Religion information resources: Facts & data

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Statistics

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Key Online Resources

Adherents.com
Religious statistics for specific countries, states, provinces and specific religious groups. "Statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc."

Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)
Includes statistical data on churches and church membership in the USA, religious professionals, and religious groups (individuals, congregations and denominations).

NationMaster.com
Contains publicly available statistical data on all countries of the world. Select Religion under the Categories tab.

Statistics Canada
Has a guide to a selection of resources on religion. Please note that information about religion is collected only once every 10 years. Most recent data: Religions in Canada, 2001 Census. Filtered results of statistics on religion from Stats Can.

BC Stats
Information on religion in British Columbia. Religion in B.C. - 2004 (pdf) and  Religion - 1993 (pdf)

The World Factbook
Maps, data, religion statistics

  • The World almanac and book of facts [print]
  • Yearbook of American and Canadian churches -- contains statistical data based on reports from US and Canadian denominations. 1973-2012. [print]