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What is the total number of Methodists' in the world? What is the total number of Methodists in the USA?

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Date: 7 April 2004 Answer: In 2001 the City University of New York conducted the ARIS study (American Religious Identification Survey), with a national sample size of 50,000 people who were asked what their religious preference is. This study was conducted under Dr. Barry Kosmin, and was a follow up to his 1990 study (NSRI) of a similar nature. 6.8% percent of respondents said that they were Methodist (or Wesleyan). 6.8% of the U.S. population in 2001 was 14,150,000 people (counting men, women, and children). According to U.S. Census Bureau projections based on the 2000 Census and growth rates, there are currently (7 April 2004) approx. 292,967,656 people in the United States. Today, 6.8% of the total U.S. population is 19,921,801 people. So I would say that there are nearly 20 million Methodists in the United States, but I would point out that this includes people who only nominally identify themselves as Methodists. Less than half of these are actually members of Methodist ... more
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