Helpful sources of data related to religion and some helps for how to use empirical materials.
Last Updated: Oct 4, 2012
For a basic understanding of the use of statistics in religious life, consult these resources.
Find stats through Databases@Emory.
- Religion Data Resources
Links compiled by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research.
- 2010 Religious Census: Religious Congregations and Membership Survey
Download maps that look at spread of denominations in the U.S. by location, penetration, percentage change between 2000 and 2010, and community type.
- Association of Religion Data Archives
Compare national profiles, examine denominational data, and see the QuickLists and QuickStats for topics of belief, practice, and identity.
- National Congregations Study
- CARA: Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate
A research center based at Georgetown University that conducts social science research about the Catholic church. They also publish the CARA Report.
A site devoted to gathering statistical and geographic references to religions, religious groups, and religious phenomena from around the world.
- Online data available from CARA
- North American Jewish Data Bank
- Data Links from the Roper Center
- Gallup Organization trends
- Pew Forum Datasets
The religion and public life data archive.
- Pew Forum U. S. Religious Landscape Survey
Comparisions, reports, maps, beliefs and practices, and demographic characteristics.
- Human Relations Area Files
Includes tutorials, a quick user's guide, and a basic guide to cross-cultural research
- Outline of Cultural Materials (OCM) for HRAF
- Overview of Human Relations Area Files
- Odum Institute for Research in Social Science Data Holdings
The Odum Institute is a research unit based at UNC-Chapel Hill. They have numerous data sets available via their web catalog.
- Survey Documentation and Analysis at UC-Berkeley
Contains data from the General Social Surveys.
- World Christian Database
Requires Emory login. Includes detailed information on 9,000 Christian denominations and on religions in every country of the world. Extensive data are available on 239 countries and 13,000 ethnolinguistic peoples, as well as on 5,000 cities and 3,000 provinces.
- Pluralism Project
The strength of this collection is the inclusion of research on non-dominant religions in America. It can be searched by region or tradition. Much of the research is qualitative.
- World Values Survey
The World Values Survey is a worldwide investigation of sociocultural and political change. It is conducted by a network of social scientist at leading universities all around world. (From the website)
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