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Prince Hall Affiliation (PHA) Membership Statistics


2003 PHACGM Directory + other sources


GL LODG MEMBER MEM/L %of PHA


AL  590 22575  38.26 12.722

AK    5   170  34.00  0.096

ab    4    48  12.00  0.027

AZ   10   221  22.10  0.125

AR   87  2807  32.26  1.582

bs   27   873  32.33  0.492

CA   66  5000  75.76  2.818

cb   10   300  30.00  0.169

CO   16   830  51.88  0.468

CT   17  1250  73.53  0.704

DE   14   660  47.14  0.372

DC   25  3186 127.44  1.795  

FL  170  3015  17.74  1.699

GA  193 10107  52.37  5.696

HI    4   170  42.50  0.096

IL   75  4200  56.00  2.367

IN   35  1500  42.86  0.845  (M:est)

IA    7   225  32.14  0.127

KS   38  1123  29.55  0.633

KY   54  1472  27.26  0.830

lr   13   800  61.54  0.451  (2008 report)

LA  163  7000  42.94  3.945

MD   91  4875  53.57  2.747

MA   27  1108  41.04  0.624

MI   46  2900  63.04  1.634

MN    9   400  44.44  0.225

MS  357 17910  50.17 10.093

MO   62  2549  41.11  1.436

NE    8   250  31.25  0.141

NV    6   135  22.50  0.076

NJ   52  2994  57.58  1.687

NM   10   167  16.70  0.094

NY   74  6600  89.19  3.719

NC  325 18000  55.38 10.144

OH   60  4497  74.95  2.534

OK  107  4000  37.38  2.254

on   11   350  31.82  0.197

OR    6    95  15.83  0.054

PA  103  6450  62.62  3.635

RI    4   145  36.25  0.082

SC  306 13888  45.39  7.826

TN  161  6500  40.37  3.663

TX  207  7000  33.82  3.945

VA  177  6850  38.70  3.860

WA   65  1185  18.23  0.668

WV   24   498  20.75  0.281

WI   11   571  51.91  0.322

   3932 177449 45.13 100 TOTAL


Unrecognized 2008.09.19:


AL  590 22575  38.26 12.722

ab    4    48  12.00  0.027

AR   87  2807  32.26  1.582

FL  170  3015  17.74  1.699

GA  193 10107  52.37  5.696

KY   54  1472  27.26  0.830

LA  163  7000  42.94  3.945

MS  357 17910  50.17 10.093

SC  306 13888  45.39  7.826

TN  161  6500  40.37  3.663

WV   24   498  20.75  0.281

   2109 85820        48.4% TOTAL Unrecognized



1997-2003 Comparison and 2009 Estimate


Overall reported loss: (210630-177449) 33181 = 16% = 2.8% p.a. cum.


Some large GLs provided no 2003 updates, while other GLs reported losses up to 60%:


No change from 1997 reported:  NC GA MS TN MI MO AK HI

Major losses reported:  AL VA TX FL OK DC WA (60%) KY MN AZ RI OR AB


The top 10 GLs which submitted updates in 2003 (AL SC LA TX VA NY PA CA DC FL) reported a combined loss of 24% or 4.4% p.a.  This compares with an apparent loss of 16% or 2.8% p.a., if one fails to note the non-updates.  Applying the (best estimate) loss of 24% to the overall total, we obtain:


 ----- PHA Membership Totals -----

YEAR REPORTED  ESTIMATED

 ------    --------------      ----------

1930                           750000

1940                           500000

1963                           565000

1978                           300000

1994       [ 300000                            cited in UGLE BGP report ]

1997         210630

2003         177449     160000

2009                          122000     


(In 2006, a PHA Grand Historian published "over 300,000 Master Masons".)

Half of the 47 PHA Grand Lodges have fewer than 1500 members.

One third of the PHA Grand Lodges have fewer than 500 members.

No US Mainstream Grand Lodge has fewer than 1500 members.

The 4.4% loss per annum compares with a 3% loss reported by the MSANA:

Masonic Membership Statistics

The 2009 (US and Canada) "Mainstream" membership total is below 1,500,000.

The world total, including "Irregular" is below 3,000,000.



1997 PHACGM Directory


30822 593 Alabama

18000 325 North_Carolina

17910 357 Mississippi

16000 306 South_Carolina

10865 208 Virginia

10201 424 Texas

10107 194 Georgia

 7823 169 Louisiana

 7600 107 Pennsylvania

 6500  77 New_York

 6500 199 Florida

 6500 172 Tennessee

 6000 129 Oklahoma

 5650  87 California

 5100  25 District_of_Columbia

 4904  62 Ohio

 4762  98 Maryland

 4500  75 Illinois (m-est)

 3200 118 Arkansas

 3145  52 New_Jersey

 2958  60 Washington

 2900  47 Michigan

 2549  64 Missouri

 2400  67 Kentucky

 2100  37 Indiana

 1500  15 Connecticut

 1392  42 Kansas

 1287  27 Massachusetts

  833  17 Colorado

  800  17 Delaware

  650  11 Wisconsin

  592  25 West_Virginia

  400  14 Minnesota

  313  11 Arizona

  300   7 Iowa (m-est)

  286   8 Nebraska

  280   5 Rhode_Island

  200   5 New_Mexico (m-est l-est)

  170   5 Alaska

  170   4 Hawaii

  165   6 Nevada

  143   8 Oregon

  873   .  bs

  300   .  cb

  400   .  lr [est. from 2008 report]

  80    .  ab

  500   .  on


210630 4279 TOTAL



PHA Membership data: http://tsmr.org/phamem.html

Prince Hall Recognition Information: http://tsmr.org/ph.html

Codes for Provinces , States and Countries ; AUstralia: N Q S T V W.

GL="Grand Lodge" PH="Prince Hall (Grand Lodge)" PHA="Prince Hall Affiliation"

CGMNA="Conference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America"

"CGMNA", "mainstream", and "predominantly white" have similar meanings.

A term such as "PHFL" refers to the Prince Hall (affiliated) Grand Lodge based in Florida.  Its official title, abbreviation, and jurisdiction may differ.


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