• Why we need more churches

    Population/Church Ratios 

    The ratio of population served by each church has slipped from 3,897 in 1900 to 6,139 in 2010. Outside of the South the numbers are even more sobering, illustrating why churches are desperately needed to reach our continent with the gospel.

    Browse the table below to see ratio of church/population ratio in each state. Selected states also have a downloadable presentation graphic that will help you share how badly churches are needed across our continent

    Population Key:  20,000+ | 10,000 - 20,000 | < 10,000View Full Size Map  

    Region/State

     

    Population per Church, 2012

    (Southern Baptist Convention or
    Canadian National Baptist Convention)
     

     
     
    Northeast  37,788   
      Connecticut 61,903  View Graphic 
      Delaware 26,973  View Graphic 
      District of Columbia 9,728  View Graphic 
      Maine 55,383  View Graphic 
      Maryland 10,622  View Graphic 
      Massachusetts 43,439  View Graphic 
      New Hampshire 45,542  View Graphic 
      New Jersey 75,124  View Graphic 
      New York 57,900  View Graphic 
      Pennsylvania 34,684  View Graphic 
      Rhode Island 87,524  View Graphic 
      Vermont 15,650  View Graphic 
      Puerto Rico 55,670  View Graphic 
      Virgin Islands 14,962  View Graphic 
    Midwest  12,802   
      Illinois 12,112  View Graphic 
      Indiana 15,829  View Graphic 
      Iowa 27,695  View Graphic 
      Kansas 8,935  View Graphic 
      Michigan 32,404  View Graphic 
      Minnesota 73,687  View Graphic 
      Missouri 3,022  View Graphic 
      Nebraska 20,617  View Graphic 
      North Dakota 21,201  View Graphic 
      Ohio 16,214  View Graphic 
      South Dakota 13,889  View Graphic 
      West Virginia 8,032  View Graphic 
      Wisconsin 60,278  View Graphic 
    South  2,697   
      Alabama 1,451  View Graphic 
      Arkansas 1,929  View Graphic 
      Florida 6,401  View Graphic 
      Georgia 2,726  View Graphic 
      Kentucky 1,708  View Graphic 
      Louisiana 2,771  View Graphic 
      Mississippi 1,395  View Graphic 
      North Carolina 2,262  View Graphic 
      Oklahoma 2,083  View Graphic 
      South Carolina 2,229  View Graphic 
      Tennessee 2,039  View Graphic 
      Texas 3,407  View Graphic 
      Virginia 4,313  View Graphic 
    West    16,084   
      Alaska 7,101  View Graphic 
      Arizona 15,311  View Graphic 
      California 16,540  View Graphic 
      Colorado 14,097  View Graphic 
      Hawaii 12,892  View Graphic 
      Idaho 16,976  View Graphic 
      Montana 7,673  View Graphic 
      Nevada 13,524  View Graphic 
      New Mexico 6,189  View Graphic 
      Oregon 26,526  View Graphic 
      Utah 36,606  View Graphic 
      Washington 24,632  View Graphic 
      Wyoming 5,387  View Graphic 
      American Samoa 8,304  
      Guam 36,173  
    Average for U.S. and Territories   6,194    
           
    Canada     117,925  View Graphic 
      Alberta 77,405   
      British Columbia 53,279   
      Manitoba 105,418  
      New Brunswick 63,004  
      Newfoundland/Labrador 526,702  
      Northwest Territories 43,537  
      Nova Scotia 117,599  
      Ontario 233,414  
      Nunavut 35,591  
      Prince Edward Island 36,309  
      Quebec 185,349  
      Saskatchewan 52,776  
      Yukon Territory 36,700  

     

    Sources:

    • Annual Church Profile, 2012, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tenn.
    • Population,Estimates, U.S. Bureau of the Census, Suitland, Md.
    • Statistics Canada, Canadian National Baptist Convention
       

    Compiled by the Center for Missional Research, North American Mission Board