World

General Conference

World LDS Membership

Membership as of 1 January 2011.

Click ONCE on column headers to sort.

Country Members 2008 Δ 2009 Δ 2010 Δ % LDS Stakes Wards Branches Missions Districts Temples7
169 14,131,467 314,360 316,345 306,613 2,895 20,839 7,701 346 598 157
Albania 1,984 108 87 59 0.05 11 1 1
American Samoa 15,159 226 44 375 22.50 4 31 6
Andorra 69 -31 6 5 0.07 1
Angola 932 -112 184 101 0.00 3
Antigua and Barbuda 189 20 3 5 0.20 1
Argentina 389,393 7,895 8,784 8,724 0.91 70 481 360 10 37 2
Armenia 2,888 98 85 55 0.09 15 1 2
Aruba 489 42 11 20 0.44 2
Australia 129,744 3,675 3,117 2,977 0.58 33 203 81 7 10 5
Austria 4,294 39 -12 91 0.05 2 12 5
Bahamas 917 36 143 -36 0.26 3
Bahrain2 281 0 205 0 0.02 1
Bangladesh3 50 -26 0 0 0.00 1
Barbados 733 27 -19 56 0.21 4 1
Belgium 6,019 14 -63 39 0.06 2 9 8 1
Belize 3,852 124 179 243 1.10 11 2
Benin 229 37 -52 28 0.00 1 1
Bermuda 140 -5 4 10 0.19 1
Bolivia 172,640 4,692 5,277 4,244 1.70 24 172 81 3 10 1
Botswana 1,331 3 -322 348 0.06 2 2
Brazil 1,138,740 41,403 42,118 36,066 0.53 239 1,457 468 27 49 7
British Virgin Islands 142 36 20 11 0.56 1
Bulgaria 2,206 -18 27 55 0.03 13 1 2
Burundi1 & 3 50 0 0 50 0.00 2
Cambodia 10,530 171 549 1,622 0.06 24 1 5
Cameroon 1,003 88 116 160 0.00 5
Canada 182,415 -502 2,201 2,614 0.53 47 325 155 8 5 8
Canary Islands 3,500 0 0 0 0.19 18 3
Cape Verde 7,456 196 244 307 1.60 18 1 3
Cayman Islands 203 27 9 49 0.17 1
Central African Republic 427 -3 11 23 0.01 1
Chile 563,689 6,006 7,171 1,769 3.30 74 421 199 9 23 1
China — Hong Kong 24,425 284 891 311 0.33 4 23 9 1 1 1
China — Macau5 673 69 0 -587 0.22 2
Christmas Island 117 0 0 0 7.70 1
Colombia 172,534 4,810 4,750 4,020 0.36 28 175 97 4 12 1
Cook Islands (Rarotonga) 1,853 31 13 6 6.50 5 1
Costa Rica 38,337 1,019 157 1,514 0.86 5 44 33 1 5 1
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) 15,638 782 1,172 1,221 0.06 4 30 14 1
Croatia 532 10 20 -1 0.01 6 1
Cyprus 381 34 49 -5 0.04 4 1
Czech Republic 2,282 65 105 84 0.02 14 1 2
Democratic Republic of the Congo 27,058 1,570 2,732 3,443 0.03 7 55 39 2 5
Denmark 4,378 19 25 -9 0.08 2 13 10 1 1
Dominica2 143 0 66 0 0.11 3
Dominican Republic 118,557 3,793 4,535 3,986 1.10 18 118 83 3 10 1
Ecuador 195,941 4,200 4,835 5,443 1.30 34 224 76 3 9 1
El Salvador 109,118 3,468 3,458 3,617 1.40 17 115 46 2 2 2
Equatorial Guinea 339 0 0 0 0.05
Estonia 1,043 42 41 33 0.07 5 1
