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Alaska

Denominational Groups, 2000

78,070 37,156 21,256 54,359 24,382 411,709
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 % Change
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +7 +1,329 131.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +11 +5,246 82.0%
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 -209 -38.0%
Catholic Church Catholic +10 +16,021 42.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +13 +1,081 307.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 0 -195 -43.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +1 +2,890 496.0%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant +3 +171 79.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant +2 -227 -30.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +8 +1,818 179.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +4 +158 n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +30 +10,285 118.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +7 +1,272 53.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant -2 +287 14.0%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant +1 +671 270.0%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant +20 +1,515 29.0%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant +11 +1,532 334.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +201 591.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +6 +4,720 71.0%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant +1 -103 -43.0%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +8 +1,111 160.0%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +1 +450 n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +3 +2,400 n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +4 +7,600 n.a.
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +7 +368 n.a.
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +5 +53 40.0%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +4 +3,238 1128.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +4 +1,568 61.0%
Moravian Church in America--Alaska Province Mainline Protestant +24 +2,562 n.a.
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant +4 +393 140.0%
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +46 +20,000 n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +5 +268 n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant +1 +600 10.0%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +9 +1,346 86.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +14 +2,399 166.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +29 +6,062 36.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +1 +190 71.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant +6 +871 20.0%
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 0 -27 -54.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +3 +92 n.a.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +5 +828 179.0%
  Totals: +317 +100,835 +91.5%

The population of these 28 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 401,851; in 2000 it was 626,932. The total population changed 14.0%. The adherent totals for 1980 (110,815) represent 27.6% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (215,223) include 34.3% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 41 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 41 groups had 110,206 adherents in 1980 and 211,041 adherents in 2000, for a change of 91.5%

Sources

The 2000 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and includes statistics for 149 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Dale E. Jones, Sherri Doty, Clifford Grammich, James E. Horsch, Richard Houseal, Mac Lynn, John P. Marcum, Kenneth M. Sanchagrin and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Religious Congregations & Membership in the United States, 2000, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

The 1980 data were collected by the Glenmary Research Center and include statistics for 111 Judeo-Christian church bodies, including number of churches and adherents. Bernard Quinn, Herman Anderson, Martin Bradley, Paul Goetting and Peggy Shriver supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1980, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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