Religion in El Salvador

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Religion in El Salvador (2013)[1]

  Catholics (54%)
  Protestants (31%)
  agnostic/atheist/none (10%)
  Other (4%)
  unknown (1%)

There is diversity of religious and ethnic groups among El Salvador's approximately 6.1 million inhabitants (July 2013).[2]

Religious affiliation[edit]

There is some debate about percentages, the Institute of Public Opinion of the University of Central America in May 2013 found 51% of the population as Roman Catholics, and 33% as Protestant, 14% as not having a religion and the remainder (less than 2%) being Jehovah's Witnesses, Hare Krishnas, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and members of indigenous religions.[2] However Latinobarómetro in 2013 found 54% were Catholic, 31% Protestant, 10% atheist/agnostic/not religious, 4% other religions, and 1% did not answer.[1] It also found in 1996 that 67% of the population considered themselves Catholic and 15% Protestant.[1]


Mision Cristiana Elim Internacional is a large pentecostal denomination started in El Salvador. It claims that its main church in San Salvador has 120,000 attending.[3] The Assemblies of God claim 285,226 members (2007).[4]

The Mormons claim 120,317 people in 164 congregations and 1 temple (2015)[5] which if correct would be just under 2% of the population. They started evangelizing in El Salvador in 1951.[5]

The Anglican Church in El Salvador (a diocese of the province of the Anglican Church in Central America) claims 6,000 members in 18 congregations.[6] The Baptist Association of El Salvador claims 4,427 members[7] and the Salvadorean Lutheran Synod about 15,000 in 68 congregations,[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Las religiones en tiempos del Papa Francisco" (PDF) (in Spanish). Latinobarómetro. April 2014. pp. 6, 13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "International Religious Freedom Report for 2013". U.S. State Department. Retrieved 2015-04-25.  For percentages it quotes the Institute of Public Opinion of the University of Central America
  3. ^ "Células". Elim Mision Cristiana. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Triplett, Don. "King's Castle 24/7 Prayer Fortress". Assemblies of God World Mission. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "El Salvador". Newsroom. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Iglesia Anglicana de El Salvador". Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Baptist Association of El Salvador". World Council of Churches. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Salvadorean Lutheran Synod". World Council of Churches. Retrieved 26 April 2015.