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

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The tables on this page represents Latter-day Saint membership, as reported by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), as of December 31, 2020.[1] Except where indicated, general population figures are based on the latest Worldometer estimates (as of April 2021).[2] Percentages of LDS members were calculated with this information. The link under the names of each country, territory, etc. corresponds to brief LDS history and statistical information for that particular area.

At the end of 2020, the LDS Church had 31,136 congregations and a reported membership of 16,663,663.[1]

Membership defined[edit]

The LDS Church defines membership as:[3]

  1. Those who have been baptized and confirmed.
  2. Those under age nine who have been blessed but not baptized.
  3. Those who are not accountable because of intellectual disabilities, regardless of age.
  4. Unblessed children under age eight when:
    • Two member parents request it; or
    • One member parent requests it and the nonmember parent gives permission.

Membership considerations[edit]

In 2005, Peggy Fletcher Stack, longtime religion columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune, estimated that about one-third of the reported LDS membership was "active" (i.e., regularly attending church services and participating in other expected meetings and obligations).[4] In 2005, this would have amounted to approximately 4 million active members among a worldwide LDS population of 12 million. Active membership varied from a high of 40 to 50 percent in congregations in North America and the Pacific Islands, to a low of about 25 percent in Latin America. Fletcher Stack's data was compiled from several sources, including a 2001 survey of religious affiliation by scholars at City University of New York and a demographer at LDS-owned Brigham Young University.

In 2003, church leader Dallin H. Oaks, noted that among recent converts "attrition is sharpest in the two months after baptism", which he attributed in part to difficulties adapting to the church's dietary code, the Word of Wisdom, that prohibits the use of alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea.[5] In 2001, sociologist Armand Mauss estimated that about 50 percent of LDS converts in the US stopped attending church within a year of baptism, while outside the US the rate was about 70 percent.[6]

Countries[edit]

