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, 2017.[1] Except where indicated, general population figures are based on the latest CIA estimates (primarily for July 2017).[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.

In 2017, the LDS Church had over 30,500 congregations and a reported membership of 16,118,169,[1] the number of stakes, districts, congregations were taken from the Meetinghouse Locator.[3]

Membership defined[edit]

The LDS Church defines membership as:[4]

  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.
    • 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).[5] 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, apostle 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 use of alcohol, tobacco, coffee and tea.[6] 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.[7]

Regions[edit]

Africa[edit]

Country Membership Population LDS Temples Missions Stakes Districts Wards Branches Congregations Family History Centers
Angola 2,458 29,310,273 0.01% 0 1 0 2 0 14 14 1
Benin 3,105 11,038,805 0.03% 0 1 1 0 6 11 17 1
Botswana 3,376 2,214,858 0.15% 0 0 1 0 7 7 14 2
Burundi 692 11,466,756 0.006% 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0
Cameroon 1,943 24,994,885 0.008% 0 0 0 2 0 13 13 1
Cape Verde 14,205 560,899 2.53% 0 1 3 2 24 18 42 5
Central African Republic 234 5,625,118 0.004% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Cote d'Ivoire 43,895 24,184,810 0.18% 0 2 14 12 114 99 213 27
Democratic Republic of the Congo 57,714 83,301,151 0.07% 0 3 17 3 139 42 181 11
Egypt 97,041,072 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Ethiopia 1,923 105,350,020 0.002% 0 0 0 1 0 4 4 1
Gabon 1,772,255 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
Ghana 78,065 27,499,924 0.28% 1 4 23 9 166 139 305 51
Kenya 13,602 47,615,739 0.03% 0 1 2 4 12 36 48 5
Lesotho 1,083 1,958,042 0.06% 0 0 0 1 0 5 5 1
Liberia 12,157 4,689,021 0.26% 0 1 4 0 28 10 38 3
Madagascar 11,881 25,054,161 0.05% 0 1 2 2 14 26 40 1
Malawi 2,745 19,196,246 0.01% 0 0 0 2 0 8 8 0
Mauritius 516 1,356,388 0.04% 0 0 0 1 0 3 3 0
Morocco 33,986,655 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Mozambique 10,835 26,573,706 0.04% 0 1 3 1 20 10 30 2
Namibia 855 2,484,780 0.03% 0 0 0 1 0 4 4 1
Nigeria 163,745 190,632,261 0.09% 1 6 48 16 361 249 610 62
Republic of the Congo 7,187 4,954,674 0.15% 0 1 2 1 13 11 24 3
Reunion 949 843,529[8] 0.11% 0 0 0 1 0 4 4 2
Rwanda 596 11,901,484 0.005% 0 0 0 1 0 3 3 0
Sierra Leone 19,443 6,163,195 0.32% 0 1 5 4 30 37 67 8
South Africa 65,752 54,841,552 0.12% 1 4 17 9 106 77 183 75
Swaziland 1,994 1,467,152 0.14% 0 0 0 1 0 6 6 2
Tanzania 1,642 53,950,935 0.003% 0 0 0 1 0 6 6 1
Togo 4,134 7,965,055 0.05% 0 0 2 0 14 3 17 1
Uganda 15,979 39,570,125 0.04% 0 1 3 0 16 15 31 8
Zambia 4,140 15,972,000 0.03% 0 1 1 2 7 6 13 2
Zimbabwe 31,465 13,805,084 0.23% 0 1 7 3 41 38 79 8
Totals 578,310 989,342,610 0.06% 3 31 155 82 1,118 912 2,030 285
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Asia[edit]

