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Denominational Groups, 2000

2,245,241 943,157 42,198 2,596,148 749,461 9,406,173
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 Association of Lutheran ChurchesEvangelical Protestant------
American Baptist Association, TheEvangelical Protestant12319,0121.2
American Baptist Churches in the USAMainline Protestant264,9080.3
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic ChurchOrthodox36210.0
Amish; Other GroupsEvangelical Protestant2770.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, TheOrthodox133,0740.2
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American DiocesesOrthodox------
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc.Evangelical Protestant31780.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene)Evangelical Protestant31140.0
Apostolic Lutheran Church of AmericaEvangelical Protestant------
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of CiliciaOrthodox24900.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of EtchmiadzinOrthodox63,3500.2
Assemblies of GodEvangelical Protestant645189,38711.8
Associate Reformed Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant205,4590.3
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, TheEvangelical Protestant1240.0
Bahá'íOther Theology677,7350.5
Baptist General ConferenceEvangelical Protestant253,3020.2
Baptist Missionary Association of AmericaEvangelical Protestant121,2010.1
Beachy Amish Mennonite ChurchesEvangelical Protestant21960.0
Black Baptists EstimateEvangelical Protestant------
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio)Evangelical Protestant32690.0
Brethren In Christ ChurchEvangelical Protestant262,4580.2
BuddhismOther Theology43----
Calvary Chapel Fellowship ChurchesEvangelical Protestant36----
Catholic ChurchCatholic5272,596,148162.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, TheEvangelical Protestant14416,9891.1
Christian BrethrenEvangelical Protestant------
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Mainline Protestant8122,5451.4
Christian Churches and Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant19258,6903.7
Christian Reformed Church in North AmericaEvangelical Protestant192,9320.2
Church of Christ, ScientistOther Theology------
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)Evangelical Protestant11414,1070.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Evangelical Protestant567101,1886.3
Church of God (Seventh Day)Evangelical Protestant------
Church of God in Christ, MennoniteEvangelical Protestant12370.0
Church of God of ProphecyEvangelical Protestant1326,4720.4
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc.Evangelical Protestant------
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, TheOther Theology20175,6204.7
Church of the BrethrenEvangelical Protestant162,1480.1
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of AmericaEvangelical Protestant------
Church of the Lutheran ConfessionEvangelical Protestant------
Church of the NazareneEvangelical Protestant24444,2082.8
Church of the United Brethren in ChristEvangelical Protestant------
Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant50972,5404.5
Community of ChristEvangelical Protestant342,7380.2
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body)Mainline Protestant------
Conservative Baptist Association of AmericaEvangelical Protestant98350.1
Conservative Congregational Christian ConferenceEvangelical Protestant------
Conservative Mennonite ConferenceEvangelical Protestant81,1400.1
Coptic Orthodox ChurchOrthodox11----
Cumberland Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant65030.0
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite ChurchEvangelical Protestant1240.0
Episcopal ChurchMainline Protestant339152,5269.5
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran ChurchMainline Protestant------
Evangelical Congregational Church, TheEvangelical Protestant------
Evangelical Covenant Church, TheEvangelical Protestant283,5400.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, TheEvangelical Protestant304,9470.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaMainline Protestant21590,5945.7
Evangelical Lutheran SynodEvangelical Protestant------
Evangelical Methodist ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
Evangelical Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant82,2290.1
Free Methodist Church of North AmericaEvangelical Protestant383,6880.2
Friends (Quakers)Mainline Protestant241,1380.1
General Association of Regular Baptist ChurchesEvangelical Protestant477,4760.5
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of AmericaOrthodox3324,7981.6
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of VasiloupulisOrthodox25020.0
HinduOther Theology42----
Holy Orthodox Church in North AmericaOrthodox1150.0
Independent Fundamental Churches of AmericaEvangelical Protestant------
Independent, Charismatic ChurchesEvangelical Protestant4634,3252.1
Independent, Non-Charismatic ChurchesEvangelical Protestant6057,2433.6
International Church of the Foursquare GospelEvangelical Protestant494,3020.3
International Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant75,3030.3
International Council of Community ChurchesMainline Protestant135,2550.3
International Pentecostal Church of ChristEvangelical Protestant2300.0
International Pentecostal Holiness ChurchEvangelical Protestant16127,9071.7
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists AssociationEvangelical Protestant11430.0
JainOther Theology10----
Jasper Baptist and Pleasant Valley Baptist AssociationsEvangelical Protestant------
Jewish EstimateOther Theology263628,48539.3
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaMainline Protestant------
Lutheran Church--Missouri SynodEvangelical Protestant16771,9704.5
Macedonian Orthodox Church: American DioceseOrthodox16000.0
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North AmericaOrthodox11200.0
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of theOrthodox45250.0
Mennonite Church USAEvangelical Protestant263,3940.2
Mennonite; Other GroupsEvangelical Protestant72550.0
Missionary Church, TheEvangelical Protestant33150.0
Moravian Church in America--Southern ProvinceMainline Protestant51,0960.1
Muslim EstimateOther Theology3731,6612.0
National Association of Congregational Christian ChurchesMainline Protestant112,7450.2
National Association of Free Will BaptistsEvangelical Protestant747,4620.5
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USAEvangelical Protestant17421,7801.4
North American Baptist ConferenceEvangelical Protestant38220.1
Old Order Amish ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
Old Regular BaptistsEvangelical Protestant------
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc.Evangelical Protestant------
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of AmericaOrthodox42,4600.2
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial DiocesesOrthodox172,5610.2
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, TheEvangelical Protestant116700.0
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USAOrthodox1----
Pentecostal Church of GodEvangelical Protestant261,4530.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)Mainline Protestant362157,7519.9
Presbyterian Church in AmericaEvangelical Protestant13543,7452.7
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old LineEvangelical Protestant74----
Primitive Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant------
Primitive Methodist Church in the USAEvangelical Protestant42440.0
Progressive Primitive BaptistsEvangelical Protestant105560.0
Reformed Baptist ChurchesEvangelical Protestant11----
Reformed Church in AmericaMainline Protestant162,8110.2
Reformed Episcopal ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of RussiaOrthodox3----
Salvation Army, TheEvangelical Protestant4911,2480.7
Separate Baptists in ChristEvangelical Protestant1250.0
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USAOrthodox42,1500.1
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate)Orthodox2----
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and CanadaEvangelical Protestant------
Seventh-day Adventist ChurchEvangelical Protestant29272,6194.5
SikhOther Theology9----
Southern Baptist ConventionEvangelical Protestant2,0541,292,09780.8
Southwide Baptist FellowshipEvangelical Protestant52----
Syrian Orthodox Church of AntiochOrthodox25000.0
TaoOther Theology1----
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USAOrthodox34320.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of CongregationsOther Theology435,9600.4
United BaptistsEvangelical Protestant------
United Church of ChristMainline Protestant10339,3262.5
United Methodist Church, TheMainline Protestant844458,62328.7
United Reformed Churches in North AmericaEvangelical Protestant1720.0
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community ChurchesMainline Protestant223,8390.2
Vineyard USAEvangelical Protestant296,1800.4
Wesleyan Church, TheEvangelical Protestant457,1740.4
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran SynodEvangelical Protestant375,5990.4
ZoroastrianOther Theology1----
Totals (Unadjusted)*:   10,078 6,576,205  
Total (Adjusted)**:     8,116,731  

The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 12,937,926; in 2000 it was 15,982,378. The total population changed 23.5%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (6,576,205) include 41.1% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (8,116,731) include 50.8% 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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