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Africa, Philippines Lead Church Growth Over Past 10 Years

Membership increases by 18.92% from 2011 to 2021

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By David Schneider, Church News

From 2011 to 2021, the highest growth rates in Church membership occurred in Africa and the Philippines.

The Church overall grew from 14.13 million members in 2011 to 16.81 million in 2021 for an 18.92% increase.

The number of members in Africa more than doubled during the 10 years. The Philippines, Central America, Brazil and Pacific Islands had increases of more than 25%.

Growth in Church membership in past 10 years by region. Graphic by Aaron Thorup, courtesy of Church News.Copyright 2022 Deseret News Publishing Company.

In raw numbers, the regions with the largest increases in Church membership were the United States, with 618,437 new members; Spanish-speaking countries in South America, with 455,269; Africa, with 403,976; Brazil, with 317,498; and the Philippines, with 187,269.

2011 statistics are from the 2012 Church Almanac; 2021 statistics are posted on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

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