Country Membership Population LDS Temples Missions Stakes Districts Wards Branches Congregations Family History Centers
Afghanistan 34,124,811 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Bahrain 1,410,942 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
Cambodia 14,256 16,204,486 0.09% 0 1 2 4 10 19 29 8
China 1,379,302,771 0 0 0 4 0 16 16 1
Cyprus 457 1,221,549 0.04% 0 0 0 1 0 4 4 3
Hong Kong 24,858 7,191,503 0.35% 1 1 6 1 33 9 42 4
India 13,570 1,281,935,911 0.001% 0 2 4 3 21 23 44 11
Indonesia 7,399 260,580,739 0.003% 0 1 2 1 15 9 24 5
Israel 288 8,299,706 0.003% 0 0 0 1 0 4 4 0
Japan 129,335 126,451,398 0.10% 3 7 28 13 157 104 261 64
Jordan 10,248,069 0 0 0 1 0 3 3 0
Kazakhstan 197 18,556,698 0.001% 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
Kuwait 2,875,422 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Lebanon 6,229,794 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Macau 1,449 601,969 0.24% 0 0 0 1 0 3 3 1
Malaysia 10,224 31,381,992 0.03% 0 0 0 6 0 32 32 8
Mongolia 11,641 3,068,243 0.38% 0 1 2 1 12 13 25 4
Philippines 765,393 104,256,076 0.73% 2 21 101 74 646 574 1,220 183
Qatar 2,314,307 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Singapore 3,367 5,888,926 0.06% 0 1 1 0 10 1 11 1
South Korea 87,860 51,181,299 0.17% 1 4 12 5 65 43 108 17
Sri Lanka 1,511 22,409,381 0.007% 0 0 0 1 0 4 4 3
Taiwan 60,304 23,508,428 0.26% 1 2 17 0 108 9 117 12
Thailand 22,100 68,414,135 0.03% 0 1 4 2 22 21 43 8
United Arab Emirates 1,555 6,072,475 0.03% 0 0 1 0 5 2 7 1
Vietnam 96,160,163 0 1 0 2 0 10 10 0
Totals 1,155,764 3,569,891,193 0.03% 8 43 181 121 1,107 908 2,015 334
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Europe[edit]

Country Membership Population LDS Temples Missions Stakes Districts Wards Branches Congregations Family History Centers
Albania 3,006 3,047,987 0.10% 0 1 1 0 6 7 13 3
Armenia 3,570 3,045,191 0.12% 0 1 0 1 0 11 11 4
Austria 4,664 8,754,413 0.05% 0 0 2 0 14 3 17 16
Belgium 6,556 11,491,346 0.06% 0 0 2 0 10 1 11 8
Bosnia and Herzegovina 69 3,856,181 0.002% 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
Bulgaria 2,418 7,101,510 0.03% 0 1 0 0 0 9 9 4
Croatia 624 4,292,095 0.01% 0 1 0 1 0 7 7 4
Czech Republic 2,596 10,674,723 0.02% 0 1 1 0 7 5 12 2
Denmark 4,454 5,605,948 0.08% 1 1 2 0 13 9 22 13
Estonia 1,133 1,251,581 0.09% 0 0 0 1 0 4 4 2
Finland 4,901 5,518,371 0.09% 1 1 2 2 15 15 30 30
France 39,029 67,106,161 0.06% 1 2 10 0 67 43 110 69
Georgia 268 4,926,330 0.005% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Germany 40,037 80,594,017 0.05% 2 3 15 2 96 63 159 117
Greece 802 10,768,477 0.007% 0 1 0 0 0 3 3 1
Guernsey 62 66,502 0.09% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Hungary 5,214 9,850,845 0.05% 0 1 1 2 5 17 22 13
Iceland 284 339,747 0.08% 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Ireland 3,903 5,011,102 0.08% 0 0 1 1 5 8 13 3
Isle of Man 287 88,815 0.32% 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Italy 26,925 62,137,802 0.04% 0 2 10 0 61 38 99 73
Jersey 290 98,840 0.29% 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
Kosovo 1,895,250 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
Latvia 1,234 1,944,643 0.06% 0 1 0 1 0 5 5 3
Lithuania 980 2,823,859 0.03% 0 0 0 1 0 5 5 3
Luxembourg 454 594,130 0.08% 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
Macedonia 2,103,721 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Malta 209 416,338 0.05% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Moldova 416 3,474,121 0.01% 0 0 0 1 0 4 4 1
Montenegro 19 642,550 0.003% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Netherlands 9,338 17,084,719 0.05% 1 1 3 0 21 5 26 11
Norway 4,623 5,320,045 0.09% 0 1 2 0 11 10 21 15
Poland 1,983 38,476,269 0.005% 0 1 0 2 0 12 12 4
Portugal 44,510 10,839,514 0.41% 0 2 6 4 31 35 66 25
Romania 3,052 21,529,967 0.01% 0 1 0 2 0 15 15 2
Russia 23,252 142,257,519 0.02% 0 6 3 9 17 81 98 64
Serbia 378 7,111,024 0.005% 0 0 0 1 0 3 3 2
Slovakia 272 5,445,829 0.005% 0 0 0 1 0 4 4 0
Slovenia 426 1,972,126 0.02% 0 0 0 1 0 4 4 1
Spain 56,496 48,958,159 0.12% 1 3 14 4 85 54 139 58
Sweden 9,701 9,960,487 0.10% 1 1 4 1 24 16 40 37
Switzerland 9,002 8,236,303 0.11% 1 0 5 0 28 8 36 19
Turkey 547 80,845,215 0.001% 0 1 0 0 0 8 8 0
Ukraine 11,167 44,033,874 0.03% 1 3 1 6 7 43 50 35
United Kingdom 186,852 64,769,452 0.29% 2 6 45 0 281 44 325 126
Totals 516,003 826,363,098 0.06% 12 43 130 44 807 610 1,417 774
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North America[edit]

