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Wisconsin

Denominational Groups, 2000

682,968 787,993 14,965 1,695,660 60,073 2,122,016
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 968 1,554,278 317.7
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 743 460,168 94.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 428 248,876 50.9
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 409 222,151 45.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 516 152,426 31.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 253 94,010 19.2
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant n.a. 79,628 16.3
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 171 48,052 9.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 150 35,527 7.3
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 35 34,605 7.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 130 27,561 5.6
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 84 19,423 4.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 27 12,871 2.6
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 10 12,125 2.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 42 11,530 2.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 52 10,788 2.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 58 10,782 2.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 72 10,666 2.2
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 31 9,907 2.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 83 8,935 1.8
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 7 8,600 1.8
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 58 7,771 1.6
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 45 6,200 1.3
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 21 6,137 1.3
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 19 6,046 1.2
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 20 5,846 1.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 35 5,738 1.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 29 5,438 1.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 50 5,157 1.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 69 4,695 1.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 23 4,339 0.9
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 13 3,249 0.7
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 20 2,574 0.5
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 11 1,995 0.4
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant 9 1,692 0.4
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant 7 1,518 0.3
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant 7 1,440 0.3
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 14 1,440 0.3
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 13 1,406 0.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 19 1,212 0.3
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 17 1,123 0.2
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 16 1,062 0.2
The Protestant Conference (Lutheran) Evangelical Protestant 5 955 0.2
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 12 954 0.2
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 1 1,000 0.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 14 938 0.2
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 18 892 0.2
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant 7 781 0.2
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 10 715 0.2
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 2 718 0.2
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant 10 515 0.1
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 2 537 0.1
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 2 444 0.1
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 6 450 0.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 3 436 0.1
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant 1 395 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 11 340 0.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 3 276 0.1
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 2 303 0.1
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant 2 274 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 3 171 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 1 37 0.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 2 59 0.0
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant 1 13 0.0
United Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 11 0.0
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Theology 55 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 7 n.a. n.a.
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 12 n.a. n.a.
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 7 n.a. n.a.
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant 36 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 5,023 3,160,201  
The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 4,891,769. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,160,201) include 64.6% 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.