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Top 10 U.S. States with Highest Proportion of
Wesleyans in the Population, 1990

State Churches Adherents Percent
Wyoming* 8 5,059 1.12%
South Dakota 31 5,543 0.80
Indiana 238 34,025 0.61
Michigan 142 39,404 0.42
Delaware 17 2,703 0.41
North Carolina 157 22,866 0.34
Kansas 52 6,806 0.27
South Carolina 68 7,676 0.22
Iowa 25 5,615 0.20
Virginia 66 12,476 0.20


* Note: There are some peculiarities regarding the Wyoming Wesleyan data in this data set, and the number of adherents in the data set (5,059) may be a mistake. This could mean that Wyoming might not really be the U.S. state with the highest proportion of Wesleyans. The number of congregations listed for Wyoming is only 8, which is believed to be the correct number. This would mean there are, on average, 632 Wesleyans in each congregation in Wyoming. While there are certainly many churches in the U.S. of this size, the next highest state average for adherents per Wesleyan church is only 332 adherents per church. The average for the U.S. is only 134 adherents per church. Furthermore, there are only 414 full-communicant members listed for all of Wyoming, which works out to 12 adherents per member. The other states typically have 2 to 4 adherents per member. For these reasons, one must conclude that either there has been a recording mistake and that Wyoming did not really have 5,059 Wesleyan adherents in 1990, or the Wesleyan church in Wyoming is statistically quite different from the national scene.

Top 10 U.S. States with Most Wesleyans, 1990

State Churches Adherents Percent
Michigan 142 39,404 0.42%
Indiana 238 34,025 0.61
North Carolina 157 22,866 0.34
New York 121 19,704 0.11
California 44 14,542 0.05
Ohio 121 13,549 0.12
Pennsylvania 74 12,496 0.11
Virginia 66 12,476 0.20
South Carolina 68 7,676 0.22
Florida 41 7,014 0.05


States on both lists (Highest Number and Highest Percent): Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia.


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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