POPULATION OF BELIZE BY RELIGION:  1970 – 2000
Produced by Clifton L. Holland, Director of PROLADES
25 March 2008

 

TRADITION – FAMILY – DENOMINATION

1970
CENSUS

%

1980
CENSUS

%

1991
CENSUS

%

2000
CENSUS

%

ROMAN CATHOLIC

77,421

64.6%

88,587

61.9%

106,596

57.7

115,035

49.6

PROTESTANT

33,385

27.8

50,727

34.9

63,360

34.3

83,096

35.8

Liturgical Tradition

18,283

14.7

16,894

11.8

12,836

6.9

12,386

5.3

Anglican

17,783

14.3

16,894

11.8

12,836

6.9

12,386

5.3

All Presbyterians (two denominations)

500

.4

?

 

?

 

?

 

Free Church or Separatist Tradition

15,819

9.0

20,059

14.1

24,568

13.3

36,906

15.9

All Methodists

10,700

8.9

8,632

6.0

7,805

4.2

8,024

3.5

Moravian

13

.01

1,650

1.2

?

 

?

 

All Baptists

826

.7

1,228

.9

272

0.1

8,077

3.5

Christian Brethren

240

.2

?

 

?

 

?

 

Church of the Nazarene

 

 

1,598

1.1

4,631

2.5

6.117

2.6

Mennonite (all groups)

3,300

2.8

5,647

3.9

7,430

4.0

9,497

4.1

Other Christian (AMEZ, Nazarene, GMU, Salvation Army, Christian Brethren, Moravian, etc., for some dates)

740

.6

1,304

.9

4,600

2.5

9,749

4.2

Adventist

2,519

2.1

4,201

3.0

7,594

4.1

12,160

5.2

Pentecostal Tradition (all groups)

783

.6

4,342

3.1

11,660

6.3

17,189

7.4

Pentecostal (partial statistics)

389

.3

3,237

2.3

 

 

 

 

Church of God (several groups)

414

.3

1,105

.8

 

 

 

 

TOTAL OTHER, NOT STATED AND NONE

9,129

7.6

12,207

4.2

17,364

9.4

33,888

14.6

OTHER RELIGIONS (included under NOT STATED below in 1970)

 

 

3,342

1.2

6,316

3.4

10,677

4.6

Bahai

 

 

 

 

268

 

205

 

Chinese religions (Ancestor Worship, Buddhism, Taoism)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Orthodox (Middle Easterners)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garífuna religion (Garínagu)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hinduism (East Indians)

 

 

106

.1

?

 

367

 

Islam / Muslim (includes Black Muslim)

 

 

110

.1

159

0.1

243

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses

 

 

1,459

1.0

2,608

1.4

3,366

1.5

Judaism

1,100

.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latter-day Saints / Mormons

 

 

 

 

612

0.3

928

0.4

Mayan religions (Kekchí and Maya) - Animism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ObeahMyalismVoudun (Creoles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rastafarian (Creoles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catholic Popular Religiosity (Mestizos)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOT STATED (and NONE in 1970)

9,129

7.6

4,138

2.9

 

 

 

 

NONE / NOT REPORTED

 

 

1,757

1.2

11,025

6.0

23,162

10.0

TOTALS (enumerated population)

119,645

100%

142,847

100%

184,722

100%

232,111

100%

TOTALS (estimated population)

119,935

100%

145,353

100%

192,877

100%

240,204

100%

 

  Notes:

(1)     The determination of which groups belong in the “Protestant” category was made by PROLADES based on information provided by the respective national census, and the statistics for the category of “Other” were modified accordingly.

(2)     The data missing from the respective columns is due to a lack of information provided by the Census department; we have listed all known religious groups in Belize but without the respective statistical information, which is unknown at this time.

(3)     In the 2000 Census, the TOTAL OTHER, NOT STATED AND NONE is given as 14.6%, but some of the religious groups assigned to this category by the Census department probably belong to our definition of “Protestant” if the details were known.

 

   Sources:
   (1)  Table D-11, “Population by Religion:  1960, 1970 and 1980,” page 37 of 1980-1981 Population Census of the Commonwealth Caribbean:  Belize.
                Volume 3.  Port of Spain, Trinidad: CARICOM, 1985.
   (2)  1991 Census data is included in the document Population Census 2000 – Major Findings:  http://www.statisticsbelize.org.bz/dms20uc/dm_tree.asp?pid=5
   (3)  Belize Housing and Population Census, 2000; Statistical Institute of Belize website:
                http://celade.cepal.org/cgibin/RpWebEngine.exe/PortalAction?&MODE=MAIN&BASE=CPVBLZ2000&MAIN=WebServerMain.inl
   (4)  Population Census 2000 – Major Findings:  http://www.statisticsbelize.org.bz/dms20uc/dm_tree.asp?pid=5