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Denominational Groups, 2000

1,804,961 437,296 3,000 150,647 39,469 2,011,727
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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Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Advent Christian ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
African Methodist Episcopal Zion ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
American Baptist Association, TheEvangelical Protestant366,2861.4
American Baptist Churches in the USAMainline Protestant38,3041.9
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, TheOrthodox100.0
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc.Evangelical Protestant1900.0
Assemblies of GodEvangelical Protestant36759,97013.5
Associate Reformed Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant83880.1
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, TheEvangelical Protestant1600.0
Bahá'íOther Theology91,4230.3
Baptist Missionary Association of AmericaEvangelical Protestant172,1060.5
Beachy Amish Mennonite ChurchesEvangelical Protestant2660.0
Black Baptists EstimateEvangelical Protestant------
BuddhismOther Theology7----
Calvary Chapel Fellowship ChurchesEvangelical Protestant2----
Catholic ChurchCatholic168150,64733.9
Christian and Missionary Alliance, TheEvangelical Protestant191,1500.3
Christian BrethrenEvangelical Protestant------
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Mainline Protestant569,5722.2
Christian Churches and Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant303,9720.9
Christian UnionEvangelical Protestant2500.0
Church of Christ, ScientistOther Theology------
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)Evangelical Protestant684,0820.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Evangelical Protestant38668,76615.5
Church of God (Seventh Day)Evangelical Protestant------
Church of God in Christ, MennoniteEvangelical Protestant24050.1
Church of God of ProphecyEvangelical Protestant883,9080.9
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, TheOther Theology6920,3974.6
Church of the BrethrenEvangelical Protestant53050.1
Church of the NazareneEvangelical Protestant12313,6353.1
Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant895119,04926.8
Churches of God, General ConferenceEvangelical Protestant------
Community of ChristEvangelical Protestant172,0830.5
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body)Mainline Protestant1610.0
Conservative Baptist Association of AmericaEvangelical Protestant1150.0
Coptic Orthodox ChurchOrthodox2----
Cumberland Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant616,5901.5
Duck River and Kindred Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant263,8960.9
Episcopal ChurchMainline Protestant11845,04110.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, TheEvangelical Protestant32730.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, TheEvangelical Protestant35250.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaMainline Protestant245,3461.2
Evangelical Methodist ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
Evangelical Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant22180.0
Free Methodist Church of North AmericaEvangelical Protestant51660.0
Friends (Quakers)Mainline Protestant21590.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of AmericaOrthodox42,7960.6
HinduOther Theology3----
Independent Free Will Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant31540.0
Independent Fundamental Churches of AmericaEvangelical Protestant------
Independent, Charismatic ChurchesEvangelical Protestant146,4301.4
Independent, Non-Charismatic ChurchesEvangelical Protestant147,3191.6
International Church of the Foursquare GospelEvangelical Protestant61,2000.3
International Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant11690.0
International Council of Community ChurchesMainline Protestant102,4420.5
International Pentecostal Holiness ChurchEvangelical Protestant424,6011.0
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists AssociationEvangelical Protestant71,1750.3
Jewish EstimateOther Theology189,1002.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri SynodEvangelical Protestant6311,4882.6
Mennonite Church USAEvangelical Protestant1550.0
Mennonite; Other GroupsEvangelical Protestant145870.1
Muslim EstimateOther Theology207,6701.7
National Association of Congregational Christian ChurchesMainline Protestant52300.1
National Association of Free Will BaptistsEvangelical Protestant16523,7165.3
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USAEvangelical Protestant11316,9843.8
New Hope Baptist AssociationEvangelical Protestant------
Old Missionary Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant294,3241.0
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial DiocesesOrthodox32040.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, TheEvangelical Protestant2610.0
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USAOrthodox1----
Pentecostal Church of GodEvangelical Protestant52850.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)Mainline Protestant15834,5517.8
Presbyterian Church in AmericaEvangelical Protestant10824,0205.4
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old LineEvangelical Protestant147----
Primitive Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant------
Progressive Primitive BaptistsEvangelical Protestant65300.1
Reformed Baptist ChurchesEvangelical Protestant3----
Reformed Church in AmericaMainline Protestant------
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of RussiaOrthodox1----
Salvation Army, TheEvangelical Protestant152,4680.6
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and CanadaEvangelical Protestant------
Seventh-day Adventist ChurchEvangelical Protestant8016,7923.8
SikhOther Theology1----
Southern Baptist ConventionEvangelical Protestant3,1481,380,121310.3
Southwide Baptist FellowshipEvangelical Protestant20----
Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian BaptistsEvangelical Protestant140.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of CongregationsOther Theology98790.2
United Church of ChristMainline Protestant233,4120.8
United Methodist Church, TheMainline Protestant1,416327,73473.7
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community ChurchesMainline Protestant64440.1
Vineyard USAEvangelical Protestant131,9020.4
Wesleyan Church, TheEvangelical Protestant122,3120.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran SynodEvangelical Protestant32100.0
Totals (Unadjusted)*:   8,343 2,435,373  
Total (Adjusted)**:     3,307,454  

The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 4,040,587; in 2000 it was 4,447,100. The total population changed 10.1%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,435,373) include 54.8% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (3,307,454) include 74.4% of the population.


*The “Unadjusted Totals” come from the 1990 and 2000 data collected by representatives of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). While quite comprehensive, this data excludes most of the historically African-American denominations and some other major groups. As a result, these numbers will be an underestimate of the total adherence rate, particularly in areas with a large African-American population. The 2000 data included 149 religious groups and the final results are published in Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Copyright © 2002, All rights reserved. The 1990 data included 132 groups and the final results are published in Churches and Church Membership in the United States 1990 Copyright © 1990, All rights reserved. Published by Glenmary Research Center, 1312 Fifth Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37208. [More information on the data collection]

**The “Adjusted Totals” include all adherents in the denominations counted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and estimates adherent totals for the historically African-American denominations and other religious groups not listed in the ASARB totals. An article by Roger Finke and Christopher P. Scheitle (2005) reviews how these estimates were computed.

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.

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