Southern Baptist Convention States (2000) [ Counties | Metro Areas ]
  QuickLists > U.S. Religious Groups > Southern Baptist Convention
Search QuickLists:

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.

[ More information on the data source ]

Complete List

Ranking State   [Download CSV]AdherentsPercent
2 Alabama
1,380,121
31.03
18 Alaska
22,959
3.66
20 Arizona
138,516
2.7
4 Arkansas
665,307
24.89
30 California
471,119
1.39
26 Colorado
85,083
1.98
47 Connecticut
5,681
0.17
36 Delaware
6,310
0.81
16 District Of Columbia
38,852
6.79
14 Florida
1,292,097
8.08
8 Georgia
1,719,484
21
27 Hawaii
20,901
1.73
31 Idaho
15,456
1.19
22 Illinois
305,838
2.46
24 Indiana
124,452
2.05
40 Iowa
13,322
0.46
17 Kansas
101,696
3.78
6 Kentucky
979,994
24.25
10 Louisiana
768,587
17.2
45 Maine
2,373
0.19
21 Maryland
142,401
2.69
47 Massachusetts
10,867
0.17
38 Michigan
56,004
0.56
49 Minnesota
5,458
0.11
1 Mississippi
916,440
32.22
12 Missouri
797,732
14.26
28 Montana
15,318
1.7
33 Nebraska
17,109
1
25 Nevada
40,233
2.01
42 New Hampshire
3,402
0.28
44 New Jersey
18,035
0.21
15 New Mexico
132,675
7.29
48 New York
24,364
0.13
9 North Carolina
1,512,058
18.78
39 North Dakota
3,150
0.49
29 Ohio
187,227
1.65
3 Oklahoma
967,223
28.03
34 Oregon
32,433
0.95
41 Pennsylvania
44,432
0.36
46 Rhode Island
1,903
0.18
7 South Carolina
928,341
23.14
35 South Dakota
6,608
0.88
5 Tennessee
1,414,199
24.86
11 Texas
3,519,459
16.88
37 Utah
13,258
0.59
47 Vermont
1,008
0.17
13 Virginia
774,637
10.94
32 Washington
62,309
1.06
23 West Virginia
43,606
2.41
43 Wisconsin
14,329
0.27
19 Wyoming
17,101
3.46


* 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]