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

Year Members
2007 7,853,987
2006 7,931,733
2005 7,995,456
2004 8,075,010
2003 8,186,254
2002 8,251,175
2001 8,298,145
2000 8,340,954
1999 8,377,662
1998 8,400,000

* Presented are the last 10 years of membership data we have available (1998 - 2009). From 1998 to 2009 United Methodist Church declined by 720150 members, a decrease of approximately 9.4%.

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Top Five Counties by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
Harris County, TX
182,624
44.62
Tarrant County, TX
106,504
58.87
Fulton County, GA
102,688
111.55
Dallas County, TX
94,881
40.07
St. Joseph County, IN
77,645
290.88

View a complete, ranked list of all counties, with data from 1980-2010 (opens in new window).


More Membership Resources

The ARDA provides several more, in-depth resources related to United Methodist Church 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 United Methodist Church. Hover the mouse over states to see values.

Darker colors = higher rates. For example, in Iowa, 77.2 out of every 1,000 people are United Methodist 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)
Texas
1,035,168
41.17
North Carolina
659,064
69.12
Georgia
619,394
63.94
Pennsylvania
591,734
46.58
Ohio
496,232
43.01

View a complete, ranked list of all states, with data from 1980-2010 (opens in new window).


Top Five Metro Areas by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
356,309
67.40
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
314,125
48.88
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
273,829
46.25
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area
199,725
35.44
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
163,399
8.35

View a complete, ranked list of all metro areas, with data from 1980-2010 (opens in new window).



Data Sources

United Methodist 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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