African Methodist Episcopal Church
U.S. Membership Data
The following tables and charts provide U.S. membership data for African Methodist Episcopal Church available on the ARDA.
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Members*

Year Members
1999 2,500,000
1991 3,500,000
1981 2,210,000
1980 2,050,000
1979 1,970,000
1978 1,950,000
1951 1,166,301
1950 1,166,301
1946 868,735
1942 868,735

* Presented are the last 10 years of membership data we have available (1942 - 2009). From 1942 to 2009 African Methodist Episcopal Church grew by 1,631,265 members, an increase of approximately 187.8%.

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Top Five Counties by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
Los Angeles County, CA
41,521
4.23
Prince George's County, MD
32,401
37.53
Queens County, NY
28,085
12.59
Duval County, FL
24,871
28.78
Charleston County, SC
24,821
70.87

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More Membership Resources

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Membership by State (2010)*

* This map displays the number of people per 1,000 that are members of African Methodist Episcopal Church. Hover the mouse over states to see values.

Darker colors = higher rates. For example, in South Carolina, 26.13 out of every 1,000 people are African Methodist Episcopal Church 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)
South Carolina
120,854
26.13
Georgia
117,271
12.11
Florida
111,300
5.92
Maryland
78,364
13.57
California
61,557
1.65

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Top Five Metro Areas by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
67,006
3.42
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
46,930
8.88
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
43,178
3.37
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area
42,921
7.62
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
37,747
13.93

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Data Sources

African Methodist Episcopal Church 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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