Just how religious are New Mexicans? A new report has the answer

The results from the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies’ (ASARB) 2020 U.S. Religion Census report show a growing trend for people of faith in New Mexico.

According to the data in the report, there were 1,111,977 “adherents” (churchgoers) in the state. That is a 7.26  percent increase from 2010’s report, which showed 1,031,198 adherents. 

Despite congregations dwindling from 2,447 in 2010 to 2,405 in 2020, church membership grew.

The ASARB defined adherents as people who “generally are members, children who are not members, and others who are not members but are considered participants in the congregation.”

Catholics were by far the greatest number of church congregants in 2020, with 633,259 adherents (29.9 percent), which is a slight bump of 1.5 percent from 2010’s number of 584,941 adherents (28.4 percent). 

The next largest religious denomination in New Mexico is evangelical protestants, with 277,326 adherents, a slight 1.21 percent decline from 273,956 in 2010. Evangelical protestants make up 12.9 percent of all churchgoers, with non-denominational Christian Churches making up the largest amount of that figure or around 37.6 percent.

The Catholic Church had the highest concentration of adherents in 32 out of New Mexico’s 33 counties, with the only exception being Hidalgo County, which had a higher percentage of adherents belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

Islam had a massive 192.6 percent increase in New Mexico, with 12,046 members of the church in 2020, while there were only 4,116 adherents in 2010.

Judaism had a significant 14.4 percent decline in New Mexico adherents, with 3,698 in 2020 versus 4,232 back in 2010.

According to an analysis of the data by Ryan Roys of Eastern Illinois University, “South Florida and many of the least-populous counties in Texas close to the border with Mexico saw notable growth, as did parts of New Mexico and Arizona. Additionally, counties in Idaho became more religious in 2020 over 2010.”

Nationwide, the Catholic Church remained the leader in religious denominations, with 61,858,137 adherents, and non-denominational Christian Churches came in second place with 21,095,641 adherents. 

See the full results of the 2020 U.S. Religion Census here.

Pew Research Center’s 2015 Religious Landscape Study revealed that New Mexico is the 15th most religious state, with 63 percent of respondents saying they believe in God with absolute certainty and 57 percent of the population being “highly religious.” A similar statistic from the World Population Review revealed that New Mexico is the 18th most religious state, with 57 percent of adults being religious. 


12 thoughts on “Just how religious are New Mexicans? A new report has the answer”

  1. Find this hard to believe, given voting outcomes in this pathetic state. I’m not discounting rampant cheating but there are still a lot of people in this state who will only vote “D” no matter the character or policies. How can one be an adherent to God & vote for godless & morally corrupt politicians like Wuhan-Grisham & her minions running legislature, courts, etc?

    1. Some churches dont follow the scriptures and they want to keep their members so they lean toward what their member choose which is not scriptural.

    2. You are exactly right, Cindi!!! Catholics who continue to vote for godless and Marxist Dems are not following their religious dictates. They are CINO (Catholic in name only), just like RINOs.

    3. I agree with you Cindi. Too many voters in NM put party affiliation, i.e. Democrat, ahead of God and religion. How can you be a Christian but choose to elect people who murder babies?

  2. Nancy Tannenbaum

    One cannot support abortion/infanticide aka murder – or vote into office those who do – and call themselves Christians. Voters here who continue voting for murder and the continuing destruction of which the current regime is so proud are accomplices to it. Adherents of revisionist theology, of course, cannot and will not understand this.

  3. Kathairein Greer

    What makes you think that various sorts of Monotheism are the only religious flavors of icecream? [Jews, Christians and Islamists]
    There are all sort of Native Americans living in this state.
    IMO, true Paganry is much more moral than anything Monotheisms cooked up. In Paganry, people have the responsibility to CHOOSE their own Deities. and they usually do not have to create armies of priests telling them how to relate to those Deities.
    IMO, there is much more freedom when people CHOOSE their own Deities than among people who are CHOSEN by one God only. Seems to me moral freedom and responsibility grows best in Freedom.
    Kathairein Greer

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