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Denominational Groups, 2000

222,039 652,477 32,287 2,105,726 385,890 2,790,044
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 3 152 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 229 95,700 15.5
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox 2 414 0.1
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 2 213 0.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 3 842 0.1
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 74 0.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 1 0 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 1 1,050 0.2
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 2 5,100 0.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 143 33,223 5.4
Bahá'í Other Theology 10 1,154 0.2
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 4 1,086 0.2
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 189 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 1 54 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 11 1,280 0.2
Buddhism Other Theology 27 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 11 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 522 2,105,726 340.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 33 5,221 0.8
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 5 427 0.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 11 970 0.2
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 2 268 0.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 31 4,830 0.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 51 5,166 0.8
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 19 1,038 0.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 34 12,986 2.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 18 2,652 0.4
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 40 8,015 1.3
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 49 4,489 0.7
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 93 0.0
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 4 609 0.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 27 4,449 0.7
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 5 1,349 0.2
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 122 0.0
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 4 338 0.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 266 88,034 14.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 15 2,583 0.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 241 133,233 21.5
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 383 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 93 12,167 2.0
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 29 6,964 1.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 13 12,600 2.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupulis Orthodox 2 923 0.2
Hindu Other Theology 9 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 6 4,000 0.7
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 25 24,837 4.0
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 5 672 0.1
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 1,321 0.2
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 2 1,109 0.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 1 139 0.0
Jain Other Theology 5 n.a. n.a.
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 141 285,950 46.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 26 6,131 1.0
Macedonian Orthodox Church: American Diocese Orthodox 1 200 0.0
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 2 800 0.1
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of the Orthodox 4 900 0.2
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 91 14,457 2.3
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 13 1,061 0.2
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 5 959 0.2
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 50 81,216 13.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 1 74 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 5 245 0.0
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 3 742 0.1
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 6 1,389 0.2
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 13 1,198 0.2
Orthodox Church in America: Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese Orthodox 2 750 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 1 400 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 11 4,039 0.7
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 26 3,365 0.5
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 3 n.a. n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 283 105,794 17.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 56 14,700 2.4
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant 6 364 0.1
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 7 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 10 2,975 0.5
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 5 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 28 7,081 1.1
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 1 300 0.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 62 10,967 1.8
Sikh Other Theology 3 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 146 39,815 6.4
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 11 n.a. n.a.
Tao Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 6 3,969 0.6
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 17 4,584 0.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 99 35,208 5.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 560 176,745 28.6
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 52 0.0
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 2 255 0.0
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 21 3,115 0.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 2 375 0.1
Zoroastrian Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 3,759 3,398,419  
Total (Adjusted)**:   4,374,553  
The population of these 14 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 5,892,937; in 2000 it was 6,188,463. The total population changed 5.0%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,398,419) include 54.9% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (4,374,553) include 70.7% 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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