Sunday, March 27, 2011

2009 Membership By Country

To be used as a reference, below is a list of LDS membership in 2009 for countries and territories with a reported church presence. Countries with an asterisk have no official LDS membership totals reported and figures are estimates calculated by myself. It is important to note that membership statistics are misleading as they do not take into account member activity rates. For example, in Chile only 345,874 members were assigned to an LDS congregation in the late 2000s (60% of total membership) as the location of the remaining 210,000 members was unknown. Member activity rates for most countries range between 20-40%.

1 United States 6,058,907
2 Mexico 1,197,573
3 Brazil 1,102,674
4 Philippines 631,885
5 Chile 561,920
6 Peru 480,816
7 Argentina 380,669
8 Guatemala 220,296
9 Ecuador 190,498
10 United Kingdom 186,082
11 Canada 179,801
12 Colombia 168,514
13 Bolivia 168,396
14 Venezuela 146,987
15 Honduras 136,408
16 Australia 126,767
17 Japan 124,041
18 Dominican Republic 114,571
19 El Salvador 105,501
20 New Zealand 100,962
21 Uruguay 93,935
22 Nigeria 93,532
23 South Korea 82,472
24 Paraguay 78,220
25 Samoa 69,244
26 Nicaragua 67,275
27 Tonga 55,173
28 South Africa 51,710
29 Taiwan 51,090
30 Spain 45,729
31 Panama 45,343
32 Ghana 40,872
33 Portugal 38,509
34 Germany 37,796
35 Costa Rica 36,823
36 France 35,427
37 Hong Kong 24,114
38 Democratic Republic of Congo 23,615
39 Italy 23,430
40 French Polynesia 20,805
41 Puerto Rico 20,386
42 Russia 20,276
43 Zimbabwe 17,632
44 Papua New Guinea 17,315
45 Haiti 16,322
46 Thailand 16,195
47 Fiji 15,613
48 American Samoa 14,784
49 Ivory Coast 14,417
50 Kiribati 14,172
51 Ukraine 10,722
52 Kenya 9,370
53 Mongolia 9,239
54 Sweden 9,091
55 Cambodia 8,908
56 Netherlands 8,901
57 Sierra Leone 8,330
58 India 8,289
59 Uganda 8,216
60 Switzerland 7,947
61 Cape Verde 7,149
62 Indonesia 6,546
63 Malaysia 6,404
64 China* 6,000
65 Belgium 5,980
66 Jamaica 5,906
67 Madagascar 5,516
68 Liberia 5,251
69 Mozambique 5,079
70 Guyana 4,846
71 Marshall Is 4,725
72 Hungary 4,594
73 Finland 4,578
74 Republic of Congo 4,462
75 Denmark 4,387
76 Norway 4,206
77 Austria 4,203
78 Vanuatu 4,006
79 Micronesia 3,989
80 Belize 3,609
81 Singapore 2,938
82 Armenia 2,833
83 Romania 2,800
84 Ireland 2,799
85 Trinidad and Tobago 2,695
86 Pakistan* 2,400
87 Zambia 2,395
88 Czech Republic 2,198
89 Bulgaria 2,151
90 Guam 1,971
91 Albania 1,925
92 New Caledonia 1,890
93 Cook Islands 1,847
94 Poland 1,622
95 Sri Lanka 1,307
96 Iraq* 1,300
97 Swaziland 1,187
98 Suriname 1,162
99 Latvia 1,073
100 Togo 1,034
101 Estonia 1,010
102 Botswana 983
103 Bahamas 953
104 Tanzania 950
105 Ethiopia 949
106 Lithuania 900
107 Netherland Antilles 847
108 Cameroon 843
109 Angola 831
110 Reunion 821
111 Malawi 798
112 United Arab Emirates 786
113 Northern Mariana Islands 735
114 Greece 718
115 Afghanistan* 700
116 Barbados 677
117 Lesotho 673
118 Macau 629
119 Namibia 605
120 United States Virgin Islands 577
121 Croatia 533
122 Aruba 469
123 St. Vincent 454
124 Guadeloupe 442
125 Palau 424
126 Central African Republic 404
127 Slovenia 392
128 Cyprus 386
129 Mauritius 369
130 Equatorial Guinea 339
131 French Guiana 316
132 Solomon Islands 299
133 Moldova 294
134 Luxembourg 291
135 Isle of Man 289
136 Jersey 288
137 Serbia 288
138 Niue 278
139 Iceland 247
140 Israel 234
141 Turkey 209
142 St. Lucia 205
143 Benin 201
144 Grenada 191
145 Martinique 188
146 Antigua and Barbuda 184
147 Georgia 184
148 St. Kitts and Nevis 170
149 Slovakia 161
150 Cayman Islands 154
151 Dominica 143
152 Kazakhstan 141
153 Malta 141
154 Tuvalu 134
155 Nepal 133
156 Bermuda 130
157 Bahrain 114
158 Nauru 106
159 Burma* 100
160 Andorra 64
161 Guernsey 48
162 Rwanda 48
163 Greenland 19
164 Senegal 13

10 comments:

Matthew Crandall said...

The statistics for Estonia are not accurate. You have Estonia down for 1,010 but it is currently 968, in 2009 Q4 it was 955. Those are official MLS stats.

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Jeff said...

Fun information, thanks.

I was surprised that there are only 20,000 LDS in Russia.

Ray said...

I've just finished counting new wards and branches so far this year (through the end of the first quarter). Here are the totals:

For the first quarter of year, + 67 total units; + 87 W, - 20 br

US: + 43 total units; + 41 W, + 2 br

non-US: + 24 total units; + 46 W, - 22 br

At the same time stakes have increased by 11 (net 10 with one discontinued) and districts are up by 3 (net 2 with one discontinued).

Ray said...

In the US total of the previous post Utah has increased by 26 total units: + 23 W, + 3 br (over half of US increase and over one-third of the world total). There is only one new Utah stake out of the 11 created churchwide so far in 2011.

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Ray said...

As a follow on to my report of the first quarter's growth in congregations, here is what I show for growth in 2010:

For the year, + 235 total units: + 321 wards and - 86 branches

US: + 128 units (+152 w, - 24 br)
US: + 14 stakes 10 Ut, 4 non-Ut)

NON-US: + 107 units (+169 w,-62 br)
NON-US: + 18 stakes, - 1 stake
Africa: + 2 stakes
Europe: + 1 stake
Asia: + 2 stakes, - 1 stake
Pacific: + 1 stake (Guam)
Mexico: + 1 stake
So. Amer. + 12 stakes (2 Venez, 10 Brazil)

Ut: + 49 units (+69 w, - 20 br)
Ut: + 10 stakes

Most growth in 2010 occurred later in the year. Also, this does not take into account units created in countries where there is no Church reporting.

Gnesileah said...

Excellent analysis Ray! You do a great job keeping track of congregational growth throughout the Church, and it is much appreciated!

Tom said...

The Salt Lake Tribune is convinced that researchers say retention has improved from prior years.

I have a first hand witness of that with the highest retention rate my ward has ever seen in recent years. The same pattern should be repeating elsewhere.

If so, improved retention can pave the way for greater congregational growth in future. It seems that the church is working to solve its problems and grow faster, this decade is clearly a new beginning for LDS growth.

I believe an annual net growth of 235 units is excellent. With a net growth of 45 units already in 2011!

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