Why We Need More Churches

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 | < 10,000

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 14,862     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       View Graphic
Guam 36,173     View Graphic

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