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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1983 - Present) - Religious Group

Religious Family: Presbyterian/Reformed
Religious Tradition: Mainline Protestant
Description: The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the largest of several Presbyterian churches in America, was founded in 1983 as a merger of the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America and the Presbyterian Church in the United States.
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Maps: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)1

Adherence Rate per 1,000 (2020)

Congregations (2020)

Top 5 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) States (2020)1 [View all States]

Rank State Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 South Carolina 282 63,370 12.38
2 North Carolina 616 129,110 12.37
3 Pennsylvania 839 143,051 11.00
4 Iowa 242 32,550 10.20
5 Virginia 436 77,505 8.98

Top 5 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Counties (2020)1 [View all Counties]

Rank County Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Sully County, SD 1 154 106.50
2 Prairie County, MT 1 84 77.21
3 Highland County, VA 3 170 76.16
4 Williamsburg city, VA 1 1,165 75.53
5 Hand County, SD 1 229 72.81

Top 5 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Metro Areas (2020)1 [View all Metro Areas]

Rank Metro Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Mexico, MO Micro Area 7 1,004 40.22
2 Spirit Lake, IA Micro Area 2 691 39.03
3 Pinehurst-Southern Pines, NC Micro Area 20 3,862 38.73
4 New Castle, PA Micro Area 22 3,168 36.81
5 Worthington, MN Micro Area 7 738 33.11

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Members (1983 - 2010)2

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Ministers & Churches (1983 - 2010)2

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Trends (1983 - 2010)2

1983 3,122,213 18,880 11,596
1984 3,092,151 19,116 11,572
1985 3,048,235 19,345 11,554
1986 3,007,322 19,514 11,531
1987 2,967,781 19,840 11,513
1988 2,929,608 19,746 11,505
1989 2,886,482 20,078 11,469
1990 3,788,009 20,338 11,501
1991 3,778,358 20,357 11,468
1992 3,758,085 20,527 11,456
1993 3,796,766 20,585 11,501
1994 3,698,136 20,624 11,399
1995 3,669,489 20,640 11,361
1996 3,637,375 20,783 11,328
1997 3,610,753 20,858 11,295
1998 3,574,959 20,940 11,260
1999 3,561,184 20,988 11,216
2000 3,485,332 21,065 11,178
2001 3,455,952 21,150 11,142
2002 3,407,329 21,194 11,097
2003 3,241,309 21,248 11,064
2004 3,189,573 21,287 11,019
2005 3,098,842 21,312 10,960
2006 3,025,740 21,360 11,903
2007 2,941,412 21,368 10,820
2008 2,844,952 21,286 10,751
2009 2,770,730 21,235 10,657
2010 2,675,873 21,161 10,560

Demographic & Public Opinion Data

The following table provides information from Presbyterian Church (USA) respondents on demographic characteristics and a variety of attitudes and experiences using data from the 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, collected by Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

Demographics (Presbyterian Church (USA))
Percent that live in the South. 40.2
Percent that are currently citizens of the United States 97.9
Percent that are 60 or older 58.4
Percent female 53.7
Percent of Hispanic origin or descent 3
Percent that are white 90.4
Percent born in the United States 93.5
Percent that are currently married 66.1
Percent with a family income of less than $40,000 a year 22.2
Percent that have a B.A., B.S. or other 4-year college degree 62.1

Religious Practices (Presbyterian Church (USA))
Percent that are members of a local house of worship 80.1
Percent that pray at least once a day 62.9
Percent that meditate at least once a week 43.9
Percent that attend religious services at least once a week 49.8
Percent that read scripture outside of religious services at least once a week 39.3
Percent that participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs at least once a week 26.2
Percent that share their faith with "non-believers or people from other relgious backgrounds" at least once a week 18
Percent that did volunteer work in the last seven days 44.6
Percent that speak in tongues at least once a month 6.1

Religious Beliefs (Presbyterian Church (USA))
Percent that believe in God or a universal spirit 97.7
Percent that believe in Heaven 77.3
Percent that believe in Hell 48.8
Percent that believe in reincarnation 0
Percent that say religion is a very important part of their life 62.9
Percent that believe their holy book is the word of God 63.1
Percent that believe that their church or denomination should preserve its traditional beliefs and practices 33.2
Percent that look most to "religious teachings and beliefs" when it comes to questions of right and wrong 36
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations bring people together and strengthen community bonds 95.3
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations play an important role in helping the poor and needy 94.6
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations protect and strengthen morality in society 89.3
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too involved with politics 37.4
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations are too concerned with money and power 36.2
Percent that believe that churches and other religious organizations focus too much on rules 40
Percent that think about the meaning and purpose of life at least once a week 54.7
Percent that feel a strong sense of gratitude or thankfulness at least once a week 84.1
Percent that feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week 52.1
Percent that feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week 65.4
Percent that think many religions can lead to eternal life 80.4

Moral Attitudes (Presbyterian Church (USA))
Percent that believe that there are clear and absolute standards for what is right and wrong 31.8
Percent that think homosexuality should be accepted by society 67.3
Percent that "strongly favor" allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally 23.4
Percent that think more women in the workforce is a change for the worse 6.8
Percent that think that more people having children without getting married is a change for the worse 65.2
Percent that believe that abortion should be illegal in all cases 4.7

Political Attitudes (Presbyterian Church (USA))
Percent Republican 34.1
Percent that are conservative or very conservative 35.7
Percent that are not registered to vote 6.1
Percent that personally know anyone who is gay or lesbian 87.9
Percent that believe that government aid to the poor does more harm than good 38.8
Percent that think that growing immigration is a change for the worse 37.1
Percent that believe that stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost. 58.4
Percent that would prefer a smaller government, with fewer services 58.2

Other Beliefs and Attitudes (Presbyterian Church (USA))
Percent that are very satisfied with their health 56.8
Percent that are "very satisfied" with family life 73.4
Percent that say they are "very happy" with life these days 34.8
Percent that believe that humans and other living beings evolved over time 72.7


1 The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155. [More information on the data sources]

2 All data on clergy, members, and churches are taken from the National Council of Churches’ Historic Archive CD and recent print editions of the Council’s Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. The CD archives all 68 editions of the Yearbook (formerly called Yearbook of the Churches and Yearbook of American Churches) from 1916 to 2000. Read more information on the Historic Archive CD and the Yearbook.

Membership figures are "inclusive." According to the Yearbook, this includes "those who are full communicant or confirmed members plus other members baptized, non-confirmed or non-communicant." Each denomination has its own criteria for membership.

When a denomination listed on the Historic Archive CD was difficult to identify, particularly in early editions of the Yearbook, the ARDA staff consulted numerous sources, including Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions and the Handbook of Denominations in the United States. In some cases, ARDA staff consulted the denomination’s website or contacted its offices by phone. When a denomination could not be positively identified, its data were omitted.

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