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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
Catholic Church Catholic +9 +9,156 20.3%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +9 -5,759 -20.1%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +7 +900 46.6%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +7 +880 29.7%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +6 +337 30.7%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +6 +3,268 20.7%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +5 +252 217.2%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +4 +3,525 n.a.
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant +3 +148 61.9%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +2 +401 20.6%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +2 +1,653 17.1%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +2 +724 21.3%
Moravian Church in America--Alaska Province Mainline Protestant +2 -2,776 -52.0%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant +2 +75 12.5%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant +2 +177 3.6%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +2 +278 27.5%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +1 +2,017 138.5%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +1 -265 -6.7%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant +1 -847 -11.2%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +125 113.6%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +1 +186 68.6%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +1 -369 -80.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 0 +8 3.2%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 0 n.a. n.a.
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 0 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 0 -100 -4.0%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 0 +28 1400.0%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 0 +4 0.1%
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant -1 -37 -9.6%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant -1 -82 -37.4%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant -1 -181 -49.5%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant -2 -1 -0.6%
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant -2 +1,275 20.2%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant -2 -271 -50.3%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant -3 -1,011 -35.9%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant -4 +2,859 32.6%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant -4 -288 -34.9%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant -4 +57 2.6%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant -10 +432 17.4%
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox -40 n.a. n.a.
  Totals: +2 +16,778 +9.8%

The population of these 28 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 550,043; in 2000 it was 626,932. The total population changed 14.0%. The adherent totals for 1990 (177,337) represent 32.2% of the 1990 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (215,223) include 34.3% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 37 groups to calculate 1990-2000 change. These 37 groups had 170,910 adherents in 1990 and 187,688 adherents in 2000, for a change of 9.8%

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 1990 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 132 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Martin B. Bradley, Norman M. Green, Jr., Dale E. Jones, Mac Lynn, and Lou McNeil supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1990, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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