United Methodist Church, The States (2010) [ Counties | Metro Areas ]
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The United Methodist Church, the third-largest church in America, continues the Methodist movement founded in the 18th century in England by John Wesley. In 1968, a long process of consolidation of various Methodist churches in the United States culminated in the formation of the United Methodist Church by the merger of the Methodist Church (1939-1968) and the United Evangelical Brethren.

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 United Methodist Church, The. 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
8 Alabama
295,636
6.19
42 Alaska
5,585
0.79
40 Arizona
54,977
0.86
14 Arkansas
158,574
5.44
45 California
232,399
0.62
35 Colorado
78,881
1.57
38 Connecticut
47,627
1.33
9 Delaware
53,656
5.98
32 District Of Columbia
10,664
1.77
24 Florida
468,080
2.49
7 Georgia
619,394
6.39
46 Hawaii
8,304
0.61
37 Idaho
21,315
1.36
25 Illinois
314,461
2.45
13 Indiana
355,043
5.48
1 Iowa
235,190
7.72
4 Kansas
202,989
7.11
17 Kentucky
189,596
4.37
22 Louisiana
146,848
3.24
28 Maine
28,329
2.13
19 Maryland
238,774
4.14
41 Massachusetts
52,339
0.8
27 Michigan
228,521
2.31
30 Minnesota
101,856
1.92
6 Mississippi
204,165
6.88
21 Missouri
226,409
3.78
34 Montana
16,244
1.64
9 Nebraska
109,283
5.98
47 Nevada
13,148
0.49
36 New Hampshire
18,029
1.37
35 New Jersey
138,052
1.57
32 New Mexico
36,424
1.77
33 New York
328,315
1.69
5 North Carolina
659,064
6.91
23 North Dakota
17,336
2.58
18 Ohio
496,232
4.3
2 Oklahoma
282,347
7.53
43 Oregon
29,406
0.77
15 Pennsylvania
591,734
4.66
44 Rhode Island
6,901
0.66
10 South Carolina
274,111
5.93
16 South Dakota
36,020
4.42
11 Tennessee
375,693
5.92
20 Texas
1,035,168
4.12
48 Utah
6,156
0.22
26 Vermont
14,710
2.35
12 Virginia
467,417
5.84
39 Washington
66,616
0.99
3 West Virginia
136,929
7.39
29 Wisconsin
114,938
2.02
31 Wyoming
10,768
1.91


* 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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