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Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia

Denominational Groups, 2000

9,674,938 5,533,199 112,089 5,398,257 1,705,454 29,345,223
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 Protestant201810.0
American Association of Lutheran ChurchesEvangelical Protestant------
American Baptist Association, TheEvangelical Protestant19427,1840.5
American Baptist Churches in the USAMainline Protestant810325,4436.3
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic ChurchOrthodox102,0700.0
Amish; Other GroupsEvangelical Protestant62770.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, TheOrthodox329,1000.2
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American DiocesesOrthodox------
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc.Evangelical Protestant52240.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene)Evangelical Protestant61960.0
Apostolic Lutheran Church of AmericaEvangelical Protestant------
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of CiliciaOrthodox51,8940.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of EtchmiadzinOrthodox105,4700.1
Assemblies of GodEvangelical Protestant1,650382,5367.4
Associate Reformed Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant18335,9030.7
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, TheEvangelical Protestant2620.0
Bahá'íOther Theology24843,9260.8
Baptist General ConferenceEvangelical Protestant3610,9010.2
Baptist Missionary Association of AmericaEvangelical Protestant141,4190.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite ChurchesEvangelical Protestant171,6110.0
Bible Church of Christ, Inc.Evangelical Protestant------
Black Baptists EstimateEvangelical Protestant------
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio)Evangelical Protestant222,2240.0
Brethren In Christ ChurchEvangelical Protestant423,5730.1
BuddhismOther Theology188----
Bulgarian Orthodox Diocese of the USAOrthodox14400.0
Calvary Chapel Fellowship ChurchesEvangelical Protestant83----
Catholic ChurchCatholic1,7835,398,257104.3
Central Baptist Association MinistriesEvangelical Protestant------
Christian and Missionary Alliance, TheEvangelical Protestant32041,5440.8
Christian BrethrenEvangelical Protestant------
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Mainline Protestant573148,4142.9
Christian Churches and Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant884214,2444.1
Christian Reformed Church in North AmericaEvangelical Protestant304,1940.1
Church of Christ, ScientistOther Theology------
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)Evangelical Protestant43537,5700.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Evangelical Protestant2,324468,2309.0
Church of God (Seventh Day)Evangelical Protestant------
Church of God General ConferenceEvangelical Protestant151,1280.0
Church of God in Christ, MennoniteEvangelical Protestant57840.0
Church of God of ProphecyEvangelical Protestant72735,8980.7
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc.Evangelical Protestant------
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, TheOther Theology765273,3715.3
Church of the BrethrenEvangelical Protestant35555,3711.1
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of AmericaEvangelical Protestant------
Church of the Lutheran ConfessionEvangelical Protestant------
Church of the NazareneEvangelical Protestant743127,6902.5
Church of the United Brethren in ChristEvangelical Protestant------
Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant1,740205,9384.0
Churches of God, General ConferenceEvangelical Protestant282,0250.0
Community of ChristEvangelical Protestant715,8750.1
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body)Mainline Protestant61,1350.0
Conservative Baptist Association of AmericaEvangelical Protestant181,9950.0
Conservative Congregational Christian ConferenceEvangelical Protestant51,3930.0
Conservative Mennonite ConferenceEvangelical Protestant192,6000.1
Coptic Orthodox ChurchOrthodox12----
Cumberland Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant151,0080.0
Duck River and Kindred Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant1900.0
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite ChurchEvangelical Protestant63890.0
Episcopal ChurchMainline Protestant1,614609,00011.8
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran ChurchMainline Protestant------
Evangelical Congregational Church, TheEvangelical Protestant------
Evangelical Covenant Church, TheEvangelical Protestant415,2740.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, TheEvangelical Protestant6411,6790.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaMainline Protestant1,195471,9859.1
Evangelical Lutheran SynodEvangelical Protestant------
Evangelical Methodist ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
Evangelical Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant5419,5770.4
Free Methodist Church of North AmericaEvangelical Protestant826,7250.1
Friends (Quakers)Mainline Protestant20823,7920.5
General Association of Regular Baptist ChurchesEvangelical Protestant9313,9610.3
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of AmericaOrthodox8870,5571.4
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of VasiloupulisOrthodox54,2070.1
HinduOther Theology115----
Holy Orthodox Church in North AmericaOrthodox61800.0
Independent Free Will Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant876,2120.1
Independent Fundamental Churches of AmericaEvangelical Protestant------
Independent, Charismatic ChurchesEvangelical Protestant141163,6473.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic ChurchesEvangelical Protestant218222,7364.3
