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The Protestant Episcopal Church is the largest Anglican body in the United States, and one of the country's oldest denominations. Nearly all affiliated Episcopalians or Anglicans in the United States are members of this religious body. Today the church has about 2.4 million members.

The Episcopal Church was long known for the prominence of its members, including a "quarter of US presidents, half of the chief justices of the Supreme Court, the Vanderbilts, the Mellons, the Astors, Jefferson Davis, Fiorello La Guardia, Nat King Cole." *

Top 10 U.S. States with Highest Proportion of
Episcopalians (Affiliated) in the Population, 1990

State Number Percent
Rhode Island 31,865 3.18%
Connecticut 78,804 2.40
Wyoming 9,894 2.18
Virginia 129,070 2.09
Massachusetts 122,190 2.03
Delaware 13,307 2.00
Maryland 82,714 1.73
South Dakota 11,940 1.72
Vermont 9,628 1.71
New Hampshire 16,301 1.47

Top 10 U.S. States with Most Episcopalians (Affiliated), 1990

State Number Percent
New York 231,690 1.29%
California 178,263 0.60
Texas 169,112 1.00
Florida 158,595 1.23
Pennsylvania 138,152 1.16
Virginia 129,070 2.09
Massachusetts 122,190 2.03
New Jersey 105,607 1.37
Maryland 82,714 1.73
Connecticut 78,804 2.40


States on both lists (Highest Number and Highest Percent): Connecticut, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Maryland.


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. This data source was obtained from the American Religion Data Archive.

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* Source of quote at top: "The Episcopal Church in Crisis", by Tucker Carlson, 18 October 1999.

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