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Polk County, Iowa

Denominational Groups, 2000

43,358 72,983 531 58,127 5,522 194,080
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 Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 7 1,258 3.4
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 14 9,975 26.6
Bahá'í Other Theology 2 123 0.3
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 3 598 1.6
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 1 29 0.1
Buddhism Other Theology 2 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 19 58,127 155.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 2 304 0.8
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 17 10,011 26.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 9 2,176 5.8
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 367 1.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 1 35 0.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 2 133 0.4
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 2 86 0.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 5 1,766 4.7
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 2 208 0.6
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 6 1,270 3.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 9 704 1.9
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 4 525 1.4
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 187 0.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 6 2,833 7.6
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 593 1.6
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 8 2,103 5.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 27 23,622 63.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 426 1.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 1 74 0.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 1 61 0.2
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 14 3,001 8.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 1 531 1.4
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 1,700 4.5
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 4 5,290 14.1
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 1 311 0.8
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 142 0.4
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 23 0.1
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 3 2,100 5.6
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 11 7,947 21.2
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 1 83 0.2
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 2 1,218 3.3
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 1 108 0.3
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 87 0.2
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 1 25 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 17 7,037 18.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 1 70 0.2
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 4 2,880 7.7
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 2 2,317 6.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 3 969 2.6
Sikh Other Theology 2 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 7 815 2.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 1 315 0.8
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 5 5,159 13.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 39 19,931 53.2
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 60 0.2
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 1 150 0.4
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 384 1.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 2 274 0.7
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 288 180,521  
Total (Adjusted)**:   206,150  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 327,140; in 2000 it was 374,601. The total population changed 14.5%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (180,521) include 48.2% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (206,150) include 55.0% 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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