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Louisiana

Denominational Groups, 2000

962,475 231,710 2,369 1,382,603 47,871 1,841,948
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 1,435 768,587 172.0
Catholic Church Catholic 625 1,382,603 309.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 547 160,153 35.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 237 49,041 11.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 229 25,899 5.8
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 114 21,142 4.7
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 102 33,653 7.5
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 91 13,084 2.9
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 62 16,080 3.6
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 57 14,791 3.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 56 3,907 0.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 54 8,572 1.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 51 10,193 2.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 46 4,355 1.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 35 8,943 2.0
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant 32 4,297 1.0
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 26 2,847 0.6
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 24 832 0.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 23 5,269 1.2
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 23 13,050 2.9
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 21 n.a. n.a.
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 20 2,548 0.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 19 5,794 1.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 17 2,734 0.6
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 17 16,500 3.7
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 13 3,796 0.9
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 12 2,864 0.6
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 11 504 0.1
Bahá'í Other Theology 10 1,251 0.3
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 9 23,625 5.3
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 9 5,071 1.1
Buddhism Other Theology 9 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 8 2,902 0.7
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 7 2,672 0.6
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 7 675 0.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 7 990 0.2
Hindu Other Theology 6 n.a. n.a.
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 5 345 0.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 5 191 0.0
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 5 770 0.2
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 5 512 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 4 1,422 0.3
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 4 241 0.1
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 4 522 0.1
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 4 84 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 4 531 0.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 4 216 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 4 388 0.1
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox 3 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 3 238 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 177 0.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 2 218 0.1
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 2 380 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 2 375 0.1
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 2 129 0.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 2 38 0.0
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of the Orthodox 1 125 0.0
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant 1 0 0.0
Tao Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Sikh Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 1 100 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 1 200 0.0
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 80 0.0
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 127 0.0
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 12 0.0
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 126 0.0
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 232 0.1
Jain Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 25 0.0
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 4,158 2,627,028  
Total (Adjusted)**:   3,792,580  
The population of these 64 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 4,219,973; in 2000 it was 4,468,976. The total population changed 5.9%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,627,028) include 58.8% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (3,792,580) include 84.9% 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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