United States Jehovah's Witness Publisher Statistics
The growth rate of Jehovah's Witness in the United States has slowed dramatically since 1995. This follows the trend of most of the developed world, where the ability to research the religion via the internet prior to joining has caused a drop in conversion rates. The annual increase of just over 1% is barely above the population growth rate, despite over 250,000,000 million hours spent preaching each year. The number of hours of preaching for each baptism has doubled, from around 3500 hours in 1990, to over 7000 hours since 2011.
Please note that hours preaching by country stopped being published in 2016 and the "average publisher" figure was not published by country in 2017 or 2018, but were again since 2019, which is why there are gaps in the graphs.
The following table has been used to generate the above graphs.
The data is taken from the Watchtower global publisher reports that are printed each year. For the full reports see Historical Watchtower Data.
In 2008, the Pew forum conducted the U.S Religious Landscape Survey. This report highlighted that in the United States, Jehovah's Witnesses are overly represented by minority groups, low income earners and lower educated demographics.
Whilst 23% of the United States population are Latino or Black, the percentage amongst Jehovah's Witnesses is 46%, double the amount.
Jehovah's Witnesses have the lowest level of graduates and post graduates.
Jehovah's Witnesses have the second lowest percentage of members earning over $100,000.
For analyses of other Watchtower publisher statistics see:
Written 2010, latest update January 2021.
Paul Grundy 2005 - 2021