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Jefferson County, Alabama

Denominational Groups, 2000

260,190 82,143 1,821 44,044 9,873 263,976
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 1 124 0.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 18 8,430 12.7
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 2 51 0.1
Bahá'í Other Theology 2 299 0.5
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 101 0.2
Buddhism Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 30 44,044 66.5
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 8 387 0.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 6 787 1.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 324 0.5
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant 1 35 0.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 16 982 1.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 44 12,488 18.9
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 11 484 0.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 7 2,219 3.4
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 1 19 0.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 12 1,643 2.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 73 12,691 19.2
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 119 0.2
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 6 1,092 1.7
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 19 14,785 22.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 1 200 0.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 5 1,066 1.6
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 2 100 0.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 1 79 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 1 1,644 2.5
Hindu Other Theology 2 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 1,320 2.0
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 5 2,659 4.0
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 169 0.3
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 7 1,719 2.6
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 6 649 1.0
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 5 5,300 8.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 11 2,087 3.2
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 5 135 0.2
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 3 1,827 2.8
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 14 2,020 3.1
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 10 1,523 2.3
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 2 177 0.3
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 48 0.1
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 29 9,975 15.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 11 8,132 12.3
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 8 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 2 450 0.7
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 10 4,272 6.5
Sikh Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 263 196,690 297.1
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 1 228 0.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 2 338 0.5
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 110 53,181 80.3
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 213 0.3
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 3 443 0.7
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 263 0.4
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 60 0.1
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 794 398,071  
Total (Adjusted)**:   614,971  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 651,525; in 2000 it was 662,047. The total population changed 1.6%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (398,071) include 60.1% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (614,971) include 92.9% of the population.

Source

*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. www.glenmary.org [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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