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Carver County, Minnesota

Denominational Groups, 2000

13,466 9,642   19,891 19 27,187
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
Bahá'í Other Theology 1 19 0.3
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 1,385 19.7
Catholic Church Catholic 8 19,891 283.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 1 275 3.9
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 385 5.5
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 3 730 10.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 8 7,849 111.8
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 13 10,355 147.5
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 3 747 10.6
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 1 131 1.9
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 1 175 2.5
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant 1 336 4.8
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 3 439 6.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 2 301 4.3
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 48 43,018  
Total (Adjusted)**:   47,508  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 47,915; in 2000 it was 70,205. The total population changed 46.5%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (43,018) include 61.3% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (47,508) include 67.7% 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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