For the First Time Ever, Less Than Half of Americans Belong to a House of Worship

For the First Time Ever, Less Than Half of Americans Belong to a House of Worship


For the first time since Gallup has been measuring churchgoers in the United States, less than 50 percent of Americans say they are members of a house of worship.

The results, released last month, come from a 2020 survey.

“U.S. church membership was 73% when Gallup first measured it in 1937 and remained near 70% for the next six decades, before beginning a steady decline around the turn of the 21st century,” Gallup reported.

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Since 1999, Gallup results show that the percentage of Americans who say they are members of a house of worship has been steadily declining, to an all-time low 47 percent in 2020.

According to Gallup, the decline in church membership might be related to a growing number of Americans who do not identify with a specific religion. Gallup reported that over the past three years, as many as 21 percent of Americans say they have no religious

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