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Newaygo County, Michigan

Denominational Groups, 2000

6,787 4,077   4,757 184 32,069
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
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 3 544 11.4
Bahá'í Other Theology 0 8 0.2
Buddhism Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 5 4,757 99.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 1 251 5.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 161 3.4
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 6 2,438 50.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 1 230 4.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 1 176 3.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 1 45 0.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 2 205 4.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 1 190 4.0
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 4 835 17.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 3 639 13.4
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 1 257 5.4
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 3 213 4.5
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 3 1,522 31.8
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 1 69 1.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 1 82 1.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 3 709 14.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 4 1,390 29.0
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 1,084 22.6
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 49 15,805  
Total (Adjusted)**:   17,528  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 38,202; in 2000 it was 47,874. The total population changed 25.3%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (15,805) include 33.0% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (17,528) include 36.6% 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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