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La Salle County, Illinois

Denominational Groups, 2000

8,506 15,965   44,736 478 41,824
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
Catholic Church Catholic 30 44,736 401.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 25 6,830 61.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 11 5,552 49.8
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 7 707 6.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 7 1,469 13.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 6 1,347 12.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 6 1,579 14.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 5 667 6.0
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 4 1,373 12.3
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 4 887 8.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 4 1,337 12.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 3 320 2.9
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 3 337 3.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 3 245 2.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 150 1.4
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 148 1.3
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 163 1.5
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 2 350 3.1
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 2 353 3.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 1 55 0.5
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant 1 61 0.6
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 1 300 2.7
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 122 1.1
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 1 140 1.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 1 62 0.6
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 1 57 0.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 1 330 3.0
Bahá'í Other Theology 0 8 0.1
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 136 69,685  
Total (Adjusted)**:   77,503  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 106,913; in 2000 it was 111,509. The total population changed 4.3%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (69,685) include 62.5% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (77,503) include 69.5% 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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