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Darke County, Ohio

Denominational Groups, 2000

7,048 8,307   6,946 232 30,776
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 1 173 3.3
Catholic Church Catholic 5 6,946 130.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 1 67 1.3
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 551 10.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 1 277 5.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 1 281 5.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 1 153 2.9
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 7 1,386 26.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 2 353 6.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 30 0.6
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 393 7.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 1 119 2.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 8 2,847 53.4
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 386 7.2
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 1 50 0.9
Midwest Congregational Christian Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 8 495 9.3
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 347 6.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 3 586 11.0
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 8 1,454 27.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 1 29 0.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 3 594 11.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 21 4,161 78.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 4 855 16.0
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 85 22,533  
Total (Adjusted)**:   24,824  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 53,619; in 2000 it was 53,309. The total population changed -0.6%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (22,533) include 42.3% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (24,824) include 46.6% 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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