Religious organizations and churches

There are 273,584 religious organizations in the United States. Combined, these religious organizations employ 284,799 people, earn more than $36 billion in revenue each year, and have assets of $86 billion.

Types of religious organizations

Nonprofit typeNumberRevenues
 
136,107
 
$7,132,315,217
 
12,934
 
$532,369,727
 
7,956
 
$4,207,565,732
 
7,866
 
$5,945,351,750
 
3,767
 
$215,606,495
 
3,118
 
$1,738,549,067
 
2,532
 
$14,826,489
 
2,301
 
$218,678,592
 
2,173
 
$1,684,040,776
 
503
 
$16,985,277
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Job trends for Religious organizations

Employees per organizationNumber of organizations
0
 
8,661
1-10
 
5,661
11-25
 
1,313
26-100
 
912
101 to 1,000
 
463
1,000+
 
38
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Sizes of religious organizations

Revenues per organizationNumber of organizations
< $250k
 
23,436
$250k to $1M
 
5,468
$1M to $5M
 
2,116
$5M to $25M
 
671
$25M to $100M
 
125
$100M+
 
54
Key takeaways for revenue stats:

Directory of religious organizations


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Methodology: Cause IQ mines all tax-exempt organizations that file a Form 990 or 990PF with the IRS. We exclude Form 990EZ and Postcard filers, which are high in number but very small in size. We collect and aggregate this information from OCR'd paper taxreturns, XML e-file taxreturns, IRS-provided extract, the Business Master File, and Cause IQ secret sauce for data cleaning, categorization, classification, analytics, etc.
This category corresponds to the "X00: Religion: General" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.