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Unitarian Universalist congregations by state

Map showing number of UUA congregations by state as of Feb. 2011 and the relative number of congregations to each state's population, using 2010 U.S. Census data.
By Christopher L. Walton
Fall 2011 8.15.11

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Where are you most likely to find a Unitarian Universalist congregation? This map [click here for an enlarged version] shows the number of congregations affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association in each state and the District of Columbia.

Seven of the ten states with the most congregations are also among the most populous states, but the state with the most congregations and members is Massachusetts, the fourteenth most populous state.

Each state is shaded to indicate how many congregations there are relative to the total population. We’ve labeled this data “UU congregations per 1 million people.” Vermont, by this measure, is No. 1.


State Population Cong.'s Members
Ala. 4,779,736 9 842
Alaska 710,231 6 365
Ariz. 6,392,017 13 2,145
Ark. 2,915,918 7 557
Calif. 37,253,956 71 12,283
Colo. 5,029,196 19 3,722
Conn. 3,574,097 19 2,898
D.C. 601,723 3 1,080
Del. 897,934 5 955
Fla. 18,801,310 44 4,978
Ga. 9,687,653 17 2,223
Hawaii 1,360,301 1 132
Idaho 1,567,582 6 583
Iowa 3,046,355 12 1,723
Ill. 12,830,632 36 5,854
Ind. 6,483,802 17 2,361
Kans. 2,853,118 6 901
Ky. 4,339,367 8 1,031
La. 4,533,372 7 736
Maine 1,328,361 28 2,479
Mass. 6,547,629 139 19,246
Md. 5,773,552 24 4,986
Mich. 9,883,640 25 3,483
Minn. 5,303,925 24 4,637
Miss. 2,967,297 6 233
Mo. 5,988,927 9 1,796
Mont. 989,415 5 286
N.C. 9,535,483 26 4,795
N.Dak. 672,591 2 135
Nebr. 1,826,341 4 661
Nev. 2,700,551 2 330
N.H. 1,316,470 22 2,460
N.J. 8,791,894 21 3,962
N.Mex. 2,059,179 9 1,608
N.Y. 19,378,102 63 10,150
Ohio 11,536,504 37 4,936
Okla. 3,751,351 11 2,764
Ore. 3,831,074 21 3,242
Pa. 12,702,379 38 6,043
R.I. 1,052,567 8 1,071
S.C. 4,625,364 10 1,310
S.Dak. 814,180 3 122
Tenn. 6,346,105 14 2,375
Tex. 25,145,561 49 6,053
Utah 2,763,885 4 655
Va. 8,001,024 23 5,662
Vt. 625,741 21 1,938
Wash. 6,724,540 28 5,388
Wisc. 5,686,986 28 5,597
W.Va. 1,852,994 4 173
Wyo. 563,626 4 268

Map includes 1,018 UUA member congregations in the United States using data collected by the UUA through February 2011, but does not include the Church of the Larger Fellowship (which is headquartered in Mass. but serves a geographically dispersed community). The map does include multidenominational congregations affiliated with the UUA, including 17 in Mass., 4 in Ill., 3 in N.H., 2 in Vt., 1 in Maine, and 1 in D.C. The UUA also includes two congregations in the U.S. Virgin Islands, 19 in Canada, and six in other countries, for a total of 1,046. Data prepared by Christopher L. Walton. Map by bubaone/iStockphoto; Kathy Todd.


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