Country Continent Membership Population LDS Temples Missions Districts Stakes Wards Branches Congregations Family History Centers
Angola Africa 3,490 32,522,339 0.01% 0 1 0 1 6 9 15 1
Benin Africa 4,018 12,864,634 0.03% 0 1 1 1 7 12 19 1
Botswana Africa 3,653 2,317,233 0.16% 0 0 0 1 9 6 15 2
Burundi Africa 749 11,865,821 0.006% 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Cameroon Africa 2,245 27,744,989 0.008% 0 1 2 0 0 14 14 1
Cape Verde Africa 15,780 583,255 2.71% 0 1 2 3 24 18 42 6
Central African Republic Africa 248 5,990,855 0.004% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Côte d'Ivoire Africa 52,241 27,481,086 0.19% 0 3 17 14 127 123 250 27
Democratic Republic of the Congo Africa 68,871 101,780,263 0.07% 1 4 1 23 178 33 211 24
Ethiopia Africa 1,803 108,113,150 0.002% 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 1
Ghana Africa 89,135 29,340,248 0.30% 1 4 11 25 188 140 328 53
Kenya Africa 14,591 53,527,936 0.03% 0 1 6 2 13 41 54 5
Lesotho Africa 1,303 1,969,334 0.07% 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 1
Liberia Africa 14,538 5,073,296 0.29% 0 1 1 5 38 15 53 5
Madagascar Africa 12,887 26,955,737 0.05% 0 1 3 2 16 26 42 10
Malawi Africa 3,143 21,196,629 0.01% 0 0 0 0 0 8 8 0
Mauritius Africa 562 1,379,365 0.04% 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0
Mozambique Africa 15,032 30,098,197 0.05% 0 1 2 4 25 19 44 8
Namibia Africa 952 2,630,073 0.04% 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 1
Nigeria Africa 192,144 214,028,302 0.09% 1 7 19 59 428 294 722 70
Republic of the Congo Africa 8,542 5,293,070 0.16% 0 1 2 2 17 10 27 3
Reunion Africa 958 859,959[7] 0.11% 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 5
Rwanda Africa 755 12,712,431 0.006% 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0
Sierra Leone Africa 22,787 6,624,933 0.34% 0 1 2 7 47 32 79 8
South Africa Africa 68,772 56,463,617 0.12% 2 4 9 17 112 81 193 76
Swaziland Africa 2,091 1,104,479 0.19% 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 2
Tanzania Africa 1,793 58,552,845 0.003% 0 0 0 0 0 8 8 1
Togo Africa 5,320 8,608,444 0.06% 0 0 2 0 14 7 21 1
Uganda Africa 17,887 43,252,966 0.04% 0 1 4 3 16 20 36 8
Zambia Africa 4,681 17,426,623 0.03% 0 1 2 1 7 6 13 2
Zimbabwe Africa 34,330 14,546,314 0.24% 0 2 3 7 43 44 87 18
Bahrain Asia 245 1,505,003 0.02% 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0
Cambodia Asia 15,187 16,926,984 0.09% 0 1 4 2 10 18 28 9
China (Mainland) Asia 1,394,015,977
Hong Kong Asia 25,083 7,249,907 0.35% 1 1 1 6 32 5 37 4
India Asia 14,528 1,326,093,247 0.001% 0 2 3 4 21 25 46 15
Indonesia Asia 7,561 267,026,366 0.003% 0 1 1 2 15 9 24 6
Israel Asia 306 8,675,475 0.004% 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0
Japan Asia 130,340 125,507,472 0.10% 3 6 13 28 157 104 261 64
Kazakhstan Asia 230 19,091,949 0.001% 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Kuwait Asia 365 2,993,706 0.01% 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Macau Asia 1,463 614,458 0.24% 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1
Malaysia Asia 10,845 32,652,083 0.03% 0 0 0 0 0 31 31 8
Mongolia Asia 12,261 3,168,026 0.39% 0 1 1 2 12 12 24 9
Philippines Asia 805,209 109,180,815 0.74% 2 23 63 115 721 518 1,239 183
Singapore Asia 3,439 6,209,660 0.06% 0 1 0 1 7 0 7 1
South Korea Asia 88,622 51,835,110 0.17% 1 3 5 12 61 40 101 18
Sri Lanka Asia 1,631 22,889,201 0.007% 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 3
Taiwan Asia 61,607 23,603,049 0.26% 1 2 0 16 98 10 108 12
Thailand Asia 23,043 68,977,400 0.03% 0 1 2 4 20 21 41 8
United Arab Emirates Asia 1,699 9,992,083 0.02% 0 0 0 1 5 1 6 1
Albania Europe 3,216 3,074,579 0.10% 0 1 0 1 6 8 14 3
Andorra Europe 77,000
Armenia Europe 3,579 3,021,324 0.12% 0 1 2 0 0 11 11 4
Austria Europe 4,693 8,859,449 0.05% 0 0 0 2 14 3 17 12
Belgium Europe 6,605 11,720,716 0.06% 0 0 0 2 10 2 12 8
Bosnia and Herzegovina Europe 73 3,835,586 0.002% 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
Bulgaria Europe 2,440 6,966,899 0.04% 0 1 0 0 0 7 7 4
Croatia Europe 635 4,227,746 0.02% 0 1 1 0 0 6 6 3
Cyprus Europe 507 1,266,676 0.04% 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 3
Czech Republic Europe 2,636 10,702,498 0.02% 0 1 0 1 7 5 12 2
