Denominational distribution of the inhabitants of the city of Mainz
The denominational distribution of the inhabitants of the city of Mainz reflects the development of the city in the religious aspect. But also the historical development is well readable from it.
The city of Mainz was Catholic from the origin of Christian life in it, which can be dated as early as the 2nd century. Since 340 Mainz is proven to be a bishop’s seat, in 780/782 it became the seat of an archbishop. A Jewish community has existed in the city since the second half of the 10th century at the latest. The Reformation, which swept through Mainz in the 16th century, was initially hardly able to gain a foothold in the city; Protestant residents only existed for a short time during the invasions during the Schmalkaldic War and the Thirty Years’ War. It was not until the beginning of the 19th century that the situation changed; since then Protestantism has grown strongly, initially in the form of the Evangelical Regional Church, and later also in the form of various free churches. Other religious communities have also joined in; in this context, particular reference should be made to Islam in its various forms, which has gained considerable weight since the second half of the 20th century.
More details can be found under religious history in the main article about the city.
Statistics since 1800
|Denominational or religious affiliations in Mainz|
|Year||Total||Catholics||in %||Protestants||in %||Jews||in %||none /
not specified /
|1998||200.934||86.727||43,2||52.866||26,3||k. A.||k. A.||61.341||30,5|
|1999||199.047||84.497||42,5||52.157||26,2||k. A.||k. A.||62.393||31,3|
|2000||198.055||82.990||41,9||51.668||26,1||k. A.||k. A.||63.397||32,0|
|2001||199.959||82.473||41,2||51.397||25,7||k. A.||k. A.||66.089||33,1|
|2002||202.441||82.227||40,6||51.506||25,4||k. A.||k. A.||68.708||33,9|
|2003||203.794||81.792||40,1||51.234||25,1||k. A.||k. A.||70.768||34,7|
|2004||202.563||80.423||39,7||50.543||25,0||k. A.||k. A.||71.597||35,3|
|2005||197.041||77.673||39,4||48.471||24,6||k. A.||k. A.||70.897||36,0|
|2006||198.501||77.641||39,1||48.529||24,4||k. A.||k. A.||72.331||36,4|
|2007||200.133||77.398||38,7||48.481||24,2||k. A.||k. A.||74.254||37,1|
|2008||199.183||76.378||38,3||47.905||24,1||k. A.||k. A.||74.900||37,6|
|2009||199.752||75.827||38,0||47.905||24,0||k. A.||k. A.||76.020||38,1|
|2010||201.425||75.349||37,4||47.888||23,8||k. A.||k. A.||78.188||38,8|
|2011||203.041||75.084||37,0||47.623||23,5||k. A.||k. A.||80.334||39,6|
|2012||204.846||74.774||36,5||47.372||23,1||k. A.||k. A.||82.700||40,4|
|2013||206.628||74.164||35,9||46.801||22,6||k. A.||k. A.||85.663||41,5|
|2014||209.402||73.671||35,2||46.257||22,1||k. A.||k. A.||89.475||42,7|
|2015||||73.333||34,5||45.666||21,5||k. A.||k. A.||93.349||44,0|
|2016||72.930||33,7||45.362||21,0||k. A.||k. A.||97.802||45,3|
|2017||72.251||33,2||45.006||20,7||k. A.||k. A.||100.585||46,2|
|2018||70.591||32,5||43.974||20,3||k. A.||k. A.||.||47,2|
|2019||218.353||69.347||31,8||43.517||19,9||k. A.||k. A.||.||48,3|
|2020||217.017||66.944||30,8||42.421||19,5||k. A.||k. A.||107.652||49,6 |
k. A. = no information available in source, number of members of the Jewish community included in the category none / no information / other (see below).
Data on the municipalities whose members are listed under no information or others
The following numbers of members may, in addition, be mentioned for the following congregations[Note 1]:
- o. J.: Bahá’ís have been living in Mainzsince the seventies. Today the community in Mainz has members from 12 nations, about 50 people, from toddlers to pensioners, all generations are represented.
- o. J.: approx. 200 worshipers, plus 60 children
- Evangelical Free Church congregation (Baptists)
- Free Evangelical Congregation
- o. J.: ca. 170
- Jewish community (For data from 1800 – 1997 see above)
- before 1096 and before 1349: each over 1,000
- In the 15th century there were several expulsions (1438, 1462, 1471 and finally 1483).
- In1410 there were about 20 Jewish households, in 1432 14.
