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Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska

Religious Traditions, 2010

15,076 193 2,271 112 3,354 5,650 62,339
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 32 0.8
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 46 1.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 350 8.8
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 6 3,200 80.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 55 1.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 4 131 3.3
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 128 3.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 146 3.7
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 27 0.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 7 2,589 65.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 266 6.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 149 3.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 298 7.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 670 16.9
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 51 1.3
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 400 10.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 469 11.8
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 154 3.9
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 702 17.7
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 44 1.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 356 9.0
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,470 37.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 128 3.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 133 3.4
Totals: 57 11,994  

The population of Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska was 39,683 in 1990; in 1980 it was 17,816. The total population changed 122.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (11,994) included 30.2% of the total population in 1990.

* 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 the Catholic Church, 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 for those who are interested in these trends.


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]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.

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