Below are some statistics of the Catholic Church in the United States
over the years. I was not able to get all years from 1958 on, I will
add them when I can get them. These statistics are from "The National
Catholic Almanac" and "The Catholic Almanac". Some years the totals
don't include religious priests assigned abroad; or they don't reflect
numbers for outlying areas of the U.S. The totals for priests and 
seminarians are for secular and religious. I only used these to illus-
trate one aspect of Church life. If you wish more detailed statistics,
consult the above named almanacs.


                 1957     1959     1960     1962     1966     
             ---------------------------------------------------
Priests         49,725   53,796   53,796   55,581   59,193   
Brothers         9,300   10,473   10,473   11,502   12,225   
Sisters        162,657  168,527  168,527  173,351  181,421  
Seminarians     36,468   39,896   39,896   46,189   48,046   


                 1967     1968     1969     1970     1974    
             ---------------------------------------------------
Priests         59,892   59,803   59,620   59,192   56,172      
Brothers        12,539   12,261   11,755   11,623    9,233       
Sisters        176,671  176,341  167,167  160,931  139,963
Seminarians     45,379   39,836   33,990   28,906   19,348


                 1975     1976     1977     1978     1979  
             ---------------------------------------------------
Priests         58,909   58,847   58,301   58,485   58,430      
Brothers         8,625    8,563    8,745    8,460    7,965
Sisters        135,225  130,995  130,804  129,391  128,378
Seminarians     17,802   17,247   15,943   14,998   13,960 

                 
                 1980     1982     1983     1984     1985
             ---------------------------------------------------
Priests         58,621   58,085   57,870   57,891   57,317
Brothers         7,941    7,880    7,658    7,596    7,544
Sisters        126,517  121,370  120,699  118,027  115,386
Seminarians     13,226   11,645   12,054   11,262   11,028


                 1986     1987     1988     1989     1990
             ---------------------------------------------------
Priests         57,183   53,382   53,522   52,948   52,535
Brothers         7,429    7,418    7,069    6,977    6,721
Sisters        113,658  112,489  106,912  104,419  102,504
Seminarians     10,440    8,556    7,512    5,646    6,057


                 1991     1992     1993     1994     1995
             ---------------------------------------------------
Priests         52,124   51,358   50,007   49,434   48,649
Brothers         6,835    6,550    6,205    6,470    6,535
Sisters        100,334   97,751   92,621   93,106   90,793
Seminarians      6,266    6,247    5,715    5,549    4,964


                 1996     1997     1998     1999
             ---------------------------------------------------
Priests         48,200   47,223   47,563   47,199
Brothers         6,297    6,235    6,115    5,970
Sisters         87,833   86,355   85,412   85,034
Seminarians      4,466    4,539    4,588    4,826

Catholic Population:

1957: 34,563,851
1959: 40,871,302
1960: 40,871,302
1962: 42,876,665
1966: 46,246.175
1967: 46,864,910
1968: 47,468,333
1969: 47,873,238
1970: 47,872,089
1974: 48,465,438
1975: 48,701,835
1976: 48,881,872
1977: 49,325,752
1978: 49,836,176
1979: 49,602,35_
1980: 49,812,178
1982: 51,207,579
1983: 52,088,744
1984: 52,392,934
1985: 52,286,043
1986: 52,654,908
1987: 52,893,217
1988: 53,496,862
1989: 54,918,989
1990: 55,062,842
1991: 55,646,713
1992: 55,337,316
1993: 56,398,696
1994: 56,857,063
1995: 57,348,914
1996: 57,444,292
1997: 58,357,561
1998: 61,563,769
1999: 62,018,436





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