Country Membership Population LDS Temples Missions Stakes Districts Wards Branches Congregations Family History Centers
Antigua and Barbuda 237 94,731 0.25% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Aruba 591 115,120 0.51% 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 2
Bahamas 1,042 329,988 0.32% 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1
Barbados 1,047 292,336 0.36% 0 1 0 1 0 3 3 1
Belize 5,374 360,346 1.49% 0 0 0 2 0 12 12 2
Bermuda 70,864 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Bonaire 19,408[9] 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Canada 196,586 35,623,680 0.55% 8 7 50 3 346 147 493 190
Cayman Islands 231 58,441 0.40% 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0
Costa Rica 48,841 4,930,258 0.99% 1 2 10 2 59 21 80 14
Cuba 11,147,407 0 0 0 1 0 3 3 0
Curacao 538 149,648 0.36% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Dominica 161 73,897 0.22% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Dominican Republic 134,743 10,734,247 1.26% 1 3 20 9 126 69 195 31
El Salvador 125,936 6,172,011 2.04% 1 3 22 0 134 30 164 23
Grenada 425 111,724 0.38% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Guadeloupe 512 400,132[8] 0.13% 0 0 0 1 0 3 3 2
Guatemala 272,449 15,460,732 1.76% 2 6 48 15 284 159 443 66
Haiti 23,046 10,646,714 0.22% 0 1 4 4 24 22 46 11
Honduras 175,128 9,038,741 1.94% 1 4 31 5 177 61 238 33
Jamaica 6,425 2,990,561 0.21% 0 1 1 1 6 13 19 4
Martinique 230 378,243[8] 0.06% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Mexico 1,435,383 124,574,795 1.15% 13 34 229 42 1,506 481 1,987 280
Nicaragua 98,534 6,025,951 1.64% 0 2 12 4 73 39 112 14
Panama 55,458 3,753,142 1.48% 1 1 7 4 45 28 73 14
Puerto Rico 23,234 3,351,827 0.69% 0 1 5 0 29 12 41 8
Saint Kitts and Nevis 211 52,715 0.40% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Saint Lucia 368 164,994 0.22% 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 683 102,089 0.67% 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Sint Maarten 251 42,083 0.60% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Trinidad and Tobago 3,464 1,218,208 0.28% 0 1 1 0 5 4 9 1
Turks and Caicos Islands 52,570 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
United States 6,641,886 326,625,791 2.03% 81 125 1,618 7 12,427 1,811 14,238 2,164
Virgin Islands 35,015 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Virgin Islands of the US 576 102,951 0.54% 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
Totals 9,253,590 575,301,360 1.61% 109 192 2,058 103 15,241 2,941 18,182 2,866
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Oceania[edit]

