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Denominational Groups, 2000

1,167,703 514,964 83,825 5,688,881 1,065,974 7,852,298
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 Association, The Evangelical Protestant 35 2,774 0.2
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 285 96,355 5.9
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 13 6,664 0.4
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox 2 2,680 0.2
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 80 0.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 4 277 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 6 25,000 1.5
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 8 15,153 0.9
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 469 111,815 6.8
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 8 335 0.0
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 3 312 0.0
Bahá'í Other Theology 102 10,273 0.6
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 64 20,821 1.3
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 8 1,013 0.1
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 1 19 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 17 1,805 0.1
Buddhism Other Theology 208 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 122 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 473 5,688,881 347.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 88 16,109 1.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 87 18,470 1.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 117 55,355 3.4
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 69 12,680 0.8
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 61 8,316 0.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 74 10,553 0.6
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 67 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 44 2,515 0.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 577 233,280 14.3
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 13 1,633 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 182 39,613 2.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 244 34,414 2.1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 22 2,693 0.2
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 1 167 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 88 24,809 1.5
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 5 6,390 0.4
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox 17 n.a. n.a.
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 114 0.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 148 73,424 4.5
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 20 8,930 0.6
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 66 25,423 1.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 197 75,689 4.6
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 2 107 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 60 8,361 0.5
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 36 5,174 0.3
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 29 4,245 0.3
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 15 12,021 0.7
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupulis Orthodox 1 315 0.0
Hindu Other Theology 53 n.a. n.a.
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 1 135 0.0
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 40 149,950 9.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 48 72,015 4.4
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 350 69,487 4.2
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 12,429 0.8
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 13 2,800 0.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 36 5,259 0.3
Jain Other Theology 2 n.a. n.a.
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 254 662,450 40.5
Landmark Missionary Baptists, Independent Associations and Unaffiliated Churches Evangelical Protestant 7 284 0.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 179 62,530 3.8
Macedonian Orthodox Church: American Diocese Orthodox 1 600 0.0
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 1 90 0.0
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of the Orthodox 1 375 0.0
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 15 1,116 0.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 25 1,697 0.1
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 19 7,530 0.5
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 2 345 0.0
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 77 155,494 9.5
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 18 6,316 0.4
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 13 809 0.1
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 4 1,104 0.1
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant 1 15 0.0
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 10 1,893 0.1
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 19 3,148 0.2
Orthodox Church in America: Bulgarian Diocese Orthodox 4 3,558 0.2
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 4 2,291 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 5 2,003 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 16 1,211 0.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 49 3,204 0.2
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 252 96,228 5.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 32 4,744 0.3
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 8 n.a. n.a.
Protestant Reformed Churches in America Evangelical Protestant 1 245 0.0
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 7 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 27 29,112 1.8
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant 1 63 0.0
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 4 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 50 15,972 1.0
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 3 5,200 0.3
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 223 99,779 6.1
Sikh Other Theology 19 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 538 223,947 13.7
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 4 n.a. n.a.
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 3 6,900 0.4
Tao Other Theology 4 n.a. n.a.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 2 840 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 27 4,477 0.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 91 18,778 1.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 287 91,086 5.6
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant 6 1,361 0.1
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 11 1,020 0.1
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 53 18,033 1.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 37 5,383 0.3
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 18 2,917 0.2
Zoroastrian Other Theology 6 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 7,078 8,521,347  
Total (Adjusted)**:   10,102,673  
The population of these 5 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 14,531,529; in 2000 it was 16,373,645. The total population changed 12.7%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (8,521,347) include 52.0% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (10,102,673) include 61.7% 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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