I had a door-to-door visit from two JWs yesterday morning. The first in a long time (with the exception of the obligatory Memorial invite). I live in a fairly small town, but these two, I did not recognize. They began with the usual, "We wanted to share a scripture" routine, but I stopped them quickly by asking which KH they were from. "Have you been to the KH?" the older one asked me. Yes, I told her, I have been to a few meetings (27 years worth). Then she told me that they were from a neighboring congregation and were there 'helping out' the local cong. It seems that they are having trouble getting their territory covered, so had to call for assistance.
As I said, this is a smallish town, less than 20,000 pop., with 2 congregations. It has seen a large housing development built in the last couple of years though.
The numbers at the KH were dropping when I left five years ago. It must be even thinner now. Looks like my town is about to become territory "where the need is greater". I almost never see JWs on the streets anymore.
There was a time about ten or twelve years ago, when the local group was standing room only, if you didn't get there early. Sunday attendance was oftern pushing 200. When I left five years ago, the average attendance was around 75, and they were all on antidepressants. I wonder what it is down to now.