Research & Statistics

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 licensed 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.

Keep up to date with the latest news via the Research & Statistics twitter feed, @cofestats

To see the interactive Church of England parish maps, with summary deprivation and census statistics mapped onto parish boundaries, click the image below. The map also shows parish, benefice, deanery, archdeaconry, diocese, and lower super output area (LSOA) boundaries, and school locations.

Diocese map

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

The annual Statistics for Mission returns include information about Church of England attendance and numbers of baptisms, marriages, and funerals.

Latest publication (October 2016): Statistics for Mission 2015

Next publication: Statistics for Mission 2016 (due Autumn 2017)

Finance Statistics

The annual Finance returns provide financial information reported by Church of England parishes.

Latest publication (Sept 2016)Finance Statistics 2014

Next publication: Finance Statistics 2015 (due Autumn 2017)

Ministry statistics

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 2016) Ministry Statistics 2012-15

Next publication: Ministry Statistics 2016 (due Autumn 2017)

Cathedral Statistics

The annual Cathedral Statistics returns provide information about attendance and activities at the Church of England's Cathedrals.

Latest publication (Sept 2016)Cathedral Statistics 2015

Next publication: Cathedral Statistics 2016 (due Autumn 2017)

Chapel Statistics

A study of chaplaincy at Cambridge, Durham, and Oxford universities is currently underway.

Chapel Statistics 2012 contains information provided by chaplains across Cambridge University. The results of the exercise have also been summarised in the aggregate report.

A similar exercise was carried out in 2013 among the chapels of Oxford University and the results are reported here.


Earlier publications can be found in the Publications, Resources, and Data Archive.