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United States

Denominational Groups, 2000

39,994,852 26,091,321 989,106 62,035,042 12,254,099 140,057,419
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational "adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The historically African American denominations are not included in the 2000 congregation and membership totals. Many are also missing in 1990 and most historically African American denominations are missing in the 1980 reports.
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Reports


^ Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 319 33,001 0.2
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 1,790 1,083,442 4.8
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 1,539 215,763 1.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 5,742 1,910,724 8.5
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarean) Evangelical Protestant 41 2,879 0.0
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant 46 7,687 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 21 10,194 0.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 9,382 1,606,501 7.1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 157 31,854 0.1
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 126 14,265 0.1
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 669 148,276 0.7
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1,394 270,526 1.2
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 73 5,828 0.0
Berean Fundamental Church Evangelical Protestant 42 3,520 0.0
Bible Church of Christ, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 4 3,573 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 118 18,290 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 158 17,646 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic 22,277 47,073,283 209.2
Christ Catholic Church Evangelical Protestant 3 123 0.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 1,213 167,961 0.8
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 676 59,940 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 4,245 1,203,714 5.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 5,189 1,119,020 5.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 612 209,838 0.9
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant 107 6,972 0.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 2,170 524,916 2.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 4,851 468,171 2.1
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant 106 3,744 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 74 5,782 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 62 7,431 0.0
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 6,633 2,667,023 11.9
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 1,032 206,360 0.9
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant 92 10,474 0.1
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant 53 7,827 0.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 4,804 880,301 3.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 12,633 1,594,375 7.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 983 220,625 1.0
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 110 26,036 0.1
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 755 88,074 0.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 7,209 2,801,728 12.5
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mainline Protestant 24 8,563 0.0
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant 162 34,035 0.2
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 510 89,275 0.4
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 637 70,590 0.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 10,791 5,366,151 23.9
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 99 19,096 0.1
Evangelical Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 21 4,564 0.0
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant 105 10,139 0.1
Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant 15 2,710 0.0
Fire Baptized Holiness Church, (Wesleyan), The Evangelical Protestant 47 893 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 953 199,290 0.9
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 991 130,858 0.6
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 799 158,699 0.7
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 1,325 118,499 0.5
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 1,481 784,103 3.5
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 49 11,576 0.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 5,653 2,617,860 11.6
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 103 16,279 0.1
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 258 30,916 0.1
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 94 32,498 0.1
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant 52 20,952 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 349 113,057 0.5
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 243 51,091 0.2
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 525 84,108 0.4
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 237 42,493 0.2
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 124 12,426 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 12,615 3,996,572 17.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 669 108,220 0.5
Primitive Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 10 542 0.0
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant 80 11,940 0.1
Protestant Reformed Churches in America Evangelical Protestant 17 4,144 0.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 879 368,829 1.6
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant 66 7,125 0.0
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 1,058 356,011 1.6
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant 84 9,804 0.0
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant 54 5,962 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 3,572 654,216 2.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 35,453 16,213,049 72.1
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 13 23,858 0.1
The Protestant Conference (Lutheran) Evangelical Protestant 5 1,130 0.0
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 21 5,080 0.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 885 154,086 0.7
United Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 11 788 0.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 6,328 2,083,082 9.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 38,409 11,523,241 51.2
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 95 18,479 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 1,109 403,614 1.8
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 224,590 110,718,180  

The population of the United States in 1980 was 225,011,986. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (110,718,180) include 49.2% of the total population in 1980.

Source

The 1980 data were collected by the Glenmary Research Center and includes statistics for 111 Judeo-Christian church bodies, including number of churches and adherents. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1980, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2000 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of approximately 8 (8.1) in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County are Episcopalian.