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Denominational Groups, 2000

603,881 855,536 32,084 1,453,126 497,047 4,166,396
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
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant 1 0 0.0
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 21 3,989 0.5
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 167 104,985 13.8
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox 3 621 0.1
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 1 21 0.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 5 2,356 0.3
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 19 0.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 1 34 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 1 924 0.1
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 1 1,000 0.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 146 37,017 4.9
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 8 996 0.1
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 1 38 0.0
Bahá'í Other Theology 50 4,155 0.6
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 6 6,466 0.9
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 63 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 5 682 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 6 587 0.1
Buddhism Other Theology 67 n.a. n.a.
Bulgarian Orthodox Diocese of the USA Orthodox 1 440 0.1
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 9 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 360 1,453,126 191.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 34 4,175 0.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 44 13,052 1.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 40 9,875 1.3
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 3 622 0.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 32 3,750 0.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 110 30,343 4.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 3 96 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 28 1,585 0.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 140 48,830 6.4
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 55 11,838 1.6
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 51 9,185 1.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 73 13,011 1.7
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 17 1,164 0.2
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 8 944 0.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 4 545 0.1
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 37 0.0
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 52 0.0
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 1 76 0.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 298 138,328 18.2
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 213 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 11 2,126 0.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 249 129,334 17.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 6 4,317 0.6
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 14 954 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 20 2,626 0.4
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 14 1,714 0.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 11 19,974 2.6
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupulis Orthodox 2 2,305 0.3
Hindu Other Theology 33 n.a. n.a.
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 3 110 0.0
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 16 16,252 2.1
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 35 38,295 5.0
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 15 2,255 0.3
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 2,492 0.3
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 8 2,291 0.3
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant 7 454 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 19 2,656 0.4
Jain Other Theology 2 n.a. n.a.
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 136 276,445 36.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 78 34,021 4.5
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 2 181 0.0
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of the Orthodox 3 525 0.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 25 1,868 0.3
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 13 1,520 0.2
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 24 0.0
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 4 1,117 0.2
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 58 157,714 20.7
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 14 1,436 0.2
Orthodox Church in America: Bulgarian Diocese Orthodox 1 354 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 2 400 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 7 1,567 0.2
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 12 1,816 0.2
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 7 367 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 218 78,754 10.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 78 21,050 2.8
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 22 n.a. n.a.
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 56 0.0
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 1 292 0.0
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant 1 19 0.0
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 2 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 23 7,184 0.9
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 1 555 0.1
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 124 42,242 5.6
Sikh Other Theology 13 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 633 269,434 35.4
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 26 n.a. n.a.
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 1 280 0.0
Tao Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 2 492 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 28 9,903 1.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 86 28,244 3.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 849 355,422 46.7
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 7 1,091 0.1
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 5 1,046 0.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 34 11,284 1.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 8 1,576 0.2
Zoroastrian Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 4,806 3,441,674  
Total (Adjusted)**:   4,705,050  
The population of these 33 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 6,727,050; in 2000 it was 7,608,070. The total population changed 13.1%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,441,674) include 45.2% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (4,705,050) include 61.8% 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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