RELIGION: New High

Church membership in the U.S. reached a record 100,162,529 in 1955—a gain of 2,679,918 over the previous year—according to the Yearbook of American Churches. Thus 60.9% of U.S. citizens are now affiliated with religious bodies as compared with 57% in 1950, 36% in 1900. Denominational breakdown: 58,448,567 Protestants, 33,396,647 Roman Catholics, 5,500,000 Jews, 2.386,945 Eastern Orthodox, 367,370 Old Catholics and Polish National Catholics, and 63,000 Buddhists.

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