Its theological innovations and legal victories have had significant impact far beyond the confines of its own membership.

Note: The Church of Christ, Scientist, as per its founders instructions, does not release membership figures. Lists here are based on the numbers of congregations the organization reports.


Top 10 U.S. states with
highest concentrations of
Christian Science churches, 1990

Rank State Total State
Residents per
Christian Science
congregation
Number of
Christian Science
congregations
1 Vermont 43,289 13
2 Wyoming 50,399 9
3 Maine 51,164 24
4 Oregon 60,475 47
5 New Hampshire 61,625 18
6 Montana 66,589 12
7 Washington 66,667 73
8 Idaho 83,896 12
9 Massachusetts 87,195 69
10 Wisconsin 88,941 55

Top 10 U.S. States with
most Christian Science branches, 1990

Rank State Number
of branches
Total State
Residents per
Christian Science
congregation
1 California 295 100,881
2 New York 108 166,578
3 Illinois 104 109,910
4 Florida 94 137,638
5 Texas 93 182,650
6 Michigan 79 117,662
7 Ohio 77 140,872
8 Washington 73 66,667
9 Massachusetts 69 87,195
10 Pennsylvania 64 185,651


States on both lists (Most Branches per Total State Resident andHighest Total Number of Branches): Washington and Massachusetts. (Boston, Massachusetts, of course, is the world headquarters of the Church of Christ, Scientist.)

Top 25 U.S. Counties with
Most Christian Science branches, 1990

County Churches
Los Angeles, CA 75
Cook, IL 38
King, WA 26
San Diego, CA 23
Orange, CA 20
Middlesex, MA 18
Wayne, MI 14
Nassau, NY 13
Harris, TX 13
Alameda, CA 12
Cuyahoga, OH 12
Santa Clara, CA 12
St. Louis, MO 11
San Bernardino, CA 11
Dallas, TX 11
Maricopa, AZ 11
Fairfield, CT 10
Westchester, NY 10
New York, NY 10
Dade, FL 10
Essex, MA 9
Contra Costa, CA 9
Pinellas, FL 9
Milwaukee, WI 9
Oakland, MI 9


The counties in this list are generally among the U.S. counties with the highest populations. A county appearing on this list does not necessarily have a larger number of Christian Scientists
per capita than other counties.

States in this list: California (7), New York (3), Massachusetts (2), Texas (2), Florida (2), Michigan (2), Arizona, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Washington, Wisconsin, and Connecticut.


Source:Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1990, published by the Glenmary Research Center, P.O. Box 507, Mars Hill, NC 28754. Principle investigator: Church Growth Research Center, Church of the Nazarene, Kansas City, MO. Data set obtained from the American Religion Data Archive.

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