Country Membership Population LDS Temples Missions Stakes Districts Wards Branches Congregations Family History Centers
American Samoa 16,339 51,504 31.72% 0 0 5 0 38 4 42 4
Australia 151,049 23,232,413 0.65% 5 6 41 8 226 82 308 183
Cook Islands 1,843 9,290 19.84% 0 0 0 1 0 5 5 3
Fiji 20,510 920,938 2.23% 1 1 4 3 27 23 50 10
French Polynesia 27,521 287,881 9.56% 1 1 9 3 71 23 94 20
Guam 2,516 167,358 1.50% 0 1 1 0 4 0 4 1
Kiribati 19,690 108,145 18.21% 0 0 2 2 11 20 31 2
Marshall Islands 6,970 74,539 9.35% 0 1 2 0 12 0 12 3
Micronesia 6,217 104,196 5.97% 0 0 1 3 5 17 22 9
Nauru 117 9,642 1.21% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
New Caledonia 2,415 279,070 0.87% 0 0 1 0 6 3 9 3
New Zealand 113,436 4,510,327 2.52% 1 3 30 2 173 52 225 52
Niue 305 1,626 18.76% 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1
Northern Mariana Islands 816 52,263 1.56% 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
Palau 515 21,431 2.40% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Papua New Guinea 27,163 6,909,701 0.39% 0 2 2 12 10 70 80 2
Samoa 80,437 200,108 40.20% 1 1 20 0 143 14 157 20
Solomon Islands 1,099 647,581 0.17% 0 0 0 1 0 5 5 0
Tonga 64,824 106,479 60.88% 1 1 21 2 136 32 168 20
Tuvalu 257 11,052 2.33% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Vanuatu 8,786 282,814 3.11% 0 1 1 3 5 30 35 2
Totals 552,825 37,988,358 1.46% 10 18 140 40 868 385 1,253 338
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South America[edit]

Country Membership Population LDS Temples Missions Stakes Districts Wards Branches Congregations Family History Centers
Argentina 452,309 44,293,293 1.02% 2 14 76 28 485 275 760 116
Bolivia 203,073 11,138,234 1.82% 1 5 32 8 189 66 255 42
Brazil 1,383,799 207,353,391 0.67% 6 34 269 40 1,662 437 2,099 366
Chile 590,124 17,789,267 3.32% 1 10 77 16 432 168 600 104
Colombia 200,512 47,220,856 0.42% 1 5 29 11 169 81 250 53
Ecuador 243,730 16,290,913 1.50% 1 5 39 9 237 67 304 53
Falkland Islands 2,931 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
French Guiana 428 254,541[8] 0.17% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Guyana 5,840 737,718 0.79% 0 0 0 2 0 11 11 4
Paraguay 93,412 6,943,739 1.35% 1 2 11 9 61 76 137 19
Peru 590,121 31,036,656 1.90% 2 13 102 19 619 127 746 144
Suriname 1,578 591,919 0.27% 0 0 0 1 0 5 5 3
Uruguay 104,996 3,360,148 3.12% 1 2 18 3 104 35 139 24
Venezuela 168,123 31,304,016 0.54% 1 4 34 5 194 51 245 51
Totals 3,969,757 415,078,207 0.96% 17 94 675 152 4,101 1,422 5,523 937
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External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "LDS Statistics and Church Facts". www.mormonnewsroom.org. 
  2. ^ "The World Factbook". www.cia.gov. Retrieved 12 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Meetinghouse Locator". www.lds.org. 
  4. ^ "Membership record". LDSTech Wiki. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Peggy Fletcher Stack (2005). Keeping members a challenge for LDS church, The Salt Lake Tribune, July 26, 2005; accessed 20 December 2017
  6. ^ Dallin H. Oaks (2003; adapted from a 2000 speech). The Role of Members in Conversion, TheEnsign.com; accessed 20 December 2017
  7. ^ Stacy Willis (2001). Mormon Church is funding its future, The Las Vegas Sun; accessed 20 December 2017
  8. ^ a b c d "Population de 1968 à 2015 : comparaisons régionales et départementales". www.insee.fr (in French). Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "CBS StatLine - Caribisch Nederland; bevolkingsontwikkeling, geboorte, sterfte, migratie". statline.cbs.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 20 April 2016.