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The Southern Baptist Convention was founded in 1845 by Baptist congregations in the American South who rejected the anti-slavery tendencies in the Northern Baptist Convention and withdrew to carry forward independently.

Using data from the 1980-2010 Religious Congregations and Membership Studies, this list ranks U.S. states on the highest total number of adherents and the highest percent of the population in the Southern Baptist Convention. You can sort the list by clicking on the column headings.

Congregational "Adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. "Percent" is the percentage of the total population that belongs to that denomination. Note: Adherents are sometimes residents of a county different than the location of their congregation.

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Complete List

Ranking State   [Download CSV]AdherentsPercent
1 Alabama
1,182,018
30.36
2 Mississippi
760,385
30.17
3 Oklahoma
799,357
26.42
4 Tennessee
1,203,537
26.21
5 South Carolina
802,152
25.7
6 Georgia
1,374,905
25.17
7 Kentucky
888,198
24.26
8 North Carolina
1,341,047
22.8
9 Arkansas
522,985
21.99
10 Texas
2,659,894
18.69
11 Louisiana
652,246
15.51
12 Missouri
700,053
14.24
13 Virginia
690,276
12.91
14 Florida
937,719
11.55
15 New Mexico
131,575
10.1
16 Alaska
17,088
4.25
17 Arizona
110,849
4.08
18 Kansas
73,306
3.1
19 Maryland
128,411
3.05
20 District Of Columbia
18,935
2.97
21 Wyoming
10,871
2.32
22 Illinois
264,480
2.31
23 Colorado
66,560
2.3
24 Nevada
16,276
2.03
25 California
392,451
1.66
25 Indiana
91,318
1.66
26 West Virginia
29,239
1.5
27 Ohio
152,277
1.41
28 Hawaii
13,336
1.38
29 Washington
45,306
1.1
30 Montana
8,515
1.08
31 Oregon
26,369
1
32 Idaho
9,085
0.96
33 Delaware
4,279
0.72
34 Utah
10,319
0.71
35 South Dakota
4,394
0.64
36 Nebraska
9,708
0.62
37 Michigan
54,586
0.59
38 North Dakota
3,222
0.49
39 Iowa
10,564
0.36
40 Wisconsin
9,466
0.2
41 Connecticut
4,615
0.15
42 Pennsylvania
16,900
0.14
43 New Jersey
8,675
0.12
44 Rhode Island
1,015
0.11
45 New Hampshire
907
0.1
45 Vermont
501
0.1
46 New York
15,331
0.09
47 Maine
779
0.07
48 Minnesota
2,547
0.06
49 Massachusetts
2,865
0.05


* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]