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Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas

Denominational Groups, 2000

8,632,722 2,602,406 28,712 6,036,164 524,008 13,620,771
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 Protestant100.0
American Baptist Association, TheEvangelical Protestant1,155204,6476.5
American Baptist Churches in the USAMainline Protestant3814,9160.5
Amish; Other GroupsEvangelical Protestant43520.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, TheOrthodox216,8760.2
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American DiocesesOrthodox------
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc.Evangelical Protestant2270.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of CiliciaOrthodox32600.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of EtchmiadzinOrthodox61,4750.0
Assemblies of GodEvangelical Protestant2,458432,62713.8
Associate Reformed Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant83240.0
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, TheEvangelical Protestant106680.0
Bahá'íOther Theology9714,8800.5
Baptist General ConferenceEvangelical Protestant53400.0
Baptist Missionary Association of AmericaEvangelical Protestant915228,7507.3
Beachy Amish Mennonite ChurchesEvangelical Protestant52640.0
Black Baptists EstimateEvangelical Protestant------
Brethren In Christ ChurchEvangelical Protestant32610.0
BuddhismOther Theology116----
Calvary Chapel Fellowship ChurchesEvangelical Protestant30----
Catholic ChurchCatholic2,2436,036,164192.0
Christ Catholic ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
Christian and Missionary Alliance, TheEvangelical Protestant585,1900.2
Christian BrethrenEvangelical Protestant------
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Mainline Protestant630181,7615.8
Christian Churches and Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant43198,5243.1
Christian Reformed Church in North AmericaEvangelical Protestant101,9360.1
Christian UnionEvangelical Protestant135000.0
Church of Christ, ScientistOther Theology------
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)Evangelical Protestant23417,9670.6
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Evangelical Protestant44363,9282.0
Church of God (Seventh Day)Evangelical Protestant------
Church of God General ConferenceEvangelical Protestant94990.0
Church of God in Christ, MennoniteEvangelical Protestant162,1260.1
Church of God of ProphecyEvangelical Protestant1796,3140.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, TheOther Theology631211,0116.7
Church of the BrethrenEvangelical Protestant151,0550.0
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of AmericaEvangelical Protestant------
Church of the Lutheran ConfessionEvangelical Protestant------
Church of the NazareneEvangelical Protestant699108,4633.4
Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant3,774572,55218.2
Churches of God, General ConferenceEvangelical Protestant211,1100.0
Community of ChristEvangelical Protestant987,4560.2
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body)Mainline Protestant------
Conservative Baptist Association of AmericaEvangelical Protestant------
Conservative Congregational Christian ConferenceEvangelical Protestant1250.0
Conservative Mennonite ConferenceEvangelical Protestant54640.0
Coptic Orthodox ChurchOrthodox13----
Cumberland Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant13613,8700.4
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite ChurchEvangelical Protestant1650.0
Episcopal ChurchMainline Protestant657244,8547.8
Evangelical Covenant Church, TheEvangelical Protestant175,8740.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, TheEvangelical Protestant5711,2730.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaMainline Protestant489177,8205.7
Evangelical Lutheran SynodEvangelical Protestant------
Evangelical Methodist ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
Evangelical Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant121,9800.1
Fellowship of Evangelical Bible ChurchesEvangelical Protestant2620.0
Fire Baptized Holiness Church, (Wesleyan), TheEvangelical Protestant------
Free Methodist Church of North AmericaEvangelical Protestant411,9210.1
Friends (Quakers)Mainline Protestant502,5870.1
General Association of Regular Baptist ChurchesEvangelical Protestant181,2360.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of AmericaOrthodox2612,1620.4
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of VasiloupulisOrthodox11350.0
HinduOther Theology42----
Holy Orthodox Church in North AmericaOrthodox160.0
Hutterian BrethrenEvangelical Protestant------
Independent Free Will Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant21690.0
Independent Fundamental Churches of AmericaEvangelical Protestant------
Independent, Charismatic ChurchesEvangelical Protestant113226,6187.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic ChurchesEvangelical Protestant154162,6405.2
International Church of the Foursquare GospelEvangelical Protestant13017,2470.5
International Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant134,8160.2
International Council of Community ChurchesMainline Protestant71,7910.1
International Pentecostal Holiness ChurchEvangelical Protestant31443,0301.4
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists AssociationEvangelical Protestant354,4340.1
JainOther Theology9----
Jewish EstimateOther Theology129151,1504.8
Landmark Missionary Baptists, Independent Associations and Unaffiliated ChurchesEvangelical Protestant131,0870.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri SynodEvangelical Protestant542193,1846.1
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North AmericaOrthodox49500.0
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of theOrthodox112,9250.1
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference ofEvangelical Protestant263,5630.1
Mennonite Church USAEvangelical Protestant433,2200.1
Mennonite; Other GroupsEvangelical Protestant132,0080.1
Missionary Church, TheEvangelical Protestant44030.0
Muslim EstimateOther Theology130136,2384.3
National Association of Congregational Christian ChurchesMainline Protestant57530.0
National Association of Free Will BaptistsEvangelical Protestant51158,0071.8
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USAEvangelical Protestant624,4630.1
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/FellowshipsEvangelical Protestant1470.0
North American Baptist ConferenceEvangelical Protestant192,0660.1
Old Missionary Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant170.0
Old Order Amish ChurchEvangelical Protestant93890.0
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc.Evangelical Protestant------
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of AmericaOrthodox24130.0
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial DiocesesOrthodox92,1600.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, TheEvangelical Protestant189820.0
Pentecostal Church of GodEvangelical Protestant36129,2320.9
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)Mainline Protestant937262,0138.3
Presbyterian Church in AmericaEvangelical Protestant9618,2700.6
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old LineEvangelical Protestant210----
Primitive Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant------
Progressive Primitive BaptistsEvangelical Protestant42770.0
Reformed Baptist ChurchesEvangelical Protestant17----
Reformed Church in AmericaMainline Protestant73,1920.1
Reformed Episcopal ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of RussiaOrthodox6----
Salvation Army, TheEvangelical Protestant10041,6671.3
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USAOrthodox31,1100.0
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate)Orthodox2----
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and CanadaEvangelical Protestant------
Seventh-day Adventist ChurchEvangelical Protestant47971,2332.3
SikhOther Theology15----
Southern Baptist ConventionEvangelical Protestant9,3585,920,576188.3
Southwide Baptist FellowshipEvangelical Protestant20----
Syrian Orthodox Church of AntiochOrthodox1600.0
TaoOther Theology3----
Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian BaptistsEvangelical Protestant1290.0
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USAOrthodox11800.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of CongregationsOther Theology6910,7290.3
United BaptistsEvangelical Protestant------
United Church of ChristMainline Protestant10622,1240.7
United Methodist Church, TheMainline Protestant4,0401,684,67253.6
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community ChurchesMainline Protestant255,9230.2
Vineyard USAEvangelical Protestant5516,0540.5
Wesleyan Church, TheEvangelical Protestant306,7690.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran SynodEvangelical Protestant527,5850.2
ZoroastrianOther Theology3----
Totals (Unadjusted)*:   34,280 17,824,012  
Total (Adjusted)**:     22,155,608  

The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 26,702,686; in 2000 it was 31,444,783. The total population changed 17.8%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (17,824,012) include 56.7% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (22,155,608) include 70.5% 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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