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Des Moines County, Iowa

Religious Traditions, 2010

4,211 158 8,031   4,521 654 22,750
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
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 725 15.7
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 592 12.8
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 7 6,103 132.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 1 888 19.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 224 4.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 21 0.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 219 4.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 632 13.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 64 1.4
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 335 7.3
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 334 7.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 6 3,973 86.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 22 0.5
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 90 1.9
Jewish Other Judaism 1 12 0.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 101 2.2
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 486 10.5
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 927 20.1
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 375 8.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,432 31.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 162 3.5
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 361 7.8
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 373 8.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 67 1.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 2,142 46.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 12 4,726 102.3
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 98 2.1
Totals: 63 25,484  

The population of Des Moines County, Iowa was 46,203 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (25,484) included 55.2% of the total population in 1980.

* 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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