International Church of the Foursquare GospelEvangelical Protestant17523,1210.4
International Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant2116,9950.3
International Council of Community ChurchesMainline Protestant269,3620.2
International Pentecostal Church of ChristEvangelical Protestant281,5160.0
International Pentecostal Holiness ChurchEvangelical Protestant1,091157,8753.0
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists AssociationEvangelical Protestant11430.0
JainOther Theology19----
Jasper Baptist and Pleasant Valley Baptist AssociationsEvangelical Protestant317,0780.1
Jewish EstimateOther Theology5531,092,07021.1
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaMainline Protestant------
Lutheran Church--Missouri SynodEvangelical Protestant408155,8473.0
Macedonian Orthodox Church: American DioceseOrthodox16000.0
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North AmericaOrthodox55260.0
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of theOrthodox81,1750.0
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference ofEvangelical Protestant62520.0
Mennonite Church USAEvangelical Protestant14118,9020.4
Mennonite; Other GroupsEvangelical Protestant756,6200.1
Missionary Church, TheEvangelical Protestant86650.0
Moravian Church in America--Northern ProvinceMainline Protestant41,1170.0
Moravian Church in America--Southern ProvinceMainline Protestant5919,7640.4
Muslim EstimateOther Theology201266,0275.1
National Association of Congregational Christian ChurchesMainline Protestant203,3080.1
National Association of Free Will BaptistsEvangelical Protestant78873,3891.4
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USAEvangelical Protestant22030,0260.6
New Hope Baptist AssociationEvangelical Protestant202,7720.1
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/FellowshipsEvangelical Protestant1560.0
North American Baptist ConferenceEvangelical Protestant49100.0
Old Missionary Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant8117,1200.3
Old Order Amish ChurchEvangelical Protestant211,3140.0
Old Order MennoniteEvangelical Protestant71,2480.0
Old Regular BaptistsEvangelical Protestant------
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc.Evangelical Protestant------
Original Free Will BaptistsEvangelical Protestant23746,2110.9
Orthodox Church in America: Bulgarian DioceseOrthodox13540.0
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of AmericaOrthodox72,9460.1
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial DiocesesOrthodox385,6910.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, TheEvangelical Protestant433,9690.1
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USAOrthodox2----
Pentecostal Church of GodEvangelical Protestant764,5590.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)Mainline Protestant2,651802,35315.5
Presbyterian Church in AmericaEvangelical Protestant579147,2112.8
Primitive Advent Christian ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old LineEvangelical Protestant539----
Primitive Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant------
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association ofEvangelical Protestant241,8680.0
Primitive Methodist Church in the USAEvangelical Protestant42440.0
Progressive Primitive BaptistsEvangelical Protestant967,8390.2
Reformed Baptist ChurchesEvangelical Protestant40----
Reformed Church in AmericaMainline Protestant193,5970.1
Reformed Church in the United StatesEvangelical Protestant1190.0
Reformed Episcopal ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
Regular BaptistsEvangelical Protestant------
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of RussiaOrthodox12----
Salvation Army, TheEvangelical Protestant19144,8050.9
Separate Baptists in ChristEvangelical Protestant94370.0
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USAOrthodox94,3050.1
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate)Orthodox3----
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and CanadaEvangelical Protestant------
Seventh-day Adventist ChurchEvangelical Protestant864199,5083.9
SikhOther Theology32----
Southern Baptist ConventionEvangelical Protestant13,1806,457,786124.7
Southwide Baptist FellowshipEvangelical Protestant299----
Syrian Orthodox Church of AntiochOrthodox37800.0
TaoOther Theology2----
Truevine Baptists AssociationEvangelical Protestant------
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USAOrthodox91,7940.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of CongregationsOther Theology14930,0600.6
United BaptistsEvangelical Protestant------
United Church of ChristMainline Protestant560141,8612.7
United Methodist Church, TheMainline Protestant9,5332,964,48957.3
United Reformed Churches in North AmericaEvangelical Protestant22410.0
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community ChurchesMainline Protestant597,5790.1
Vineyard USAEvangelical Protestant7517,3490.3
Wesleyan Church, TheEvangelical Protestant46592,2881.8
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran SynodEvangelical Protestant7210,6870.2
ZoroastrianOther Theology2----
Totals (Unadjusted)*:   52,385 22,423,937  
Total (Adjusted)**:     29,621,725  

The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 43,566,853; in 2000 it was 51,769,160. The total population changed 18.8%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (22,423,937) include 43.3% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (29,621,725) include 57.2% 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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