Ethiopia 1,125 64 101 176 0.00 4 1
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) 10 1 0 5 0.10 1
Fiji 15,897 376 371 284 1.60 4 25 21 1 1 1
Finland 4,629 15 30 51 0.09 2 15 15 1 2 1
France 35,960 268 521 533 0.05 9 57 54 2 2
French Guiana 368 28 10 52 0.16 3
French Polynesia (Tahiti) 21,245 571 523 440 7.10 6 53 29 1 3 1
Gabon3 50 0 0 0 0.00
Georgia 208 25 6 24 0.00 2
Germany 38,257 380 257 461 0.05 14 89 84 3 3 2
Ghana 45,094 1,982 2,648 4,222 0.16 7 58 63 2 6 1
Gibraltar 16 0 0 -16 0.11 1
Greece 735 32 25 17 0.01 4 1
Greenland 14 0 -4 -5 0.04 1
Grenada 230 2 13 39 0.20 1
Guadeloupe 423 27 59 -19 0.09 4 1
Guam 2,140 184 97 169 1.00 1 4 1
Guatemala 226,027 5,085 5,110 5,731 1.62 39 235 180 5 19 1
Guernsey1 48 4 1 0 0.07 1
Guyana 5,016 1,363 911 170 0.51 15 2
Haiti 16,902 996 833 580 0.17 2 16 16 1 2
Honduras 142,258 5,492 5,310 5,850 1.70 20 137 82 3 7 1
Hungary 4,738 94 120 144 0.04 1 5 17 1 2
Iceland 246 -9 6 -1 0.08 2
India 9,188 568 713 899 0.00 36 2 6
Indonesia 6,683 137 153 137 0.00 21 1 3
Ireland 2,890 -33 27 91 0.07 1 4 9 1
Isle of Man1 283 -4 10 -6 0.37 1
Israel2 150 0 0 0 0.00 3
Italy 23,976 253 544 546 0.04 7 37 56 2 5 1
Jamaica 5,721 179 -84 -185 0.21 20 1 2
Japan 125,107 803 796 1,066 0.10 28 160 126 6 15 3
Jersey1 288 2 0 0 0.32 1
Kazakhstan 162 10 6 21 0.00 1
Kenya4 10,270 292 954 900 0.02 1 5 30 1 1
Kiribati 14,927 1,029 697 755 11.90 2 11 14
Latvia 1,102 59 48 29 0.04 7 1 1
Lesotho 747 30 67 74 0.03 2
Liberia 5,447 129 212 196 0.15 13 2
Liechtenstein3 50 0 0 0 0.00
Lithuania 894 14 53 -6 0.02 5 1
Luxembourg 296 5 1 5 0.06 1
Madagascar 6,736 609 747 1,220 0.02 1 12 16 1
Malawi 925 37 56 127 0.00 3
Malaysia 7,314 1,020 758 910 0.02 28 6
Malta 146 -7 9 5 0.03 1
Marshall Islands 5,093 -147 249 368 7.00 1 6 6 1 1
Martinique 203 30 2 15 0.04 2
Mauritius 406 -5 6 37 0.03 2
Mayotte1 7 0 0 0 0.00 1
Mexico 1,234,545 36,343 39,337 36,972 1.00 221 1,544 465 23 34 12
Micronesia 4,193 87 148 204 3.50 20 4
Moldova 321 21 9 27 0.01 2 1
Mongolia 9,896 723 795 657 0.28 1 6 17 1 2
Mozambique 5,392 635 228 313 0.02 18 1 2
Namibia 686 56 43 81 0.03 2
Nauru 96 -2 -2 -10 0.77 1
Nepal3 50 0 0 0 0.00 1
Netherlands 9,052 161 192 151 0.05 3 20 13 1
Netherlands Antilles 847 39 -42 0 0.39 3 1
New Caledonia 1,949 55 7 59 0.83 8 1
New Zealand 104,115 778 1,474 3,153 2.36 25 154 53 2 3 1
Nicaragua 71,888 4,078 3,311 4,613 1.00 9 58 45 2 7
Nigeria 98,359 4,455 5,158 4,827 0.06 16 139 160 4 21 1