- 1460: about 110 to 120
- 2005: approx. 1000
- 2012: 1027
- New Apostolic Church:
No membership figures are known for the following congregations and communities:
- Buddhist Centre Mainz
- Christian Community: the congregation existed at least since 1938. The small congregation was dissolved in March 2016.
- Free Baptist Church of Mainz, founded in 2020.
- Freireligiöse Gemeinde Mainz (since 1847)
- Jehovah’s Witnesses (Six congregations, two of which are non-German-speaking)
- Population development of Mainz
- Mainz – The History of the City; ed.: Franz Dumont, Ferdinand Scherf, Friedrich Schütz; 2nd ed.; Verlag Philipp von Zabern, Mainz 1999
- These are membership figures for congregations based in Mainz. Not all of these members must also be registered in Mainz, just as persons registered in Mainz can also maintain their membership in another congregation of the corresponding religious community or in a religious community that is not represented in Mainz itself.
- Statistical information on urban development(Memento of 4 January 2015 in the Internet Archive), retrieved on 1 February 2015
- Mainz Statistical Information 2017 Table 1.10 Retrieved 1 July 2019
- Urban Development Statistical Information 2018 Table 1.10 Resident population by religious affiliation since 1980, retrieved January 21, 2020
- City of Mainz Municipal Statistics Religious Affiliation Cut-off date: 31.12.2018, retrieved on 14 February 2021
- Stadt Mainz Gemeindedestatistik Religionszugehörigkeit Stichtag: 31.12.2019, retrieved on Jan. 21, 2020
- City of Mainz Municipal Statistics Religious Affiliation Reporting date: 31.12.2020, retrieved on 2 January 2021
- Who we are, on mainz.bahai.de, read on 23 July 2020; in 2018 no corresponding information could be found, cf. Herzlich willkommen auf der Homepage der Mainzer Bahá’í Gemeinde(Memento vom 20. März 2018 im Internet Archive), on mainz.bahai.de, read on 19 March 2018.
- Worship.Retrieved 15 March 2018.
- Data for 1886 – 1967: Chronicle of the congregation of Mainz, in: Festschrift zur Einweihung der Kreuzkirche. 13. September 1998, Mainz o. J. , S. 8–11
- 2009 and 2011: http://www.baptisten-mainz.de/?s=statistik, read September 4, 2011, no longer accessible on March 18, 2018.
- Yearbook of the Federation of Evangelical Free Churches 2017/18, p. 132.
- General information about the Free Evangelical Church. Retrieved February 15, 2021. , from feg-mainz.de
- Belonging to Islam is not necessarily linked to formal membership in a mosque association or the like
- Muslims in Mainz(Memento of 19 July 2011 in the Internet Archive), on philippus-mainz.de, read 4 September 2011
- Mosques in Mainz, on .moscheesuche.de,read on 20 March 2018. 11 mosques are listed here, including one in the Wiesbaden district of Mainz-Kostheim.
- On the history of the Jewish community, at alemannia-judaica.de, read on 27 February 2018.
- For 1897-1966 according to New Apostolic Church District Mainz(Memento of 30 August 2011 in the Internet Archive), on nac-mgemnowa.org, retrieved 4 September 2011
- A small portrait of our community(Memento of March 22, 2019 in the Internet Archive), on nak-bezirk-mainz.de, read at March 19, 2018.
- Welcome to the municipality of Mainz-Kostheim(Memento of March 22, 2019 in the Internet Archive), on nak-bezirk-mainz.de, retrieved March 19, 2018.
- Buddhist Centre Mainz-Wiesbaden, on diamantweg-buddhismus.de, retrieved 15 February 2021
- Claudia Becker, Attempts at religious renewal in modernity using the example of the Protestant theologian Friedrich Rittelmeyer (1872-1938), Diss., Berlin 2001, p. 250 note 1535.
- Information from the Regions. Events – Finances – Plans, , No. 73, Michaelmas 2016, p. 1, on 25 March 2018., at christengemeenschap.nl
- Cf. https://freiebaptisten-mainz. de/, accessed April 18, 2021. The church is affiliated with the Conference for Church Planting, cf. https://kfg. org/gemeinden/freie-baptisten-gemeinde-mainz/, accessed April 19, 2021.
- Cf. https://mainz. de/verzeichnisse/vereinsverzeichnis/freie-baptistengemeinde-mainz-e.v.vereine.php, read on 19 April 2021.
- Freireligiöse Gemeinde Mainz, on fgmz.de, read 19 March 2018.
- Jehovah’s Witnesses Mainz, on mainz.de, read 19 March 2018.