Thursday, April 14, 2016

Membership by Country Statistics Released for 2015

The Church has released 2015 membership and congregation totals for nations with a reported LDS presence. These statistics can be accessed on Church's official website 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 2015 (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, 2013, and 2014. 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 2015. Countries in bold experienced a membership increase greater than 200. 

  1. Montenegro - 183.3% - 17
  2. Solomon Islands - 24.5% - 794
  3. Rwanda - 22.4% - 344
  4. Cote d'Ivoire - 19.2% - 32,258
  5. Benin - 18.8% -2,255
  6. Togo - 17.1% - 3,279
  7. Burundi - 13.5% - 597
  8. Angola - 13.3% - 1,908 
  9. Democratic Republic of the Congo - 12.3% - 47,929
  10. Saint Lucia - 11.6% - 338
  11. Malawi - 11.0% - 2,143
  12. Turkey - 10.6% - 439
Below is a list of the top ten countries by numerical membership increase for the year 2015. Each country is provided with the numerical national increase in membership. Additionally, the percentage total Church membership increase accounted by each country is provided. Lists are also available for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. 73.3% of the 2015 net increase in LDS membership can be attributed to the following 10 nations. 
  1. United States - 65,389 - 25.0%
  2. Brazil - 37,362 - 14.3%
  3. Mexico - 26,233 - 10.0%
  4. Philippines - 17,531 - 6.7%
  5. Nigeria - 12,044 - 4.6%
  6. Peru - 11,231 - 4.3%
  7. Argentina - 6,049 - 2.3%
  8. Guatemala - 5,508 - 2.1%
  9. Ghana - 5,367 - 2.0%
  10. Ecuador - 5,312 - 2.0%
It is also interesting to note that LDS membership in 2015 increased by more than 5,000 for the first time in two nations: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (+5,240 members) and Cote d'Ivoire (+5,206 members).

I will post an analysis of 2015 congregational growth this weekend.

4 comments:

Eduardo Clinch said...

I have some good friends from Montenegro and other than the Word of Wisdom I think they are great fits to be members. Great to see the growth there. Thanks for this info! I miss the LDS Church Almanac... RIP 2013.
But this blog helps.
Viva Montenegro!

Eduardo Clinch said...

Also, how cool to see any Caribbean nation show dynamic growth. Way to go Santa Lucia! We need more converts across the islands. And what about Cuba?

Eduardo Clinch said...
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Eduardo Clinch said...

I have some good friends from Montenegro and other than the Word of Wisdom I think they are great fits to be members. Great to see the growth there. Thanks for this info! I miss the LDS Church Almanac... RIP 2013.
But this blog helps.
Viva Montenegro!