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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
2 Alabama
1,392,363
29.13
19 Alaska
19,891
2.8
23 Arizona
126,830
1.98
6 Arkansas
661,382
22.68
30 California
489,953
1.32
27 Colorado
71,166
1.42
45 Connecticut
7,271
0.2
33 Delaware
7,387
0.82
16 District Of Columbia
26,600
4.42
14 Florida
1,247,345
6.63
8 Georgia
1,759,317
18.16
29 Hawaii
18,520
1.36
32 Idaho
13,037
0.83
22 Illinois
283,519
2.21
24 Indiana
112,064
1.73
38 Iowa
16,466
0.54
17 Kansas
99,329
3.48
5 Kentucky
1,004,407
23.15
10 Louisiana
709,650
15.65
45 Maine
2,681
0.2
20 Maryland
150,345
2.6
44 Massachusetts
15,326
0.23
37 Michigan
54,533
0.55
47 Minnesota
5,412
0.1
1 Mississippi
907,384
30.58
12 Missouri
749,685
12.52
28 Montana
13,537
1.37
31 Nebraska
16,418
0.9
25 Nevada
45,535
1.69
46 New Hampshire
2,288
0.17
41 New Jersey
28,546
0.32
15 New Mexico
113,452
5.51
46 New York
32,271
0.17
9 North Carolina
1,513,059
15.87
41 North Dakota
2,151
0.32
26 Ohio
171,951
1.49
3 Oklahoma
886,394
23.63
36 Oregon
26,925
0.7
39 Pennsylvania
60,116
0.47
47 Rhode Island
1,071
0.1
7 South Carolina
913,763
19.76
35 South Dakota
6,069
0.75
4 Tennessee
1,483,356
23.37
11 Texas
3,721,318
14.8
40 Utah
12,593
0.46
43 Vermont
1,870
0.3
13 Virginia
763,655
9.54
34 Washington
51,665
0.77
21 West Virginia
42,834
2.31
42 Wisconsin
17,767
0.31
18 Wyoming
15,812
2.81


* 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]