Churches of Christ
U.S. Membership Data
The following tables and charts provide U.S. membership data for Churches of Christ available on the ARDA.
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Churches of Christ Members*

Year Members
2005 1,639,495
1999 1,500,000
1997 1,800,000
1996 2,250,000
1995 1,655,000
1994 1,651,103
1993 1,651,103
1992 1,684,872
1990 1,683,346
1989 1,626,000

* Presented are the last 10 years of membership data we have available (1989 - 2006). From 1989 to 2006 Churches of Christ grew by 13,495 members, an increase of less than 1 percent.

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Top Five Counties by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
Dallas County, TX
41,160
17.38
Davidson County, TN
35,421
56.52
Harris County, TX
33,525
8.19
Tarrant County, TX
31,905
17.64
Shelby County, TN
18,798
20.26

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More Membership Resources

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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 Churches of Christ. Hover the mouse over states to see values.

Darker colors = higher rates. For example, in Tennessee, 33.74 out of every 1,000 people are Churches of Christ 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
351,129
13.96
Tennessee
214,118
33.74
Alabama
114,015
23.85
Arkansas
84,635
29.03
Oklahoma
77,495
20.66

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Top Five Metro Areas by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
103,388
16.09
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
92,090
55.11
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
49,743
8.40
Memphis, TN-MS-AR, Metropolitan Statistical Area
28,676
21.65
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
27,227
5.15

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Data Sources

Churches of Christ 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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