Number of Catholics, Annual Adult Baptisms, Churches, Chapels, Western
Missionaries and Local Missionaries in Hong Kong from 1842 to 1895

The following table is compiled mainly from the information provided by the Comparative tables of statistics at the HKCDA and supplemented by other sources. However, one should note that statistics here are seldom backed up by scientific census. The number of Catholics was often the result of estimations by various missionaries. One way of obtaining the number was to subtract the number of deaths from the number of baptized Catholics.

Year Catholics Adult Baptism Church Chapel Western Miss. Local Miss.
1842

925

NA NA 1 3 2
1843 NA NA 1 NA 3 1
1844 700 28 1 NA 3 1
1845 1,360 12 1 NA 3 1
1851 1,600 1,000 or 14 1 4 4 1
1852 1,898 50 1 4 3 2
1855 1,697 19 1 3 3 1
1867 4,100 NA NA NA 8 5
1869 4,000 NA 2 14 5 4
1870

4,360

82 2 16 5 4
1872 4,520 203 3 16 5 4
1875 5,250 143 2 28 9 5
1876 5,360 108 3 28 8 5
1877 5,500 86 4 28 9 5
1878 5,600 92 4 29 9 5
1879 5,820 165 4 30 9 5
1880 5,970 152 4 31 9 5
1881 6,170 160 4 33 6 5
1882 6,270 170 4 33 6 4
1883 6,470 161 4 33 6 4
1884 6,600 110 4 33 6 3
1885 6,710 86 4 34 6 3
1886 6,800 72 4 34 7 5
1887 6,850 79 4 34 7 5
1888 6,900 64 4 34 7 5
1889 7,020 128 4 34 8 5
1895 8,315 144 4 37 11 7


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