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Religion and the U.S. Census

John Turner

For a century, the Census Bureau collected information about religion in the United States. Here is how the Bureau's efforts began with the 1850 decennial census, how it expanded to the Censuses of Religious Bodies, and why the religion censuses eventually came to an end in the middle of the twentieth century.

Census Bureau employees

RRCHNM to Digitize the 1926 Census of Religious Bodies

Lincoln Mullen

The National Endowment for the Humanities has generously supported the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media as it digitizes the most detailed and comprehensive potential dataset for American religious history. Read more about what the project will be doing.

A schedule from the 1926 Census