Niue 284 15 10 6 19.10 2
Northern Mariana Islands 632 -20 -22 -103 0.85 1
Norway 4,361 38 42 155 0.09 1 7 16 1 1
Palau 443 -3 1 19 2.00 1
Panama 46,425 1,097 1,640 1,082 1.30 8 42 36 1 5 1
Papua New Guinea 18,336 664 651 1,021 0.28 1 5 60 1 9
Paraguay 80,788 3,271 3,418 2,568 1.00 10 63 86 2 11 1
Peru 493,563 13,450 18,463 12,747 1.60 94 596 180 9 24 2
Philippines 645,776 19,930 17,300 13,891 0.63 80 500 600 16 85 2
Poland 1,648 25 70 26 0.00 13 1 2
Portugal 39,031 88 321 522 0.36 6 33 35 2 4
Puerto Rico 20,785 256 322 399 0.51 5 27 14 1
Republic of the Congo 4,799 220 268 337 0.10 1 8 7
Republic of Korea 84,380 830 1,221 1,908 0.17 17 93 46 3 6 1
Réunion 851 16 32 30 0.10 4 1
Romania 2,905 64 64 105 0.01 17 1 2
Russia 21,023 4,331 330 747 0.01 116 8 13
Saint Kitts and Nevis 197 42 8 27 0.41 1
Saint Lucia 217 53 39 12 0.10 2
Saint Maarten 159 0 0 -51 0.67 1
Saint Vincent 493 43 27 39 0.40 2
Samoa 71,272 871 2,124 2,028 31.00 16 118 16 1 1
Serbia and Montenegro 307 2 11 19 0.00 3 1
Sierra Leone 8,907 397 276 577 0.13 23 1 2
Singapore 3,337 167 48 399 0.06 1 8 1 1
Slovakia 193 15 22 32 0.00 4
Slovenia 385 28 12 -7 0.02 4 1 1
Solomon Islands 234 15 53 -65 0.04 1
Somalia3 50 0 0 0 0.00
South Africa 54,996 2,131 3,598 3,286 0.10 11 72 75 3 4 1
Spain4 47,337 1,431 1,425 1,608 0.11 10 67 66 3 6 1
Sri Lanka 1,294 49 30 -13 0.01 3 1
Suriname 1,233 210 105 71 0.22 6 1
Swaziland 1,287 83 55 100 0.10 4 1
Sweden 9,206 136 125 115 0.10 4 24 16 1 1 1
Switzerland 8,092 64 8 145 0.10 5 26 10 1 1
Taiwan 53,111 2,020 2,036 2,021 0.21 11 83 17 2 1 1
Tanzania 1,007 -82 153 57 0.00 5 1
Thailand 16,331 417 384 73 0.02 1 7 30 1 5
Togo 1,246 60 241 212 0.01 5 1
Tonga 58,805 391 501 3,632 45.00 17 129 36 1 1 1
Trinidad and Tobago 2,885 218 206 190 0.20 1 5 6 1
Turkey 254 23 -12 45 0.00 4
Tuvalu Islands 135 18 3 1 1.00 1
Uganda 9,024 2,218 1,297 808 0.02 1 6 12 1 1
Ukraine 10,880 163 165 158 0.02 1 8 54 3 4 1
United Kingdom 186,814 1,916 2,410 732 0.24 45 281 52 6 2
United States of America 6,144,582 100,633 84,866 85,675 2.00 1,465 11,551 2,040 104 11 79
Uruguay 95,726 1,825 1,818 1,791 2.60 16 107 55 2 4 1
Vanuatu 4,354 262 223 348 1.70 26 2
Venezuela 150,017 2,526 2,898 3,030 0.50 29 192 82 4 8 1
Vietnam3 50 0 0 0 0.00 2
Virgin Islands 712 124 54 4 0.60 2
Zambia 2,587 142 158 192 0.02 10 1 2
Zimbabwe 18,549 272 391 917 0.15 3 18 30 1 2
Unassigned membership6 12,093 -2,676 -150 2,641 100.00

