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Denominational Groups, 2000

1,179,544 531,743 4,342 136,719 56,290 2,103,374
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 % Change
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant +2 +404 94.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +4 +2,902 n.a.
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +33 +5,737 46.0%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +18 +4,901 50.0%
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant +1 +107 66.0%
Catholic Church Catholic +6 +77,692 132.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +6 +739 119.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -9 +140 2.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +6 +1,550 51.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 0 -5,850 -67.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +28 +22,978 68.0%
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant +3 +326 105.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +130 +5,763 n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +14 +8,636 73.0%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant +1 +114 97.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +9 +1,789 16.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +23 +4,411 51.0%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant +1 +100 n.a.
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant +4 +2,082 4.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +12 +4,058 7.0%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +5 +783 n.a.
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +2 +147 774.0%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +7 +3,867 n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +12 +13,200 n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +16 +11,435 n.a.
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +6 +805 243.0%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +6 +11,035 48.0%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +3 +8,284 305.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +5 +1,294 60.0%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +123 +7,583 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +2 +179 n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -26 +10,554 11.0%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +37 +11,886 104.0%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +3 -3,101 -51.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +17 +4,474 95.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +204 +126,189 16.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +2 +998 192.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 0 +215 76.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -42 +7,710 3.0%
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant +2 +136 194.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +67 +9,081 n.a.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +2 +227 208.0%
  Totals: +745 +365,560 +24.1%

The population of these 46 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 3,121,820; in 2000 it was 4,012,012. The total population changed 15.1%. The adherent totals for 1980 (1,576,289) represent 50.5% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (1,908,638) include 47.6% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 42 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 42 groups had 1,515,416 adherents in 1980 and 1,880,976 adherents in 2000, for a change of 24.1%

Sources

The 2000 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and includes statistics for 149 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Dale E. Jones, Sherri Doty, Clifford Grammich, James E. Horsch, Richard Houseal, Mac Lynn, John P. Marcum, Kenneth M. Sanchagrin and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Religious Congregations & Membership in the United States, 2000, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

The 1980 data were collected by the Glenmary Research Center and include statistics for 111 Judeo-Christian church bodies, including number of churches and adherents. Bernard Quinn, Herman Anderson, Martin Bradley, Paul Goetting and Peggy Shriver supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1980, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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