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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
Catholic Church Catholic 625 1,382,603 309.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 1,435 768,587 172.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 547 160,153 35.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 237 49,041 11.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 102 33,653 7.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 229 25,899 5.8
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 9 23,625 5.3
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 114 21,142 4.7
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 17 16,500 3.7
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
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 91 13,084 2.9
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 23 13,050 2.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 51 10,193 2.3
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 35 8,943 2.0
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 54 8,572 1.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 19 5,794 1.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 23 5,269 1.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 9 5,071 1.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 46 4,355 1.0
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant 32 4,297 1.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 56 3,907 0.9
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 13 3,796 0.9
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 8 2,902 0.7
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 12 2,864 0.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 26 2,847 0.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 17 2,734 0.6
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 7 2,672 0.6
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 20 2,548 0.6
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 4 1,422 0.3
Bahá'í Other Theology 10 1,251 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 7 990 0.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 24 832 0.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 5 770 0.2
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 7 675 0.2
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 4 531 0.1
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 4 522 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 11 504 0.1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 5 512 0.1
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 2 380 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 4 388 0.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 5 345 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 2 375 0.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 4 216 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 2 218 0.1
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 232 0.1
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 4 241 0.1
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 3 238 0.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 5 191 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 177 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 1 200 0.0
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 127 0.0
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 126 0.0
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of the Orthodox 1 125 0.0
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 2 129 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 1 100 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 4 84 0.0
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 80 0.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 2 38 0.0
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 25 0.0
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant 1 0 0.0
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 12 0.0
Buddhism Other Theology 9 n.a. n.a.
Tao Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Sikh Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 21 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Hindu Other Theology 6 n.a. n.a.
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox 3 n.a. n.a.
Jain Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
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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