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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 Mississippi
869,942
33.81
2 Alabama
1,313,907
32.52
3 Oklahoma
964,615
30.67
4 Tennessee
1,343,312
27.54
5 Arkansas
617,524
26.27
6 Kentucky
962,945
26.13
7 South Carolina
894,390
25.65
8 Georgia
1,582,520
24.43
9 North Carolina
1,446,228
21.82
10 Texas
3,259,395
19.19
11 Louisiana
757,639
17.95
12 Missouri
789,183
15.42
13 Virginia
742,860
12.01
14 New Mexico
158,873
10.49
15 Florida
1,167,850
9.03
16 Alaska
28,718
5.22
17 Arizona
162,887
4.44
18 Wyoming
18,674
4.12
19 Kansas
96,524
3.9
20 District Of Columbia
17,597
2.9
21 Maryland
131,627
2.75
22 Illinois
292,644
2.56
23 Colorado
81,627
2.48
24 West Virginia
43,161
2.41
25 Nevada
27,889
2.32
26 Indiana
115,560
2.08
27 Hawaii
20,331
1.83
28 Ohio
188,219
1.74
29 California
504,516
1.7
30 Idaho
15,802
1.57
31 Montana
11,776
1.47
32 Washington
60,307
1.24
33 Oregon
31,260
1.1
34 South Dakota
7,300
1.05
35 Delaware
5,772
0.87
36 Utah
14,227
0.83
37 Nebraska
12,175
0.77
38 North Dakota
4,470
0.7
39 Michigan
61,953
0.67
40 Iowa
13,960
0.5
41 Connecticut
8,925
0.27
42 New Hampshire
2,785
0.25
43 Wisconsin
10,782
0.22
44 Pennsylvania
24,782
0.21
45 Massachusetts
9,978
0.17
46 Rhode Island
1,641
0.16
47 Vermont
860
0.15
48 Maine
1,754
0.14
48 New Jersey
10,881
0.14
49 New York
22,917
0.13
50 Minnesota
5,218
0.12


* 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]