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Membership Statistics

Membership counts have been taken at different times during the year. Figures for 1885 to 1964 are from each year's printed list of members. Figures from 1965 to 1974 are from a count of the membership in the spring of each year. Figures for 1975 to the present are the final counts from the end of the membership year.

Year Membership
2013 27,736 Geographic Distribution 
2012 28,563 Geographic Distribution 
2011 28,931 Geographic Distribution 
2010 30,449 Geographic Distribution 
2009 30,580
2008 30,809
2007 29,621
2006 29,757
2005 30,149
2004 30,271
2003 29,325
2002 29,572
2001 30,041
2000 29,897
1999 30,692
1998 31,208
1997 30,710
1996 31,568
1995 31,864
1994 31,864
1993 31,802
1992 32,157
1991 30,626
1990 29,250
1989 27,267
1988 25,759
1987 24,744
1986 23,295
1985 23,295
1984 23,700
1983 24,023
1982 23,944
1981 24,101
1980 24,423
1979 25,902
1978 25,563
1977 25,805
1976 25,567
1975 26,322
1974 30,530
1973 30,247
1972 30,158
1971 30,095
1970 31,356
1969 30,079
1968 29,568
1967 26,148
1966 24,125
1965 22,100
1964 19,172
1963 16,490
1962 14,122
1961 13,300
1960 11,800
1959 10,628
1958 9,862
1957 8,990
1956 9,239
1955 8,453
1954 7,352
1953 7,402
1952 7,040
1951 6,932
1950 6,515
1949 6,191
1948 6,281
1947 5,541
1946 4,991
1945 4,173
1944 3,866
1943 3,703
1942 3,954
1941 4,309
1940 4,460
1939 4,374
1938 4,598
1937 4,373
1936 4,120
1935 3,910
1934 3,764
1933 3,796
1932 4,132
1931 4,267
1930 4,055
1929 3,595
1928 3,626
1927 3,646
1926 3,578
1925 2,948
1924 2,948
1923 2,452
1922 2,095
1921 1,871
1920 1,631
1919 1,490
1918 1,472
1917 1,473
1916 1,409
1915 1,304
1914 1,232
1913 1,183
1912 1,160
1911 1,047
1910 997
1909 950
1908 871
1907 871
1906 848
1905 775
1904 708
1903 650
1902 638
1901 599
1900 551
1899 538
1898 509
1897 502
1896 462
1895 432
1894 405
1893 392
1892 367
1891 363
1890 321
1889 280
1888 *
1887 269
1886 234
1885 184
1884 126
1883 *


* No membership count available for this year.

 

 
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