U.S. Membership Data
The following tables and charts provide U.S. membership data for Southern Baptist Convention available on the ARDA.
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Southern Baptist Convention Members*

Year Members
2009 16,160,088
2008 16,228,438
2007 16,266,920
2006 16,306,246
2005 16,270,315
2004 16,267,494
2003 16,439,603
2002 16,247,736
2001 16,052,920
2000 15,960,308

* Presented are the last 10 years of membership data we have available (2000 - 2010). From 2000 to 2010 Southern Baptist Convention grew by 175,736 members, an increase of approximately 1.1%.

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Top Five Counties by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
Harris County, TX
579,759
141.67
Tarrant County, TX
313,798
173.46
Dallas County, TX
261,216
110.30
Jefferson County, AL
185,650
281.94
Oklahoma County, OK
148,461
206.59

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More Membership Resources

The ARDA provides several more, in-depth resources related to Southern Baptist Convention membership. Click on a link below to visit a resource, which will open in a new tab.

View more U.S. Maps, with the ability to compare maps
View maps of individual states with data from 1980-2010
View a sortable, ranked list of all counties
View a sortable, ranked list of all metro areas
View a sortable, ranked list of all states

Membership by State (2010)*

* This map displays the number of people per 1,000 that are members of Southern Baptist Convention. Hover the mouse over states to see values.

Darker colors = higher rates. For example, in Mississippi, 305.79 out of every 1,000 people are Southern Baptist Convention members. Click here to view a ranked list of all states (opens in new tab).


Top Five States by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
Texas
3,721,318
147.99
Georgia
1,759,317
181.60
North Carolina
1,513,059
158.68
Tennessee
1,483,356
233.74
Alabama
1,392,363
291.31

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Top Five Metro Areas by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
985,562
153.37
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
828,237
139.90
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
742,248
140.40
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area
343,450
154.92
Birmingham-Hoover, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
335,938
297.80

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Data Sources

Southern Baptist Convention Members:
Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR).

Membership by State Map and all other tables:
2000 and 2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by ASARB.

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