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Polk County, Florida

Religious Traditions, 2010

148,424 10,761 31,347 307 45,251 8,630 357,375
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 152 66,149 109.9
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 13 45,251 75.2
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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95 30,343 50.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 33 18,798 31.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 45 13,492 22.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 35 8,950 14.9
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 6,803 11.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 14 4,819 8.0
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 17 4,574 7.6
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 9 4,568 7.6
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 10 4,530 7.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 3,860 6.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 26 3,597 6.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 12 3,473 5.8
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 2,947 4.9
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 2,794 4.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 18 2,308 3.8
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 1,989 3.3
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 1,815 3.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,583 2.6
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,501 2.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 1,216 2.0
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 6 984 1.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 980 1.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 750 1.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 728 1.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 631 1.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 492 0.8
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 1 350 0.6
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 326 0.5
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 316 0.5
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 301 0.5
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 4 294 0.5
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 270 0.4
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 260 0.4
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 239 0.4
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 217 0.4
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 200 0.3
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 196 0.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 186 0.3
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 183 0.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 169 0.3
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 165 0.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 160 0.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 122 0.2
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 121 0.2
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 121 0.2
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 1 102 0.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 100 0.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 91 0.2
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 90 0.1
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 67 0.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 65 0.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 44 0.1
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 40 0.1
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 --- ---
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 3 --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 --- ---
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 12 --- ---
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church General Assembly Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Totals: 676 244,720  

The population of Polk County, Florida was 602,095 in 2010; in 2000 it was 483,924. The total population changed 24.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (244,720) included 40.6% of the total population in 2010.

* 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 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]

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.