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Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee

Denominational Groups, 2000

6,398,631 1,631,144 10,333 855,589 159,319 7,967,794
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------
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist ConnectionEvangelical Protestant3120.0
American Baptist Association, TheEvangelical Protestant11921,1171.2
American Baptist Churches in the USAMainline Protestant2016,2321.0
Amish; Other GroupsEvangelical Protestant148280.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, TheOrthodox83,1960.2
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American DiocesesOrthodox------
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc.Evangelical Protestant31350.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of EtchmiadzinOrthodox22300.0
Assemblies of GodEvangelical Protestant902149,9878.8
Associate Reformed Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant283,0800.2
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, TheEvangelical Protestant1600.0
Bahá'íOther Theology324,2830.3
Baptist General ConferenceEvangelical Protestant------
Baptist Missionary Association of AmericaEvangelical Protestant21444,6032.6
Barren River Missionary BaptistsEvangelical Protestant------
Beachy Amish Mennonite ChurchesEvangelical Protestant149840.1
Black Baptists EstimateEvangelical Protestant------
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio)Evangelical Protestant2680.0
Brethren In Christ ChurchEvangelical Protestant95620.0
BuddhismOther Theology31----
Calvary Chapel Fellowship ChurchesEvangelical Protestant20----
Catholic ChurchCatholic806855,58950.3
Central Baptist Association MinistriesEvangelical Protestant------
Christian and Missionary Alliance, TheEvangelical Protestant504,2190.2
Christian BrethrenEvangelical Protestant------
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Mainline Protestant389111,2496.5
Christian Churches and Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant637154,2989.1
Christian Reformed Church in North AmericaEvangelical Protestant11760.0
Christian UnionEvangelical Protestant2500.0
Church of Christ, ScientistOther Theology------
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)Evangelical Protestant33124,2771.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Evangelical Protestant1,141191,31511.2
Church of God (Seventh Day)Evangelical Protestant------
Church of God General ConferenceEvangelical Protestant1250.0
Church of God in Christ, MennoniteEvangelical Protestant121,9630.1
Church of God of ProphecyEvangelical Protestant37019,6231.2
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc.Evangelical Protestant------
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, TheOther Theology25175,4304.4
Church of the BrethrenEvangelical Protestant302,0880.1
Church of the NazareneEvangelical Protestant48067,2964.0
Church of the United Brethren in ChristEvangelical Protestant------
Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant3,360437,69525.7
Churches of God, General ConferenceEvangelical Protestant21030.0
Community of ChristEvangelical Protestant374,6870.3
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body)Mainline Protestant1610.0
Conservative Baptist Association of AmericaEvangelical Protestant22150.0
Conservative Mennonite ConferenceEvangelical Protestant73220.0
Coptic Orthodox ChurchOrthodox6----
Cumberland Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant46453,3223.1
Duck River and Kindred Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant9812,4520.7
Enterprise Baptists AssociationEvangelical Protestant363,2410.2
Episcopal ChurchMainline Protestant392120,5457.1
Evangelical Congregational Church, TheEvangelical Protestant------
Evangelical Covenant Church, TheEvangelical Protestant65190.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, TheEvangelical Protestant244,3980.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaMainline Protestant12733,3502.0
Evangelical Methodist ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
Evangelical Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant2616,4231.0
Free Methodist Church of North AmericaEvangelical Protestant301,8120.1
Friends (Quakers)Mainline Protestant171,3110.1
General Association of Regular Baptist ChurchesEvangelical Protestant42500.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of AmericaOrthodox136,5010.4
HinduOther Theology18----
Independent Free Will Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant15215,9600.9
Independent Fundamental Churches of AmericaEvangelical Protestant------
Independent, Charismatic ChurchesEvangelical Protestant3420,8051.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic ChurchesEvangelical Protestant7171,4814.2
International Church of the Foursquare GospelEvangelical Protestant385,7050.3
International Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant61,8520.1
International Council of Community ChurchesMainline Protestant154,4120.3
International Pentecostal Church of ChristEvangelical Protestant71,2410.1
International Pentecostal Holiness ChurchEvangelical Protestant1019,8780.6
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists AssociationEvangelical Protestant8511,5500.7
JainOther Theology2----
Jewish EstimateOther Theology6240,1002.4
Landmark Missionary Baptists, Independent Associations and Unaffiliated ChurchesEvangelical Protestant142,8810.2
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaMainline Protestant------
Lutheran Church--Missouri SynodEvangelical Protestant17538,2422.2
Mennonite Church USAEvangelical Protestant188500.0
Mennonite; Other GroupsEvangelical Protestant331,7750.1
Missionary Church, TheEvangelical Protestant31400.0
Muslim EstimateOther Theology6034,7492.0
National Association of Congregational Christian ChurchesMainline Protestant63080.0
National Association of Free Will BaptistsEvangelical Protestant58175,6704.4
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USAEvangelical Protestant22926,7951.6
New Hope Baptist AssociationEvangelical Protestant------
Old Missionary Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant12422,6381.3
Old Order Amish ChurchEvangelical Protestant443,0290.2
Old Order MennoniteEvangelical Protestant149760.1
Old Regular BaptistsEvangelical Protestant------
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc.Evangelical Protestant------
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial DiocesesOrthodox54060.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, TheEvangelical Protestant94200.0
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USAOrthodox1----
Pentecostal Church of GodEvangelical Protestant514,0430.2
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)Mainline Protestant784156,8909.2
Presbyterian Church in AmericaEvangelical Protestant30372,4734.3
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old LineEvangelical Protestant414----
Primitive Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant------
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association ofEvangelical Protestant395,4890.3
Progressive Primitive BaptistsEvangelical Protestant139830.1
Reformed Baptist ChurchesEvangelical Protestant13----
Reformed Church in AmericaMainline Protestant43760.0
Reformed Mennonite ChurchEvangelical Protestant1100.0
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of RussiaOrthodox2----
Salvation Army, TheEvangelical Protestant6412,1090.7
Separate Baptists in ChristEvangelical Protestant566,8040.4
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and CanadaEvangelical Protestant------
Seventh-day Adventist ChurchEvangelical Protestant30756,5323.3
SikhOther Theology4----
Southern Baptist ConventionEvangelical Protestant10,5814,690,754275.6
Southwide Baptist FellowshipEvangelical Protestant80----
Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian BaptistsEvangelical Protestant2160.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of CongregationsOther Theology364,7570.3
United BaptistsEvangelical Protestant------
United Church of ChristMainline Protestant7114,4300.8
United Methodist Church, TheMainline Protestant5,1811,171,02468.8
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community ChurchesMainline Protestant169560.1
Vineyard USAEvangelical Protestant275,4840.3
Wesleyan Church, TheEvangelical Protestant798,2510.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran SynodEvangelical Protestant151,5900.1
Totals (Unadjusted)*:   30,625 9,055,016  
Total (Adjusted)**:     11,775,749  

The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 15,176,284; in 2000 it was 17,022,810. The total population changed 12.2%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (9,055,016) include 53.2% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (11,775,749) include 69.2% 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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