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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

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

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

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

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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