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Marion County, Alabama

Denominational Groups, 2000

16,375 1,992   227   12,620
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
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 2 237 7.6
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 3 442 14.2
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 76 2.4
Catholic Church Catholic 1 227 7.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 1 41 1.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 8 746 23.9
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 3 129 4.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 27 2,641 84.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 23 3,246 104.0
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 1 53 1.7
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 29 8,764 280.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 13 1,992 63.8
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 113 18,594  
Total (Adjusted)**:   20,985  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 29,830; in 2000 it was 31,214. The total population changed 4.6%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (18,594) include 59.6% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (20,985) include 67.2% 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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