The Research & Statistics unit collects, analyses,
and publishes data relating to a wide range of aspects of the
Church of England. These include annual attendance and finance
statistics, information about licenced ministers, and the
activities of Cathedrals and chapels.
We use data from the national census and other government
statistics to provide parish-level information for the Church of
England's 12,600 parishes. Publications and data can be accessed by
following the links below and on the left.
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Statistics unit twitter feed,
New: Church of England parish maps, with summary
deprivation and census statistics mapped onto parish boundaries.
Dioceses of the Church of England
Parish deprivation data can be explored in more detail in the Church Urban Fund's poverty lookup tool (data
provided by the Research & Statistics unit).
Key areas of research
Statistics for Mission
annual Statistics for Mission returns provide information about
Church of England attendance and occasional offices.
Latest publication (Jan
2016): Statistics for
Statistics for Mission 2015 (due autumn 2016)
annual Finance returns provide financial information reported
by Church of England parishes.
Latest publication: Finance Statistics
Next publication: Finance
Statistics 2014 (due July 2016; postponed until 9th September
Ministry statistics provide a wide range of information about
licensed ministers in the Church of England. These statistics
reflect the changing patterns of ministry over the past decade.
Latest publication (June
Ministry Statistics 2012-15
Next publication: Ministry
Statistics 2016 (due summer 2017)
annual Cathedral Statistics returns provide information about
attendance and activities at the Church of England's
Latest publication (Aug
Cathedral Statistics 2014
Next publication: Cathedral
Statistics 2015 (due September 2016)
Statistics 2012 contains information provided by chaplains
across Cambridge University. The results of the exercise have also
been summarised in the aggregate
A similar exercise was carried out in 2013 among the
chapels of Oxford University and the results are reported
Earlier publications can be found in the Publications, Resources, and