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Palm Beach County, Florida

Denominational Groups, 2000

103,789 51,270 3,666 300,456 173,363 498,640
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 4 361 0.3
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 1 60 0.1
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 1 386 0.3
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 1 1,700 1.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 16 8,259 7.3
Bahá'í Other Theology 10 1,851 1.6
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 72 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 3 177 0.2
Buddhism Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 5 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 36 300,456 265.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 17 1,851 1.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 3 958 0.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 7 1,439 1.3
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 3 477 0.4
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 6 952 0.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 36 5,888 5.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 13 628 0.6
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 8 3,160 2.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 15 2,448 2.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 11 2,420 2.1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 28 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 100 0.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 22 11,124 9.8
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 281 0.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 1 125 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 11 7,121 6.3
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 4 130 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 1 29 0.0
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 400 0.4
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 1 1,341 1.2
Hindu Other Theology 4 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 4 4,900 4.3
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 7 14,990 13.3
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 15 0.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 9 2,909 2.6
Jain Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 45 167,000 147.6
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 9 5,027 4.4
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant 1 102 0.1
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 1 841 0.7
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 2 1,797 1.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 99 0.1
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 7 24 0.0
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 300 0.3
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 1 239 0.2
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 58 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 14 7,120 6.3
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 7 3,430 3.0
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 60 0.1
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 1 158 0.1
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 3 506 0.5
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 17 3,069 2.7
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 53 42,099 37.2
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 2 511 0.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 7 3,990 3.5
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 22 18,616 16.5
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 2 195 0.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 118 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 2 149 0.1
Zoroastrian Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 477 632,544  
Total (Adjusted)**:   775,401  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 863,518; in 2000 it was 1,131,184. The total population changed 31.0%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (632,544) include 55.9% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (775,401) include 68.5% 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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