Evangelical Protestant States (2010) [ Counties | [ Metro Areas ]
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Evangelical Protestant denominations and churches emphasize conversion and evangelism, hold biblical authority in high regard and tend to seek more separation from the broader culture. Evangelical Protestantism is usually seen as more theologically and socially conservative than mainline Protestantism, although there is obviously variation among evangelical denominations, congregations and individuals. Evangelical Protestant denominations include the Southern Baptist Convention, Assemblies of God and the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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 Evangelical Protestant denominations. 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

RankingState   [Download CSV]AdherentsPercent
1 Alabama
2,009,448
42.04
2 Oklahoma
1,531,381
40.82
3 Mississippi
1,168,450
39.38
4 Arkansas
1,136,611
38.98
5 Tennessee
2,384,381
37.57
6 Kentucky
1,448,947
33.39
7 South Carolina
1,410,988
30.51
8 Georgia
2,853,360
29.45
9 North Carolina
2,585,530
27.11
10 Texas
6,456,168
25.68
11 Missouri
1,518,847
25.36
12 Louisiana
1,064,486
23.48
13 Virginia
1,531,731
19.14
14 Indiana
1,238,154
19.1
15 Kansas
516,818
18.11
16 Florida
3,049,524
16.22
17 Nebraska
288,965
15.82
18 South Dakota
118,142
14.51
19 Alaska
100,960
14.22
20 Wisconsin
806,028
14.17
21 Minnesota
744,910
14.04
22 West Virginia
249,756
13.48
23 New Mexico
277,326
13.47
24 Iowa
402,376
13.21
25 Ohio
1,491,845
12.93
26 Michigan
1,277,144
12.92
27 Idaho
201,546
12.86
27 Illinois
1,649,402
12.86
28 District Of Columbia
75,306
12.52
29 Montana
121,064
12.24
30 Washington
820,643
12.2
31 Maryland
693,990
12.02
32 Colorado
601,009
11.95
33 Arizona
762,376
11.93
34 North Dakota
78,607
11.69
35 Oregon
447,009
11.67
36 Wyoming
59,247
10.51
37 Hawaii
130,265
9.58
38 California
3,502,250
9.4
39 Pennsylvania
1,078,477
8.49
40 Nevada
213,188
7.89
41 Delaware
64,625
7.2
42 New York
871,326
4.5
43 Maine
59,052
4.45
44 Connecticut
157,336
4.4
45 New Jersey
380,347
4.33
46 Vermont
22,630
3.62
47 New Hampshire
47,128
3.58
48 Massachusetts
224,726
3.43
49 Rhode Island
26,242
2.49
50 Utah
63,040
2.28


* 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]




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