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Denominational Groups, 2000

1,179,544 531,743 4,342 136,719 56,290 2,103,374
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 Protestant98320.2
American Baptist Churches in the USAMainline Protestant42,9020.7
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, TheOrthodox52960.1
Assemblies of GodEvangelical Protestant11218,2194.5
Associate Reformed Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant6914,6593.7
Bahá'íOther Theology3317,5864.4
Beachy Amish Mennonite ChurchesEvangelical Protestant32700.1
Black Baptists EstimateEvangelical Protestant------
BuddhismOther Theology4----
Calvary Chapel Fellowship ChurchesEvangelical Protestant8----
Catholic ChurchCatholic118136,71934.1
Central Baptist Association MinistriesEvangelical Protestant------
Christian and Missionary Alliance, TheEvangelical Protestant121,3620.3
Christian BrethrenEvangelical Protestant------
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Mainline Protestant406,6131.6
Christian Churches and Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant314,5671.1
Church of Christ, ScientistOther Theology------
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)Evangelical Protestant452,8560.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Evangelical Protestant29756,61214.1
Church of God (Seventh Day)Evangelical Protestant------
Church of God General ConferenceEvangelical Protestant56360.2
Church of God of ProphecyEvangelical Protestant1305,7631.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, TheOther Theology5420,4245.1
Church of the BrethrenEvangelical Protestant22310.1
Church of the Lutheran ConfessionEvangelical Protestant------
Church of the NazareneEvangelical Protestant6412,8243.2
Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant11813,0913.3
Community of ChristEvangelical Protestant32580.1
Conservative Baptist Association of AmericaEvangelical Protestant11000.0
Conservative Mennonite ConferenceEvangelical Protestant1310.0
Episcopal ChurchMainline Protestant13852,48613.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, TheEvangelical Protestant11000.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaMainline Protestant16761,38015.3
Evangelical Methodist ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
Evangelical Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant57830.2
Free Methodist Church of North AmericaEvangelical Protestant1510.0
Friends (Quakers)Mainline Protestant31660.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of AmericaOrthodox73,8671.0
HinduOther Theology3----
Independent Free Will Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant1220.0
Independent Fundamental Churches of AmericaEvangelical Protestant------
Independent, Charismatic ChurchesEvangelical Protestant1213,2003.3
Independent, Non-Charismatic ChurchesEvangelical Protestant1611,4352.9
International Church of the Foursquare GospelEvangelical Protestant111,1360.3
International Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant39670.2
International Council of Community ChurchesMainline Protestant11,0820.3
International Pentecostal Holiness ChurchEvangelical Protestant24933,8208.4
Jewish EstimateOther Theology1511,0002.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri SynodEvangelical Protestant163,4400.9
Mennonite Church USAEvangelical Protestant2710.0
Mennonite; Other GroupsEvangelical Protestant65100.1
Muslim EstimateOther Theology155,7611.4
National Association of Free Will BaptistsEvangelical Protestant1237,5831.9
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/FellowshipsEvangelical Protestant1560.0
Original Free Will BaptistsEvangelical Protestant31910.0
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial DiocesesOrthodox21790.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, TheEvangelical Protestant1350.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)Mainline Protestant325103,88325.9
Presbyterian Church in AmericaEvangelical Protestant9823,3135.8
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old LineEvangelical Protestant10----
Primitive Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant------
Reformed Baptist ChurchesEvangelical Protestant2----
Reformed Episcopal ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of RussiaOrthodox1----
Salvation Army, TheEvangelical Protestant182,9300.7
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and CanadaEvangelical Protestant------
Seventh-day Adventist ChurchEvangelical Protestant579,1872.3
Southern Baptist ConventionEvangelical Protestant1,878928,341231.4
Southwide Baptist FellowshipEvangelical Protestant27----
Unitarian Universalist Association of CongregationsOther Theology91,5190.4
United Church of ChristMainline Protestant24970.1
United Methodist Church, TheMainline Protestant1,047302,52875.4
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community ChurchesMainline Protestant32060.1
Vineyard USAEvangelical Protestant46450.2
Wesleyan Church, TheEvangelical Protestant679,0812.3
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran SynodEvangelical Protestant43360.1
Totals (Unadjusted)*:   5,522 1,908,638  
Total (Adjusted)**:     2,678,847  

The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 3,486,703; in 2000 it was 4,012,012. The total population changed 15.1%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,908,638) include 47.6% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (2,678,847) include 66.8% 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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