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    Posted: March/18/2015 at 3:35pm
It is interesting to see the percentage variation between states.


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I assume this is the the percentage of the male population of each respective state that are Freemasons? If so, Maine has the highest percentage with a whopping 1.40% Yea us!
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Originally posted by Adept? Adept? wrote:

I assume this is the the percentage of the male population of each respective state that are Freemasons? If so, Maine has the highest percentage with a whopping 1.40% Yea us!

It actually is total population, but the U S Male population is slightly less than 50% of total population, so you could just double it and get a pretty close approximation of the per cent of the male population, but I have updated it with the actual male population estimate for each State:


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If you would like the details for one state, here's Arkansas for the past 20 years or so...

  1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
# Lodges on the Roll                340                336                334                332                330                326                321                318                314                310                306                304                304                301                296                284                278                268                260                253                244                243                238                230
Petitions Received                761                764                699                667                701                740                664                684                575                578                599                533                424                432                474                612                544                553                677                635                537                461                399                330
Candidates Elected                689                702                643                637                668                686                610                635                505                521                531                512                382                377                408                398                319                356                433                410                382                297                223                200
Initiated                553                595                499                492                517                515                482                513                478                498                480                458                357                361                377                370                304                358                461                456                370                334                260                254
Passed                409                446                388                394                414                386                355                328                340                304                322                325                250                257                242                246                222                219                309                292                258                221                172                160
Raised                392                392                377                375                455                368                356                301                336                270                311                319                269                225                238                256                221                262                296                295                275                218                165                172
Affiliated                325                251                357                397                416                340                391                317                268                283                258                236                235                211                200                179                151                123                  81                  26                  86                159                137                120
Reinstated                239                229                202                317                333                223                223                206                197                200                245                183                138                151                118                  94                  98                103                131                115                106                  82                104                184
Demitted                 100                105                120                197                187                  74                  94                121                122                  99                155                  72                  82                  56                  54                  61                  57                  73                110                126                  84                  87                  95                  57
Deaths            1,110            1,038            1,074            1,077            1,080            1,017            1,044                984            1,028            1,071                957                985                855                766                831                674                590                638                730                682                635                610                622                584
Suspended NPD                729                841                892                880                660                644                627                406                359                823                547                501                511                438                471                355                316                188                419                355                204                331                403                245
Suspended, Un-Masonic Conduct                     5                     2                     5                     6                  12                     2                     3                   -                       2                     1                     2                     1                     3                     7                     4                     2                     2                     2                     1                     7                   -                    17                    3                  12
Expelled                     1                   -                       2                     2                     4                  11                  10                     7                  10                  14                  18                     3                  10                  13                  13                  10                  11                  17                  17                  19                    6                  22                  24                  43
Individual Membership              28,918          27,761          26,688          25,945          28,152          25,749          26,856          23,697          22,682          21,707          20,791          19,278          18,626          17,699          17,082          16,524          16,094          15,027          14,429          12,005          13,042          12,665            9,952
Dues Paying Members (plural)          35,598          33,305          32,073          30,957          30,096          30,129          29,173          28,152          27,187          26,126          25,204          24,243          23,315          22,622          21,625          20,940          20,342          19,003          18,896          18,336          17,714          16,966          16,183          15,490
Net Gain/Loss for Year                989            1,114            1,157            1,073                743                817                808                694                719            1,255                865                824                819                693                817                573                506                430                755                751                461                589                741                565
Plural Members - In-State            4,387            4,312            4,269            4,151          10,775          11,060            3,675            2,589            3,481            2,497            3,452            3,457            3,429            3,357            3,307            2,293            2,469            3,403            3,479            3,474            3,572            3,518            3,482
Plural Members - Out-of State            1,380            1,353            1,334            1,297                354                353                596                587                588                593                586                580                567                569                551                525                541                466                428                399                352                312                283
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Thanks for the info on Arkansas, I have been trying to find detailed data on membership gains and losses but have not been able to do so.

Here are some charts that provide an analysis of the data:

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Here is a comparison of the year that Masonic Membership peaked (1959) with 2013, the most recent year data is available:



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Thanks for the number and charts on Arkansas. I wonder what caused the big spike for NPD around 2000,2001. I have known for years that PA was always had a large number of Masons and we still continue to be the largest Masonic juridiction. Does anybody know why that is?
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I would like to know what is Penn's secret as well. I lived in Philadelphia (suburbs) in 2000, and I got married just across the river in New Jersey. I visited many Penn lodges, and I found them all to be terrific. And in Philadelphia, I visited the Tall Cedars of Lebanon several times, they had a breakfast fund-raiser on Sunday mornings and I would stop off on the way to church.

One custom that (some)Penn lodges have, is that many lodges have a "souvenir". Every year (some of) the lodges will purchase a coffee cup with the lodge name on it, and have several hundred made. Each visitor is given one for free. Some lodges will have a souvenir plate or a souvenir mug made up with the lodge name on it. The items are given free to each visitor.
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2000-2001 was the year the Shrine dropped the requirement for being a 32nd degree Scottish Rite or Knight Templar for their membership.  Lots of hard feelings, and folks dropping off for awhile...

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QUOTE=log cabin Bill]Thanks for the number and charts on Arkansas. I wonder what caused the big spike for NPD around 2000,2001. I have known for years that PA was always had a large number of Masons and we still continue to be the largest Masonic juridiction. Does anybody know why that is? [/QUOTE]

Pennsylvania is the sixth largest state population wise which which of course means they have a larger number of potential members, and they also have the sixth largest % of members out of that population. 

In addition since 2002 (the oldest year MSANA has data available on their site) their % of loss has been less than the National average so their ability to retain members and/or bring in new members has exceeded the national average.

As far as what variables go into the lower loss %, I have no idea and doubt anybody can pin point specific causes due to the complexity of those variables.




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Here are the loss statistics for states for the period 2002-2013 sorted low to high %:




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There is something that I cannot understand, and I wish someone would explain to me, like I was a 4-year-old.

Why do most Masons look at the drop in membership, and conclude that everything in Masonry is just fine?
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Originally posted by cemab4y cemab4y wrote:

There is something that I cannot understand, and I wish someone would explain to me, like I was a 4-year-old.

Why do most Masons look at the drop in membership, and conclude that everything in Masonry is just fine?

What I do not understand is why you assume that the decline in membership is due to what you perceive to be wrong with Freemasonry and most Masons, rather than face the reality that the decline in membership is driven by shifting demographics and major cultural and societal changes that began in the late 1950s.  There are certain fundamental characteristics and beliefs that someone must hold before Freemasonry will attract them (Where were you first prepared to be made a Mason?)  We do not proselytize, a man must come of his on free will and accord.


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Gentleman, I will ask that you kindly not begin this same debate in this new topic. It has been debated back and forth, and at length in the "what would you like to see changed or improved" thread. Let us please remain on the topic of statistical data. If you wish to debate further please do so via private message
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I wonder if population density impacts the level of involvement?   In other words, is there a "critical mass" or a "tipping point" proportion within the population?

As demographics shift and change over the years in a state, it may also affect the numbers. So if a state is losing/gaining males of a certain age range, they may also be losing/gaining those people as potential members. Just a thought
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Utah, the smallest constitution in the continental US (and possibly the smallest in the US due to dual memberships), has the smallest percentage change.
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To what do you attribute this fact? I believe it is because the majority of men in the Beehive State, are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Although the Mormon church has no objection to men participating in Masonry (Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Brigham Young, and many of the early church men were Masons), the LDS church takes a great deal of a man's discretionary time.
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I don't think the majority religious faith has anything to do with the Utah fraternity having the smallest change.
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