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Georgia

Denominational Groups, 2000

2,273,901 824,493 7,873 374,185 185,098 4,520,903
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 3,233 1,719,484 210.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 1,614 570,674 69.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 493 138,123 16.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 403 48,015 5.9
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 307 105,774 12.9
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 231 44,469 5.4
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 216 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 179 374,185 45.7
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 157 71,950 8.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 151 44,571 5.4
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 126 6,588 0.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 121 43,910 5.4
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 121 32,256 3.9
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 120 12,126 1.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 107 24,092 2.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 95 13,002 1.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 90 37,096 4.5
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 89 10,317 1.3
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant 85 7,227 0.9
Old Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 78 17,028 2.1
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 72 n.a. n.a.
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 68 22,172 2.7
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 52 93,500 11.4
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 52 3,388 0.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 48 6,783 0.8
Bahá'í Other Theology 46 6,233 0.8
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 39 38,882 4.8
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 37 9,887 1.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 34 40,003 4.9
Jasper Baptist and Pleasant Valley Baptist Associations Evangelical Protestant 31 7,078 0.9
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 31 2,712 0.3
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 30 47,530 5.8
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 29 7,074 0.9
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 24 5,369 0.7
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 22 1,749 0.2
New Hope Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant 20 2,772 0.3
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 19 1,845 0.2
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 18 11,301 1.4
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 18 2,771 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 18 2,573 0.3
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 17 1,668 0.2
Buddhism Other Theology 16 n.a. n.a.
Hindu Other Theology 15 n.a. n.a.
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 15 3,956 0.5
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 13 n.a. n.a.
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 10 515 0.1
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 9 n.a. n.a.
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 9 505 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 8 4,302 0.5
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 8 852 0.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 8 631 0.1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 7 561 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 7 1,509 0.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 6 324 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 5 487 0.1
Sikh Other Theology 5 n.a. n.a.
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 5 299 0.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 4 240 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 4 222 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 4 155 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 4 620 0.1
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 3 710 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 318 0.0
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 241 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 318 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 399 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 3 257 0.0
Jain Other Theology 3 n.a. n.a.
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 3 1,418 0.2
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 3 427 0.1
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 758 0.1
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 55 0.0
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 2 225 0.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 2 876 0.1
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 2 1,100 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 2 99 0.0
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 54 0.0
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 2 n.a. n.a.
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 1 300 0.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 1 245 0.0
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox 1 207 0.0
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 1 60 0.0
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 23 0.0
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 27 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 1 320 0.0
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 5,069 0.6
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of the Orthodox 1 125 0.0
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 1 48 0.0
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 1 90 0.0
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant 1 180 0.0
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 1 145 0.0
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 1 15 0.0
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 1 86 0.0
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 8,962 3,665,550  
Total (Adjusted)**:   5,114,004  
The population of these 159 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 6,478,216; in 2000 it was 8,186,453. The total population changed 26.4%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,665,550) include 44.8% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (5,114,004) include 62.5% 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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