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Kentucky

Denominational Groups, 2000

1,361,067 354,615 2,110 406,021 35,728 1,882,228
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 2,266 962,945 261.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 1,060 227,143 61.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 624 58,775 16.0
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 355 90,520 24.6
Catholic Church Catholic 347 365,270 99.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 254 66,798 18.1
United Baptists Evangelical Protestant 250 45,164 12.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 214 24,134 6.6
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 209 44,016 11.9
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant 181 12,136 3.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 149 22,118 6.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 146 27,989 7.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 129 16,470 4.5
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 120 11,747 3.2
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 119 12,378 3.4
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 93 5,027 1.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 76 19,655 5.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 51 6,396 1.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 49 13,586 3.7
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 46 2,946 0.8
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 44 18,551 5.0
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 44 3,328 0.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 39 10,383 2.8
Enterprise Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant 35 3,590 1.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 35 11,984 3.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 28 5,637 1.5
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 23 1,606 0.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 20 1,804 0.5
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 18 1,915 0.5
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 17 1,617 0.4
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 17 9,391 2.6
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 16 717 0.2
Old Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 16 3,770 1.0
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 13 1,650 0.5
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 12 846 0.2
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Theology 12 n.a. n.a.
Barren River Missionary Baptists Evangelical Protestant 11 1,408 0.4
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 10 14,810 4.0
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant 10 641 0.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 8 971 0.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 7 360 0.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 6 554 0.2
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 6 271 0.1
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 5 342 0.1
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 5 2,300 0.6
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 5 427 0.1
Central Baptist Association Ministries Evangelical Protestant 4 475 0.1
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 4 167 0.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 4 918 0.3
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 3 110 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 3 37 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 122 0.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 3 367 0.1
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 3 73 0.0
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant 3 257 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 3 168 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 2 n.a. n.a.
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 61 0.0
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 2 54 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 2 124 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 1 57 0.0
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 133 0.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 1 107 0.0
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 12 0.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 41 0.0
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 59 0.0
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 276 0.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant 1 31 0.0
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 73 0.0
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant n.a. 89,939 24.4
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 7,255 2,227,747  
The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 3,685,296. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,227,747) include 60.4% 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.