May 15, 2012
New Census Data- Mormons & Muslims Growing Fast
While 80 percent of Americans still claim to be Christians, the devil is in the details.
The 2012 Religious Congregations and Membership Study was released earlier this month. The data was captured by the 2010 census, and it reveals some dramatic changes in the religious landscape of the United States over the last 10 years. Key findings include:
-The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has 2 million new adherents and new congregations in 295 counties. It is the fastest-growing religious group in the U.S.
-Muslims grew by 1 million adherents and Muslim congregations now exist in 197 more counties than a decade ago. There are now about 2.6 million Muslims in the US.
-Overall, non-Christian religious groups grew by 32 percent over the last ten years.
-Over 80 percent of Americans claim to be Christians, but lest than half (49 percent) are attached to a congregation.
You can read more about the study and download a fascinating presentation at the 2010 U.S. Religion Census website. It includes colorful maps tracking the diffusion of various denominations around the country. This is a very helpful tool for any church planters, and it may illuminate the cultural shifts in your own community.