The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints membership history

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The Deseret Morning News LDS Church Almanac gives information on historical membership records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church's reported membership was 14,782,473 on December 31, 2012 .

Growth and demographic history[edit]

The records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints show membership growth every decade since its beginning in the 1830s. Following initial growth rates that averaged 10% to 25% per year in the 1830s through 1850s, it grew at about 4% per year through the last four decades of the 19th century (the Utah polygamy years). After a steady slowing of growth in the first four decades of the 20th century to a rate of about 2% per year in the 1930s (the Great Depression years), growth boomed to an average of 6% per year for the decade around 1960, staying around 4% to 5% through 1990. After 1990, average annual growth again slowed steadily to a rate around 2.3% for the ten years ending 2013, still about double the average world population growth rate of 1.2% for the same period.

Note that the following graph starts in 1860 to optimize its vertical scale.

LDS-Membership-Growth-Rate-10-yr-average-1860-2010


LDS Church membership numbers[edit]

Church growth from 1830-2005
Church-2005
Annual Growth Rate by Percentage


Table for recent growth[edit]

World population numbers were taken from[1] on April 4, 2009.

Year    LDS church growth rate  World growth rate
1950    3.03%   1.47%
1951    3.23%   1.61%
1952    3.65%   1.71%
1953    4.82%   1.78%
1954    4.48%   1.87%
1955    4.23%   1.89%
1956    4.38%   1.96%
1957    5.05%   1.94%
1958    4.53%   1.77%
1959    3.88%   1.40%
1960    4.77%   1.34%
1961    7.71%   1.81%
1962    7.79%   2.20%
1963    7.72%   2.20%
1964    5.55%   2.09%
1965    7.20%   2.08%
1966    3.55%   2.03%
1967    5.38%   2.04%
1968    2.67%   2.08%
1969    4.60%   2.05%
1970    4.39%   2.07%
1971    5.46%   1.99%
1972    4.14%   1.94%
1973    2.73%   1.88%
1974    3.12%   1.79%
1975    4.76%   1.72%
1976    4.77%   1.71%
1977    6.05%   1.68%
1978    4.98%   1.71%
1979    5.69%   1.70%
1980    5.35%   1.70%
1981    6.05%   1.75%
1982    4.92%   1.76%
1983    3.66%   1.70%
1984    5.41%   1.69%
1985    4.94%   1.71%
1986    4.18%   1.74%
1987    3.69%   1.72%
1988    5.11%   1.69%
1989    8.74%   1.68%
1990    6.19%   1.57%
1991    4.23%   1.55%
1992    3.88%   1.50%
1993    3.39%   1.45%
1994    3.86%   1.44%
1995    3.48%   1.41%
1996    3.79%   1.38%
1997    3.91%   1.34%
1998    2.80%   1.31%
1999    3.85%   1.28%
2000    2.94%   1.26%
2001    2.94%   1.23%
2002    2.87%   1.21%
2003    2.25%   1.21%
2004    2.42%   1.20%
2005    2.32%   1.19%
2006    2.45%   1.18%
2007    2.52%   1.18%
2008    2.38%   1.17%

Table for LDS Church membership numbers[edit]