Denmark Europe 4,466 5,869,410 0.08% 1 1 0 2 13 9 22 13
Estonia Europe 1,146 1,228,624 0.09% 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 2
Finland Europe 4,885 5,571,665 0.09% 1 1 2 2 15 16 31 28
France Europe 39,930 67,848,156 0.06% 1 2 0 10 68 40 108 72
Georgia Europe 246 3,997,000 0.006% 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1
Germany Europe 39,724 80,159,662 0.05% 2 3 0 14 94 56 150 97
Greece Europe 804 10,607,051 0.008% 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Guernsey Europe 62 67,052 0.09% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Hungary Europe 5,231 9,771,827 0.05% 0 1 2 1 5 17 22 13
Iceland Europe 300 350,734 0.09% 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Ireland Europe 3,985 5,176,569 0.08% 0 0 0 1 5 8 13 3
Isle of Man Europe 290 90,499 0.32% 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Italy Europe 27,486 62,402,659 0.04% 1 2 0 10 62 33 95 53
Jersey Europe 290 101,073 0.29% 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
Latvia Europe 1,272 1,881,232 0.07% 0 1 1 0 0 5 5 3
Lithuania Europe 925 2,731,464 0.03% 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 4
Luxembourg Europe 505 628,381 0.08% 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
Malta Europe 215 457,267 0.05% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Moldova Europe 430 3,364,496 0.01% 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 1
Montenegro Europe 36 609,859 0.006% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Netherlands Europe 9,326 17,280,397 0.05% 1 1 0 3 20 4 24 10
Norway Europe 4,564 5,467,439 0.08% 0 1 0 2 11 9 20 15
Poland Europe 2,058 38,282,325 0.005% 0 1 2 0 0 13 13 6
Portugal Europe 45,576 10,302,674 0.44% 1 1 4 6 32 35 67 24
Romania Europe 3,064 21,302,893 0.01% 0 0 0 0 0 15 15 3
Russia[8] Europe 23,180 142,355,415 0.02% 0 5 9 3 17 82 99 64
Serbia Europe 368 7,012,165 0.005% 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 2
Slovakia Europe 302 5,440,602 0.006% 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0
Slovenia Europe 431 2,102,678 0.02% 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Spain Europe 59,730 50,015,792 0.12% 1 2 2 15 93 44 137 56
Sweden Europe 9,649 10,202,491 0.09% 1 1 1 4 25 15 40 37
Switzerland Europe 9,071 8,403,994 0.11% 1 0 0 5 27 8 35 14
Turkey Europe 512 82,017,514 0.001% 0 0 0 0 0 8 8 0
Ukraine Europe 11,242 43,922,939 0.03% 1 2 4 1 8 40 48 35
United Kingdom Europe 188,187 65,761,117 0.29% 2 5 0 45 279 41 320 122
Antigua and Barbuda North America 264 98,179 0.27% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Aruba North America 590 119,428 0.49% 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2
Bahamas North America 1,074 337,721 0.32% 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Barbados North America 1,089 294,560 0.37% 0 1 1 0 0 4 4 1
Belize North America 5,485 399,598 1.37% 0 0 0 0 0 12 12 2
Canada North America 199,054 37,694,085 0.53% 8 6 4 51 348 149 497 156
Cayman Islands North America 231 61,944 0.37% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Costa Rica North America 51,320 5,097,988 1.01% 1 2 1 10 59 20 79 14
Curacao North America 565 151,345 0.37% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Dominica North America 145 74,243 0.20% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Dominican Republic North America 143,870 10,499,707 1.37% 1 3 9 21 130 66 196 31
El Salvador North America 128,881 6,481,102 1.99% 1 3 0 22 129 29 158 26
Grenada North America 438 113,094 0.39% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Guadeloupe North America 547 376,879[7] 0.15% 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Guatemala North America 281,465 17,153,288 1.64% 2 7 12 51 300 138 438 66
Haiti North America 24,192 11,067,777 0.22% 1 1 4 5 27 21 48 11
Honduras North America 180,646 9,235,340 1.96% 1 4 5 31 179 60 239 32
Jamaica North America 6,668 2,808,570 0.24% 0 1 1 1 6 12 18 7
Martinique North America 252 358,749[7] 0.07% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Mexico North America 1,481,530 128,649,565 1.15% 13 32 47 222 1,356 487 1,843 278
Nicaragua North America 100,331 6,203,441 1.62% 0 2 4 12 73 39 112 14
Panama North America 59,526 3,894,082 1.53% 1 1 4 7 44 29 73 14
Puerto Rico North America 23,395 3,189,068 0.73% 0 1 0 5 27 12 39 8
