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Denominational Groups, 2000

2,450,003 1,118,209 142,752 10,079,310 1,823,359 18,258,015
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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 12 968 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 28 14,264 0.5
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant 1 27 0.0
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant 9 1,173 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 555 184,723 6.2
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox 7 5,208 0.2
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 3 125 0.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 8 498 0.0
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant 2 89 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 1,123 263,059 8.8
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 4 630 0.0
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 125 43,661 1.5
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 18 1,584 0.1
Berean Fundamental Church Evangelical Protestant 4 660 0.0
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant n.a. 595,070 20.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 5 386 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 14 2,066 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic 1,280 7,142,067 240.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 189 38,525 1.3
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 59 6,107 0.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 171 39,654 1.3
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 230 63,930 2.2
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 84 22,172 0.8
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Theology 295 n.a. n.a.
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 130 16,586 0.6
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 160 17,457 0.6
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant 22 1,520 0.1
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 87 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 3 1,215 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 113 5,119 0.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 1,323 533,741 17.9
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 36 5,435 0.2
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant 3 429 0.0
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant 2 196 0.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 397 92,273 3.1
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant 5 200 0.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 694 92,154 3.1
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 10 337 0.0
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 4 1,539 0.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 176 n.a. n.a.
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 13 9,253 0.3
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 7 1,158 0.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 450 178,263 6.0
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mainline Protestant 2 523 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 158 39,874 1.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 477 193,389 6.5
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 9 550 0.0
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant 9 734 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 6 315 0.0
Fire Baptized Holiness Church, (Wesleyan), The Evangelical Protestant 5 51 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 88 7,976 0.3
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 88 10,916 0.4
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 40 n.a. n.a.
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant 93 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 141 148,115 5.0
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 123 142,175 4.8
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 497 111,850 3.8
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 90 10,030 0.3
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 293 918,935 30.9
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 4 1,021 0.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 395 143,987 4.8
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 46 9,186 0.3
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 31 2,508 0.1
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 36 6,989 0.2
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 4 647 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 39 9,742 0.3
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 70 7,276 0.2
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant 1 27 0.0
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 25 10,053 0.3
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 40 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 7 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 28 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 240 21,225 0.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 576 258,854 8.7
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 51 4,534 0.2
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 9 339 0.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 48 37,092 1.3
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant 7 665 0.0
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant 3 95 0.0
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 96 11,047 0.4
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant 6 251 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 500 206,514 6.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 1,114 504,516 17.0
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 4 9,400 0.3
The Protestant Conference (Lutheran) Evangelical Protestant 1 75 0.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 74 14,740 0.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 254 64,855 2.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 735 266,306 9.0
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 44 14,542 0.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 44 9,812 0.3
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 14,427 12,585,339  
The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 29,760,021. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (12,585,339) include 42.3% of the total population in 1990.

Source

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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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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