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Douglas County, Illinois

Denominational Groups, 2000

5,514 4,938   2,260 101 7,109
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 Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 6 957 48.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 1 100 5.0
Bahá'í Other Theology 0 3 0.2
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 169 8.5
Catholic Church Catholic 3 2,260 113.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 3 1,060 53.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 6 1,613 81.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 2 72 3.6
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 1 30 1.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 1 98 4.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 3 229 11.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 136 6.8
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 375 18.8
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 1 27 1.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 411 20.6
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 1 327 16.4
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 2 563 28.3
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 21 1,449 72.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 2 78 3.9
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 1 13 0.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 2 374 18.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 8 2,469 123.9
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 70 12,813  
Total (Adjusted)**:   14,113  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 19,464; in 2000 it was 19,922. The total population changed 2.4%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (12,813) include 64.3% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (14,113) include 70.8% 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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