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Fading faith

BY THE NUMBERS | The deepening religious recession facing the United States


Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Fading faith
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64%

The estimated share of Americans who in 2020 identified religiously as Christians according to a recent Pew Research Center report. If trends continue, Pew warns, Christians could make up less than half of the nation’s population within decades.

384,000

The number of religious congregations in the United States according to a 2017 estimate based on the National Congregations Study.

4,500

The number of churches shuttered in 2019—compared with 3,000 started—according to a report last year from Lifeway Research.

47%

The share of Americans who said in 2020 they belonged to a religious congregation, down 20 percentage points from 2000, according to a Gallup survey.

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