Thursday, April 9, 2015

Membership by Country Statistics Released for 2014

2014 membership and congregation totals for nations with a reported LDS presence are now available on the Church's official website and can be found at http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/facts-and-statistics. Data is available under the country profiles on the right side of the site.

Countries with the highest annual membership growth rates in 2014 (10% or greater) are listed below. Lists for nations with the most rapid membership growth rates are also available for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The percentage next to the country name is the annual growth rate percentage which is followed by the country's LDS membership at year-end 2014 . Countries in bold experienced a membership increase greater than 200. 

  1. Benin - 31.9% - 1,898
  2. Burundi - 28.6% -526
  3. Rwanda - 27.1% - 281
  4. Turkey - 24.5% -397
  5. Zambia - 21.8% - 3,359
  6. Togo - 21.4% - 2,801
  7. Cote d'Ivoire - 19.8% -27,052
  8. Angola - 17.3% - 1,684
  9. Kazakhstan - 17.1% - 281
  10. Malawi - 16.8% - 1,931
  11. Central African Republic - 15.5% - 216
  12. Saint Lucia - 15.2% - 303
  13. Mozambique - 15.1% -7,943
  14. Luxembourg - 13.1% - 405
  15. Solomon Islands - 13.1% - 638
  16. Sierra Leone - 13.0% - 14,776
  17. Micronesia, Federated States of - 12.9% - 5,643
  18. Democratic Republic of the Congo - 12.6% - 42,689
  19. Ireland - 12.4% - 3,451
  20. Saint Maarten - 12.1% -260
  21. Grenada - 11.9% - 376
  22. Marshall Islands - 11.0% - 6,865
  23. Tuvalu - 10.7% - 227
  24. Liberia - 10.5% - 8,929
  25. Cameroon - 10.2% - 1,498
  26. Cape Verde - 10.2% - 11,898
  27. Nigeria - 10.0% - 129,989
Below is a list of the top ten countries by numerical increase in membership for the year 2013. Each country is provided with the national increase in membership and the percentage of this increase out of total Church membership increase. Lists are also available for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.  72.6% of 2014 LDS membership increase can be attributed to the following 10 nations. 
  1. United States - 67,378 - 23.2%
  2. Brazil - 39,303 - 13.5%
  3. Mexico - 24,236 - 8.3%
  4. Philippines - 22,647 - 7.8%
  5. Peru - 13,459 - 4.6%
  6. Nigeria - 11,850 - 4.1% 
  7. Argentina - 10,036 - 3.5%
  8. Ecuador - 9,047 - 3.1%
  9. Guatemala - 7,797 - 2.7%
  10. Honduras - 5,116 - 1.8%
I will post an analysis of 2014 congregational growth in the coming days.

14 comments:

Adam said...
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Adam said...

Awesome. Can't wait to see the your yearly analysis on unit growth as well.

Also looks like Arkansas has joined the 1% of population club, a little sooner than expected. State population at 2,966k and church membership now at 29,828. Thanks Walmart :) .

madmack said...

It seems like the number of people increased from the top countries have decreased somewhat dramatically over the past couple years. Is there an analysis why?

Jason McDonald said...

Although there has been decreases in most of the top baptizing countries, it is not necessarily a bad thing if it is due to the redirection of missionary attention to reactivation and retention. If both of these two numbers have risen than the population of the church is more true to the actual population (A.K.A: the active population). Judging on the number of units and stakes being created, my guess is that the growth of the church is in those two figures.

R. Jofre said...

I like the transparency with these numbers. I also think that finally having the total assistance to sacrament meetings, or average per country would be even better Total active active members is also a good number. Include the total of people attending temples and serving missions from every country and then we can really see an almost perfect picture.

madmack said...

Yes Jofre those would be amazing statistics to finally see!

James Anderson said...

Got word Monday that they are actually reducing the number of missionaries assigned to Honduras, no reasons why stated, so that may factor into what happens there in the next year or so.

Deivisas said...

Utah just passed 2 million members in 2014!

Allen Warner said...

I used the numbers from this post to estimate the increase in membership in the countries in the first section. I used that, along with the numbers in the second section, and compared them with the population of each country as listed in the online version of the CIA’s World Factbook (a free, public resource). I then calculated a number you might call “growth per capita”, which basically describes the rough probability that a random person in the country was baptized or born into the church in 2014. The numbers are found below.
Roughly 1% of the population of the Marshall Islands was baptized or born into the church in 2014.
The top 5 countries are all island nations (where I assume social networks are tight). Almost all of the countries in the top 10 have relatively small populations, with the exception of Peru.
The countries with “growth per capita” rates similar to the US are Argentina, Philippines, Liberia, Mexico, Côte d’Ivoire and Brazil. If I’ve run my numbers correctly, your chances of randomly meeting a new member of the church in any one of those countries is about the same as it is in an average community in the United States.


Country Growth/100,000
Marshall Islands 958
Micronesia 610
Cape Verde 204
Tuvalu 203
Saint Maarten 71
Honduras 59
Ecuador 58
Guatemala 53
Peru 45
Granada 36
Sierra Leone 30
Saint Lucia 24
Argentina 23
US 21
Philippines 21
Liberia 21
Mexico 20
Cote d'Ivoire 20
Brazil 19
Solomon Islands 12
Luxembourg 9
Ireland 8
Togo 7
Nigeria 7
DRC 6
Benin 5
Mozambique 4
Zambia 4
Malawi 1.6
Angola 1.3
Burundi 1.1
Cameroon 0.6
CAR 0.5
Rwanda 0.5
Kazakhstan 0.2
Turkey 0.1

Deivisas said...
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Deivisas said...

Europe passed 500k members in 2014!

John Pack Lambert said...

It is quite impressive the Sierra Leone saw 13% membership growth with the country suffering from the Ebola outbreak in 2014, including not having any fulltime missionaries for most of the year.

Bryce said...

Fascinating to see Turkey near the top. I wonder if they continue to be having most of that success among those of a certain nationality as reported on this blog in 2013. Also makes me wonder about two countries not on this list. It was predicted by others on the blog that Belarus would likely be able to legally recognize the Church back in 2014, I keep wondering when that will happen. Also, I keep wondering about the branch in Bangladesh, all these years with little to no growth in a country of millions, I keep hoping things will take off some day.

Eduardo Clinch said...

My nephew was evacuated from Freetown ( by a private Portuguese transportation company) with all the other missionaries overnight in late July of last year, about 6 weeks before his 2 years (in Sept.) They baptized really well. I can publish his blog link if anybody cares to read it (nice pics, too).