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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 2,424 979,994 242.5
Catholic Church Catholic 323 406,021 100.5
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 991 208,720 51.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 405 106,638 26.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 231 67,611 16.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 621 58,602 14.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 196 36,940 9.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 236 33,572 8.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 167 30,103 7.5
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 133 20,441 5.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 136 19,667 4.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 76 19,343 4.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 63 17,966 4.5
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 133 11,507 2.9
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 11 11,350 2.8
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 104 10,859 2.7
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 14 10,359 2.6
Old Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 42 9,735 2.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 40 9,485 2.4
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 32 8,763 2.2
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant 54 6,767 1.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 29 6,499 1.6
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 21 6,373 1.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 57 5,900 1.5
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 81 4,901 1.2
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 10 4,696 1.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 45 4,112 1.0
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 39 3,989 1.0
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 6 3,450 0.9
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 19 3,432 0.9
Enterprise Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant 36 3,241 0.8
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 5 2,993 0.7
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 32 2,272 0.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 20 2,151 0.5
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 19 1,746 0.4
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 5 1,603 0.4
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 2 1,588 0.4
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant 7 1,241 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 9 1,081 0.3
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association of Evangelical Protestant 9 1,069 0.3
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 13 1,065 0.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 11 963 0.2
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 9 856 0.2
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 9 831 0.2
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 13 826 0.2
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 10 805 0.2
Bahá'í Other Theology 4 635 0.2
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 8 613 0.2
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 8 565 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 2 522 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 9 515 0.1
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 9 495 0.1
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 422 0.1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 5 383 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 4 327 0.1
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant 7 322 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 4 305 0.1
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 3 297 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 5 294 0.1
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 4 244 0.1
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 2 238 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 3 219 0.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 200 0.1
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 140 0.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 118 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 4 105 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 2 90 0.0
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 76 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 72 0.0
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 72 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 2 68 0.0
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 1 39 0.0
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 27 0.0
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant 1 12 0.0
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 0 0.0
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 12 n.a. n.a.
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 65 n.a. n.a.
Buddhism Other Theology 7 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 5 n.a. n.a.
Hindu Other Theology 3 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 7,143 2,159,541  
Total (Adjusted)**:   2,508,221  
The population of these 120 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 3,685,296; in 2000 it was 4,041,769. The total population changed 9.7%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,159,541) include 53.4% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (2,508,221) include 62.1% 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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