Year Membership Number change Percentage growth
1829 6 6 0
1830 280 274 4566.67%
1831 680 400 142.86%
1832 2,661 1,981 291.32%
1833 3,140 479 18.00%
1834 4,372 1,232 39.24%
1835 8,835 4,463 102.08%
1836 13,293 4,458 50.46%
1837 16,282 2,989 22.49%
1838 17,881 1,599 9.82%
1839 16,460 -1,421 -7.95%
1840 16,865 405 2.46%
1841 19,856 2,991 17.73%
1842 23,564 3,708 18.67%
1843 25,980 2,416 10.25%
1844 26,146 166 0.64%
1845 30,332 4,186 16.01%
1846 33,993 3,661 12.07%
1847 34,694 701 2.06%
1848 40,477 5,783 16.67%
1849 48,160 7,683 18.98%
1850 51,839 3,679 7.64%
1851 52,165 326 0.63%
1852 52,640 475 0.91%
1853 64,154 11,514 21.87%
1854 68,429 4,275 6.66%
1855 63,974 -4,455 -6.51%
1856 63,881 -93 -0.15%
1857 55,236 -8,645 -13.53%
1858 55,755 519 0.94%
1859 57,038 1,283 2.30%
1860 61,082 4,044 7.09%
1861 66,211 5,129 8.40%
1862 68,780 2,569 3.88%
1863 71,770 2,990 4.35%
1864 74,348 2,578 3.59%
1865 76,771 2,423 3.26%
1866 77,884 1,113 1.45%
1867 81,124 3,240 4.16%
1868 84,622 3,498 4.31%
1869 88,432 3,810 4.50%
1870 90,130 1,698 1.92%
1871 95,596 5,466 6.06%
1872 98,152 2,556 2.67%
1873 101,538 3,386 3.45%
1874 103,916 2,378 2.34%
1875 107,167 3,251 3.13%
1876 111,111 3,944 3.68%
1877 115,065 3,954 3.56%
1878 125,046 9,981 8.67%
1879 128,386 3,340 2.67%
1880 133,628 5,242 4.08%
1881 140,733 7,105 5.32%
1882 145,604 4,871 3.46%
1883 151,593 5,989 4.11%
1884 158,242 6,649 4.39%
1885 164,130 5,888 3.72%
1886 166,653 2,523 1.54%
1887 173,029 6,376 3.83%
1888 180,294 7,265 4.20%
1889 183,144 2,850 1.58%
1890 188,263 5,119 2.80%
1891 195,445 7,182 3.81%
1892 200,961 5,516 2.82%
1893 214,534 13,573 6.75%
1894 222,369 7,835 3.65%
1895 231,116 8,747 3.93%
1896 241,427 10,311 4.46%
1897 255,736 14,309 5.93%
1898 267,251 11,515 4.50%
1899 271,681 4,430 1.66%
1900 283,765 12,084 4.45%
1901 292,931 9,166 3.23%
1902 299,105 6,174 2.11%
1903 304,901 5,796 1.94%
1904 324,289 19,388 6.36%
1905 332,048 7,759 2.39%
1906 345,014 12,966 3.90%
1907 357,913 12,899 3.74%
1908 371,472 13,559 3.79%
1909 377,279 5,807 1.56%
1910 398,478 21,199 5.62%
1911 407,291 8,813 2.21%
1912 417,555 10,264 2.52%
1913 431,607 14,052 3.37%
1914 454,718 23,111 5.35%
1915 466,238 11,520 2.53%
1916 477,321 11,083 2.38%
1917 488,038 10,717 2.25%
1918 495,962 7,924 1.62%
1919 507,961 11,999 2.42%
1920 525,987 18,026 3.55%
1921 548,803 22,816 4.34%
1922 566,358 17,555 3.20%
1923 575,896 9,538 1.68%
1924 597,861 21,965 3.81%
1925 613,572 15,711 2.63%
1926 623,909 10,337 1.68%
1927 644,745 20,836 3.34%
1928 655,686 10,941 1.70%
1929 663,652 7,966 1.21%
1930 670,017 6,365 0.96%
1931 688,435 18,418 2.75%
1932 703,949 15,514 2.25%
1933 717,619 13,670 1.94%
1934 730,738 13,119 1.83%
1935 746,384 15,646 2.14%
1936 760,690 14,306 1.92%
1937 767,752 7,062 0.93%
1938 784,764 17,012 2.22%
1939 803,528 18,764 2.39%
1940 862,664 59,136 7.36%
1941 892,080 29,416 3.41%
1942 917,715 25,635 2.87%
1943 937,050 19,335 2.11%
1944 954,004 16,954 1.81%
1945 979,454 25,450 2.67%
1946 996,505 17,051 1.74%
1947 1,016,170 19,665 1.97%
1948 1,041,970 25,800 2.54%
1949 1,078,671 36,701 3.52%
1950 1,111,314 32,643 3.03%
1951 1,147,157 35,843 3.23%
1952 1,189,053 41,896 3.65%
1953 1,246,362 57,309 4.82%
1954 1,302,240 55,878 4.48%
1955 1,357,274 55,034 4.23%
1956 1,416,731 59,457 4.38%
1957 1,488,314 71,583 5.05%
1958 1,555,799 67,485 4.53%
1959 1,616,088 60,289 3.88%
1960 1,693,180 77,092 4.77%
1961 1,823,661 130,481 7.71%
1962 1,965,786 142,125 7.79%
1963 2,117,451 151,665 7.72%
1964 2,234,916 117,465 5.55%
1965 2,395,932 161,016 7.20%
1966 2,480,899 84,967 3.55%
1967 2,614,340 133,441 5.38%
1968 2,684,073 69,733 2.67%
1969 2,807,456 123,383 4.60%
1970 2,930,810 123,354 4.39%
1971 3,090,953 160,143 5.46%
1972 3,218,908 127,955 4.14%
1973 3,306,658 87,750 2.73%
1974 3,409,987 103,329 3.12%
1975 3,572,202 162,215 4.76%
1976 3,742,749 170,547 4.77%
1977 3,969,220 226,471 6.05%
1978 4,166,854 197,634 4.98%
1979 4,404,121 237,267 5.69%
1980 4,639,822 235,701 5.35%
1981 4,920,449 280,627 6.05%
1982 5,162,619 242,170 4.92%
1983 5,351,724 189,105 3.66%
1984 5,641,054 289,330 5.41%
1985 5,919,483 278,429 4.94%
1986 6,166,974 247,491 4.18%
1987 6,394,314 227,340 3.69%
1988 6,721,210 326,896 5.11%
1989 7,308,444 587,234 8.74%
1990 7,761,179 452,735 6.19%
1991 8,089,848 328,669 4.23%
1992 8,404,087 314,239 3.88%
1993 8,689,168 285,081 3.39%
1994 9,024,368 335,200 3.86%
1995 9,338,859 314,491 3.48%
1996 9,692,441 353,582 3.79%
1997 10,071,783 379,342 3.91%
1998 10,354,241 282,458 2.80%
1999 10,752,986 398,745 3.85%
2000 11,068,861 315,875 2.94%
2001 11,394,522 325,661 2.94%
2002 11,721,548 327,026 2.87%
2003 11,985,254 263,706 2.25%
2004 12,275,822 290,568 2.42%
2005 12,560,869 285,047 2.32%
2006 12,868,606 307,737 2.45%
2007 13,193,999 325,393 2.53%
2008 13,508,509 314,510 2.38%
2009 13,824,854 316,345 2.34%
2010 14,131,467 306,613 2.22%
2011 14,441,346 309,879 2.19%
2012 14,782,473 341,127 2.31%
2013 15,082,028 299,555 1.99%

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References[edit]

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