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United States

Denominational Groups, 2000

39,994,852 26,091,321 989,106 62,035,042 12,254,099 140,057,419
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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 329 23,794 0.1
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 1,962 1,142,016 4.6
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America Orthodox 2 n.a. n.a.
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant 120 2,526 0.0
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant 79 14,545 0.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 5,801 1,873,731 7.5
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox 69 14,610 0.1
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox 17 34,646 0.1
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 79 19,809 0.1
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarean) Evangelical Protestant 48 3,516 0.0
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant 53 7,812 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 22 73,300 0.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 11,149 2,161,610 8.7
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 187 37,988 0.2
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 203 27,316 0.1
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 786 167,874 0.7
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1,374 289,969 1.2
Barren River Missionary Baptists Evangelical Protestant 11 1,408 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 91 8,243 0.0
Berean Fundamental Church Evangelical Protestant 47 5,457 0.0
Bible Church of Christ, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 6 8,156 0.0
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant n.a. 8,737,667 35.1
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 124 16,331 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 188 19,769 0.1
Byelorussion Council Of Orthodox Churches In North America Orthodox 4 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 22,441 53,385,998 214.7
Central Baptist Association Ministries Evangelical Protestant 35 4,031 0.0
Christ Catholic Church Evangelical Protestant 12 235 0.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 1,797 271,865 1.1
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 820 85,600 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 4,035 1,037,757 4.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 5,238 1,213,188 4.9
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 716 226,163 0.9
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Theology 1,862 n.a. n.a.
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 2,336 232,876 0.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 4,996 695,074 2.8
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant 153 7,511 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 88 5,370 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 75 12,535 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 2,101 91,861 0.4
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 103 6,231 0.0
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 9,208 3,540,820 14.2
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 1,121 186,588 0.8
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant 109 17,793 0.1
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant 69 8,753 0.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 5,167 888,123 3.6
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant 240 25,749 0.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 13,097 1,681,013 6.8
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 352 41,499 0.2
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 232 36,679 0.2
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1,121 n.a. n.a.
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 177 35,600 0.1
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 737 91,040 0.4
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 102 13,215 0.1
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 47 3,881 0.0
Enterprise Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant 70 6,001 0.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 7,333 2,445,286 9.8
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mainline Protestant 25 4,942 0.0
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant 159 33,166 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 1,046 181,692 0.7
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 10,912 5,226,798 21.0
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 126 21,523 0.1
Evangelical Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 26 5,122 0.0
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant 128 11,105 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 138 45,464 0.2
Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant 16 2,089 0.0
Fire Baptized Holiness Church, (Wesleyan), The Evangelical Protestant 49 889 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 1,038 82,766 0.3
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 1,296 130,484 0.5
Fundamental Methodist Conference, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 13 1,037 0.0
General Six Principle Baptists Evangelical Protestant 2 172 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 515 n.a. n.a.
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 111 11,037 0.0
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant 698 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 829 794,254 3.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 1,363 1,207,173 4.9
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 1,445 255,092 1.0
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant 78 4,102 0.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 1,490 157,728 0.6
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant 129 18,293 0.1
Jasper Baptist and Pleasant Valley Baptist Associations Evangelical Protestant 40 9,209 0.0
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 3,975 5,982,529 24.1
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 56 14,299 0.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 6,020 2,603,725 10.5
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 134 22,097 0.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 1,499 195,210 0.8
Midwest Congregational Christian Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 30 1,880 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 303 39,948 0.2
Moravian Church in America--Alaska Province Mainline Protestant 22 5,338 0.0
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 98 31,250 0.1
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant 55 21,269 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 399 99,110 0.4
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 2,461 293,448 1.2
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant 15 5,169 0.0
New Hope Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant 22 3,150 0.0
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 267 54,010 0.2
Old Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 73 16,289 0.1
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 830 121,750 0.5
Old Order River Brethren Evangelical Protestant 7 514 0.0
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant 326 19,257 0.1
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 337 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese Orthodox 13 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 43 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 426 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 1,171 91,072 0.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 11,433 3,553,335 14.3
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 1,161 221,392 0.9
Primitive Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 9 427 0.0
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 1,159 49,294 0.2
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant 81 7,937 0.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 917 362,932 1.5
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant 35 3,722 0.0
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant 80 6,559 0.0
Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant 41 4,722 0.0
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 1,167 127,577 0.5
Schwenkfelder Church Evangelical Protestant 5 3,031 0.0
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant 83 6,439 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 4,214 903,062 3.6
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 37,922 18,940,682 76.2
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 29 30,000 0.1
The Protestant Conference (Lutheran) Evangelical Protestant 7 1,095 0.0
Truevine Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant 3 561 0.0
Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists Evangelical Protestant 3 87 0.0
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 23 n.a. n.a.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 965 190,193 0.8
United Baptists Evangelical Protestant 436 68,187 0.3
United Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 11 770 0.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 6,260 1,993,459 8.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 37,238 11,091,032 44.6
Wayne Trail Missionary Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant 11 2,467 0.0
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1,657 259,740 1.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 1,228 419,928 1.7
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 255,173 137,064,509  
The population of the United States in 1990 was 248,709,766. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (137,064,509) include 55.1% 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.


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