New Survey Resources

Recent survey data and resources on the church are re-posted from The Association of American Religion Data Archives ( and

The 2006 American Religion and Ethnicity, 1st Wave

Here is the data file for the first wave of a planned longitudinal panel study focused on capturing the impact of ethnic and racial diversity on religion in everyday life. The study hopes to document the connections between religious change and other types of change in individuals and families over the course of their lives and across generations on both the individual and congregational levels. Access and search the original database here:

The Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB)

reported in the 2010 U.S. Religion Census that, when grouped together, the nondenominational and independent churches are now the third largest faith group with more than 12 million adherents. The Catholic Church, though in decline, remains the largest faith group with almost 59 million adherents, followed by the Southern Baptist Church, which has more than 50,000 congregations and almost 20 million adherents.

Historic U.S. Church Membership Surveys by County

This resource has two associated data sets on U.S. Christian life and church membership. The first contains Christian church and church membership statistics, by county, at uneven intervals from 1952 to 2000. The second are U.S. Census Bureau statistical data sets showing the number of individuals in various denominations by geography, organized by county, between 1890 and 1936. Explore this interesting material at

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