11/23/10 UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention that some of the content linked to at the bottom of this post is no longer accessible due to changes on the UUA’s archive site. I’m hunting down original copies and will post as soon as they are available. ~ Peter
If we’re going to look at growth, in my opinion we have to start with the facts. What are the statistics?
When it comes to demographics I love this map of the United States showing the percentage of Unitarians by population. This is based on 2000 census data. Room for growth? Ya think?
This map is by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. And you though Unitarian Universalism was a really long name… Note that this group is working on a 2010 study. How will we fare? Any better. From what I’ve read we haven’t improved much since 2000. Maybe 2020 will show the fruits of our uu growth labor. You know the expression about the best time to plant a tree?
I’m going to grab my laptop and head of to a cafe and immerse myself in some statistics. I’ll be back. In the meantime, there is a great review of recent demographics by Christopher Walton here. And continued here. These posts are from 2008 just after the most recent data were released.
Here are a few other demographic tidbits from the archives compiled by Larry Ladd. These show UUA statistics for the first 40 years (1961-2000) of our association.
- UUA Statistics, compiled by Financial Advisor Larry Ladd
- Graph of combined Adult Membership and RE enrollment
- Graph of combined Membership & RE Enrollment as Percentage of Population
More stats are available through the Faith Communities Today Survey, known as the FACT Survey.
If you have a link to relevant UU demographics, please share. Post information in a comment or email me.