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Denominational Groups, 2000

56,317 107,088 7,431 160,048 87,659 153,516
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 +29 +23,710 84.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +5 +901 144.0%
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 0 -73 -37.0%
Catholic Church Catholic -2 +64,254 67.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +90 n.a.
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -1 -461 -23.0%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 0 -3 -2.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 0 -1,425 -74.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 0 -88 -44.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +5 +277 n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +3 +609 n.a.
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant +1 -92 -30.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 0 +145 36.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +1 -100 -14.0%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant +1 +65 n.a.
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant -59 -30,163 -60.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant -2 -1,913 -32.0%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +1 -360 -59.0%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +2 +4,317 n.a.
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +6 +17,285 210.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant -3 -1,285 -64.0%
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant +1 +235 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +1 +405 n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -25 -6,516 -44.0%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +51 3.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant -1 +3,587 92.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +26 +19,917 105.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 0 -467 -40.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -1 -1,253 -20.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -2 -5,575 -27.0%
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 0 +388 194.0%
  Totals: +-13 +86,462 +32.7%

The population of these 1 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 638,333; in 2000 it was 572,059. The total population changed -5.7%. The adherent totals for 1980 (304,196) represent 47.7% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (418,543) include 73.2% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 31 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 31 groups had 264,715 adherents in 1980 and 351,177 adherents in 2000, for a change of 32.7%

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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