Social Explorer Gets Religion! by Ahmed Lacevic
Today, Social Explorer, in association with the Association of Religious Data Archives, releases maps and reports at the county level that provide counts of adherents and congregations of most demoninations in the United States for 1980, 1990 and 2000, including Catholics, many Protestant Denominations, both Evangelical and mainline, Mormons, Muslims and Jews, etc.
Based on the Religious Congregations and Membership Study (RCMS) this is the most complete census available on religious congregations and their members. These data were developed by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB).
Want to know where the Bahai or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) are concentrated by state or county? Social Explorer can tell you! There are well over 100 denominations reported for each decade. The application is available through the Social Explorer website and through the ARDA site.