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Elbert County, Georgia

Religious Traditions, 2010

7,392 1,278 2,393   178 193 8,732
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 5,913 293.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 14 2,074 102.8
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 730 36.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 630 31.2
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 426 21.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 377 18.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 304 15.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 192 9.5
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 178 8.8
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 170 8.4
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 122 6.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 65 3.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 59 2.9
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 55 2.7
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 35 1.7
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
1 31 1.5
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 29 1.4
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 20 1.0
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 16 0.8
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 7 0.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 1 0.0
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Totals: 66 11,434  

The population of Elbert County, Georgia was 20,166 in 2010; in 2000 it was 20,511. The total population changed -1.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (11,434) included 56.7% 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 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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