10 Statistics

How many UUs are there?

There are 200,000 in the United States and Canada, 80,000 in Rumania and Hungary, 10,000 in Great Britain and Europe, and small groups in India, the Philippines and Nigeria.

Is membership growing or declining?

From the 1961 merger until the late 1970s, membership went through a slow decline similar to that of other churches. In recent years we have had a modest but steady growth.

How does the growth in membership compare to the growth of mainline Protestant churches?

UU membership has increased about 10 percent since 1980. During that same period membership in mainline Protestant denominations has declined.

How does the growth in Sunday School enrollment compare to that of Protestant churches?

Since 1980, enrollment in our Sunday schools is up 40 percent; in Protestant churches it is down about 50 percent.

What percentage of members are people with little experience in attending Sunday School or church services?

Although no statistics are available on this, Rev. Charles Gaines of the UUA's Department of Extension feels that we have an increasing number of 20 and 30 year olds with little or no prior religious affiliation.

Are UUs hard to find?

Sort of. Only one American in every 1,300 is a Unitarian Universalist.

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