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Osceola County, Michigan

Denominational Groups, 2000

3,553 2,291   1,694   15,659
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 2 300 12.9
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 63 2.7
Catholic Church Catholic 3 1,694 73.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 658 28.4
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 1 85 3.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 1 36 1.6
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 1 172 7.4
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 184 7.9
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 25 1.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 242 10.4
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 1 125 5.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 4 873 37.6
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 6 316 13.6
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 334 14.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 300 12.9
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 2 138 6.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 1 80 3.5
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 3 134 5.8
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 1 89 3.8
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 1 105 4.5
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 11 1,233 53.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 352 15.2
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 51 7,538  
Total (Adjusted)**:   8,304  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 20,146; in 2000 it was 23,197. The total population changed 15.1%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (7,538) include 32.5% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (8,304) include 35.8% 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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