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Statistics and information are the heart of Research Services. Here you can find statistics on church membership, finances, and ministers of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); year-to-year trends for congregations and presbyteries; demographics; statistical snapshots of Presbyterians; and more.

Presbyterian Panel Reports & Summaries

The Presbyterian Panel “listens to Presbyterians” quarterly through national surveys of more than 3,500 members, elders and ministers. Learn more.

Research Services’ Church Trends is the new PC(USA) congregational data website that provides the current year and most recent five years of congregational, presbytery, synod and PC(USA) data. Comparative Statistics is no longer published.

Field Guide to U.S. Congregational Life Survey
The U.S. Congregational Life Survey is the largest and most representative view of the American religious landscape ever developed in the United States, including 500,000 worshipers in more than 5,000 congregations across the country. Resources include:

Your congregation can take the U.S. Congregational Life Survey to discover how you compare to these national benchmarks and to discover your congregation’s strengths.

Presbyterians Today – Go Figure! Articles

Go Figure! columns in Presbyterians Today magazine present statistical snapshots of Presbyterians, from the beliefs and practices of individuals to the programs and activities of congregations. Each column combines graphics and text to highlight interesting and useful findings from the Presbyterian Panel or other surveys.

Go Figure! is written by the staff of Research Services. For information about Research Services articles inPresbyterians Today, email Research Services at

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Neighborhood Demographic Reports
Research Services provides free online demographic information for the community around your congregation based on U.S. Census data. You can find information on:

  • Annual population growth
  • Percentage of households with children
  • Adult age distribution
  • Housing types
  • Education level of adults
  • Household income
  • Major cultural/ethnic

You can also identify other Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations in your area, look at neighborhood demographics, and zoom in and out on a demographics map. Get help with Demographics online or by phone at (888) 728-7228, x2040, or by emailing research services at

Faith Community Today – FACT
Faith Communities Today (FACT) is the largest survey of congregations ever conducted in the United States. FACT is intended to provide a public profile of religion in America by providing information from 14,301 congregations in 41 participating groups including Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Orthodox organizations.