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Alabama

Denominational Groups, 2000

1,804,961 437,296 3,000 150,647 39,469 2,011,727
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 3,148 1,380,121 310.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 1,416 327,734 73.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 895 119,049 26.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 386 68,766 15.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 367 59,970 13.5
Catholic Church Catholic 168 150,647 33.9
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 165 23,716 5.3
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 158 34,551 7.8
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 147 n.a. n.a.
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 123 13,635 3.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 118 45,041 10.1
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 113 16,984 3.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 108 24,020 5.4
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 88 3,908 0.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 80 16,792 3.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 69 20,397 4.6
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 68 4,082 0.9
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 63 11,488 2.6
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 61 6,590 1.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 56 9,572 2.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 42 4,601 1.0
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 36 6,286 1.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 30 3,972 0.9
Old Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 29 4,324 1.0
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 26 3,896 0.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 24 5,346 1.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 23 3,412 0.8
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 20 7,670 1.7
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 20 n.a. n.a.
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 19 1,150 0.3
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 18 9,100 2.1
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 17 2,106 0.5
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 17 2,083 0.5
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 15 2,468 0.6
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 14 7,319 1.7
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 14 6,430 1.5
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 14 587 0.1
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 13 1,902 0.4
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 12 2,312 0.5
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 10 2,442 0.6
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 9 879 0.2
Bahá'í Other Theology 9 1,423 0.3
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 8 388 0.1
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant 7 1,175 0.3
Buddhism Other Theology 7 n.a. n.a.
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 6 1,200 0.3
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 6 444 0.1
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant 6 530 0.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 5 285 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 5 305 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 5 230 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 5 166 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 4 2,796 0.6
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 3 8,304 1.9
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 3 204 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 3 525 0.1
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 273 0.1
Hindu Other Theology 3 n.a. n.a.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 3 210 0.1
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 3 154 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 66 0.0
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 61 0.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 2 159 0.0
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant 2 50 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 2 405 0.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 2 218 0.1
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox 2 n.a. n.a.
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 1 60 0.0
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 15 0.0
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 90 0.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 1 0 0.0
Sikh Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 4 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 1 55 0.0
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 169 0.0
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 1 61 0.0
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 8,343 2,435,373  
Total (Adjusted)**:   3,307,454  
The population of these 67 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 4,040,587; in 2000 it was 4,447,100. The total population changed 10.1%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,435,373) include 54.8% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (3,307,454) include 74.4% 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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