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Porter County, Indiana

Religious Traditions, 2010

23,857   10,640 860 29,583 1,136 98,267
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
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
23 6,377 38.8
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 4,865 29.6
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 8 29,583 180.0
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 8 1,549 9.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 4,802 29.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,213 7.4
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 4,234 25.8
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,397 8.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,299 7.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 4 355 2.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 2,116 12.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 2,660 16.2
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 3 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 2 807 4.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 585 3.6
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 74 0.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 1,116 6.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 451 2.7
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 286 1.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 437 2.7
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 87 0.5
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 90 0.5
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 124 0.8
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 120 0.7
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 21 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 800 4.9
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 65 0.4
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 57 0.3
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 60 0.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 110 0.7
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 70 0.4
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 246 1.5
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 16 0.1
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 4 0.0
Totals: 134 66,076  

The population of Porter County, Indiana was 164,343 in 2010; in 2000 it was 146,798. The total population changed 12.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (66,076) included 40.2% 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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