Saint Kitts and Nevis North America 230 53,821 0.43% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Saint Lucia North America 395 166,487 0.24% 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines North America 716 101,390 0.71% 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Sint Maarten North America 297 43,847 0.68% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Trinidad and Tobago North America 3,524 1,208,789 0.29% 0 1 0 1 5 4 9 1
United States North America 6,721,032 332,639,102 2.02% 81 108 5 1,642 12,677 1,782 14,459 1,870
Virgin Islands of the US North America 589 106,235 0.55% 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
American Samoa Oceania 16,490 49,437 33.36% 0 0 0 5 38 5 43 5
Australia Oceania 154,595 25,466,459 0.61% 5 5 7 42 232 76 308 145
Cook Islands Oceania 1,865 8,574 21.76% 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 3
Fiji Oceania 22,154 935,974 2.37% 1 1 3 4 27 24 51 10
French Polynesia Oceania 28,704 295,121 9.73% 1 1 2 11 73 23 96 22
Guam Oceania 2,550 168,485 1.51% 0 1 0 1 4 1 5 1
Kiribati Oceania 20,946 111,796 18.74% 0 0 0 2 11 26 37 2
Marshall Islands Oceania 6,976 77,917 8.95% 0 1 0 2 12 1 13 3
Federated States of Micronesia Oceania 6,307 102,436 6.16% 0 0 0 1 5 19 24 11
Nauru Oceania 126 11,000 1.15% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
New Caledonia Oceania 2,500 290,009 0.86% 0 0 0 1 6 3 9 3
New Zealand Oceania 115,236 4,925,477 2.34% 1 3 2 30 177 51 228 52
Niue Oceania 308 2,000 15.40% 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1
Northern Mariana Islands Oceania 865 51,433 1.68% 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
Palau Oceania 509 21,685 2.35% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Papua New Guinea Oceania 30,825 7,259,456 0.42% 0 2 12 2 10 71 81 2
Samoa Oceania 83,740 203,774 41.09% 1 1 0 20 151 11 162 20
Solomon Islands Oceania 1,332 685,097 0.19% 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 0
Tonga Oceania 66,361 106,095 62.55% 1 1 2 21 139 34 173 21
Tuvalu Oceania 296 11,342 2.61% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Vanuatu Oceania 10,210 298,333 3.42% 0 1 3 1 5 32 37 2
Argentina South America 470,843 45,479,118 1.04% 2 13 27 78 484 250 734 123
Bolivia South America 212,148 11,639,909 1.82% 1 5 8 33 207 63 270 52
Brazil South America 1,429,935 211,715,973 0.68% 7 35 39 277 1,747 395 2,142 359
Chile South America 602,373 18,186,770 3.31% 2 10 16 74 410 158 568 100
Colombia South America 209,985 49,084,841 0.43% 2 5 10 30 176 73 249 51
Ecuador South America 253,781 16,904,867 1.50% 1 5 6 42 261 52 313 57
French Guiana South America 488 290,691[7] 0.18% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Guyana South America 6,264 750,204 0.84% 0 0 0 0 0 11 11 4
Paraguay South America 96,114 7,191,685 1.34% 1 2 9 11 61 73 134 19
Peru South America 619,045 31,914,989 1.94% 3 14 17 112 666 114 780 160
Suriname South America 1,747 609,569 0.29% 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 3
Uruguay South America 107,103 3,387,605 3.16% 1 2 2 18 100 34 134 23
Venezuela South America 168,539 28,644,603 0.59% 1 4 5 34 178 50 228 48
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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "LDS Statistics and Church Facts". LDS Newsroom.
  2. ^ "Current World Population". Worldometer. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Membership record". LDSTech Wiki. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  4. ^ Peggy Fletcher Stack (2005). Keeping members a challenge for LDS church, The Salt Lake Tribune, July 26, 2005; accessed 20 December 2017
  5. ^ Dallin H. Oaks (2003; adapted from a 2000 speech). The Role of Members in Conversion, TheEnsign.com; accessed 20 December 2017
  6. ^ Stacy Willis (2001). Mormon Church is funding its future, The Las Vegas Sun; accessed 20 December 2017
  7. ^ a b c d "Insee - Population - Estimations de population - Pyramide des âges régionales et départementales". www.insee.fr. Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  8. ^ 2016 membership data and population was used for Russia the church has not released membership data for Russia since 2016.

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