Last membership update 23 December 2011. Last temple update 23 December 2011.

Notes

1. Not included in the Almanac but listed at LDS Newsroom’s Facts & Stats.
2. Not included in the Almanac nor listed at Facts & Stats. Used figures from LDS Church Growth or other source.
3. Fewer than 100 members. 50 members and 0% LDS assumed.
4. Typographical errors in the Almanac. Used Facts & Stats listing or recalculated percentages.
5. Figures differ between the Almanac and Facts & Stats.
6. Rough estimate of unassigned members based upon page 4 of the Almanac which states, “Total includes additional membership not assigned to an area of the Church.” I subtract from the world membership on page 4 the sum of the country memberships to yield the unassigned membership.
7. Temples include those announced or under construction, as of my last temple update.

Linking

To link to a specific country, for example China — Hong Kong, use: http://www.rickety.us/lds/world/#ChinaHongKong
Realize that:

  • Country names are case sensitive.
  • Country names are preceded by a #, like this: #RepublicoftheCongo.
  • Spaces and dashes are removed.
  • A special character, for example, é is converted to e.
  • Where countries have an alternative name listed, the name in parenthesis is used.

Sources

Unlisted

The following countries are not listed in the Church Almanac and have no permanent functioning church unit. However, some have groups of members meeting for services.

Afghanistan, Algeria, Anguilla, Antarctica, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bouvet Island, British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Chad, China, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Comoros, Cuba, Djibouti, East Timor, Eritrea, Faroe Islands, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Heard & McDonald Islands, Iraq, Islamic Republic of Iran, Jordan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Monaco, Monserrat, Morocco, Myanmar, Niger, Norfolk Island, Oman, Pakistan, Pitcairn, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, St. Helena, St. Pierre & Miquelon, Sudan, Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tokelau, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turks & Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vatican City State, Wallis & Futuna Islands, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zaire.
Rickety signature.

Comments

  1. okinawa says:

    Wow, so many members in Japan. Do they break it down by prefecture anywhere?

  2. Not that I know of. The names of the 29 stakes are by geographical area so I could post the names of the stakes if you wish. That would give you some idea where the members are located.

  3. More members than I’d have thought in Thailand also!

    • In 1854 an LDS missionary was sent to Thailand. The Thailand District was organized in 1966. In 1973, Thailand became its own mission. In 1974 the first meetinghouse was built. So Mormons have been in Thailand a lot longer than many other countries.

  4. Jonathen says:

    In the same vein as the other Japan inquiry goes, I would be very interested to see a graph like the ones you made for the US and Canada for Japan over the past few decades. Do you have access to such information in the almanacs? If making a graph would be troublesome, even a simple list of the number of members there during such a timeline would be fun to see. (I am an RM from Japan, thus the interest in that particular country.)

    Thank for putting this together, by the way – it was very interesting to see how much the church is growing, and where for that matter!

    • These are the Almanacs that I own:
      1987
      2001-2002 (this is when the Almanac was published every two years)
      2003 to 2010 (published every year)

      So I could go back ten years that’s all.

    • I did some research and I found I could obtain locally most almanacs back to the first edition of 1974. As I have been intending to secure the missing editions for some time, I went ahead and purchased them this morning. Two of the almanacs that were not available locally I ordered online. The remaining 1978 almanac I cannot find.

      In a week or so I will be able to post some numbers.

  5. Jonathen says:

    Thank you very much; I live out in the middle of nowhere, and I doubt that any local libraries would carry the almanacs, so your posting of such numbers would be much appreciated!

    • I have put together a chart and table, a little ahead of schedule, at http://www.rickety.us/lds/japan/

      There are two more data points to add but the chart as it stands gives a good idea of the LDS growth in Japan. It looks to be leveling off of late though. I haven’t checked but I suspect that Japanese population growth as a whole may also be slowing.

      • Jonathen says:

        Thank you very much for taking the time to put this together; are all the data points for past years available in the 2010 almanac, or did you have to go through the past ones to get the previous years’ information?

        And just as you suspected, Japan itself is facing the giant problem of a shrinking / aging society because of a small number of childbirths (少子高齢化社会 as they refer to it), amongst other issues.

        • I went through every almanac. After I looked in one the rest followed the same format so the process became faster. There are two more years to add when two more almanacs are delivered. I will then have the complete set except for 1978. That means that similar plots could be made for other countries.

          Also LDS growth versus general population growth.

  6. I’m going on a mission to Samoa. I was curious if you knew why the CIA states that approximately 13 percent of the population is LDS while the Church Almanac relates that it’s closer to 30 percent.

    • The difference in the percentages are sufficient to question the accuracy of one or both or suggests dissimilar criteria for what constitutes a member. I have served as a Branch Clerk in England and a Membership Clerk and Ward Clerk in the U.S.A. My experiences in these callings give me confidence that the Church’s numbers are accurate and up-to-date.

      However, consider that the CIA percentage is from the 2001 census whereas the LDS percentage reflects yearly updates. Children of record are included in LDS membership percentages but I do not know if the CIA percentage includes all or any children of record.

      Whether children of record are counted can make a big difference. For example, worldwide in 2009, new children of record were 29.94% of the total increase in membership that year. Similarly I would expect that new children of record would make a noticeable difference in percentage in Samoa.

      Congratulations on your mission call.

Speak Your Mind