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Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Religious Traditions, 2010

33,089 22,301 17,055 1,049 106,088 12,006 152,241
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 53 106,088 308.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 43 14,758 42.9
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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3 10,050 29.2
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 23 9,221 26.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 22 6,568 19.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 14 5,271 15.3
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 8 4,098 11.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 3,906 11.4
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 2 3,305 9.6
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 14 3,233 9.4
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 6 2,412 7.0
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 2,395 7.0
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 2,252 6.5
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 12 2,095 6.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 2,066 6.0
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 6 1,848 5.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 13 1,615 4.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 1,590 4.6
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 1 1,562 4.5
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 10 1,019 3.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 900 2.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 717 2.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 681 2.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 641 1.9
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 638 1.9
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 309 0.9
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 2 225 0.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 195 0.6
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 190 0.6
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 181 0.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 170 0.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 138 0.4
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 127 0.4
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 120 0.3
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 120 0.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 120 0.3
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 119 0.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 111 0.3
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 102 0.3
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 96 0.3
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 90 0.3
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 1 78 0.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 66 0.2
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 40 0.1
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 30 0.1
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 16 0.0
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 1 14 0.0
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 2 0.0
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 --- ---
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 8 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 331 191,588  

The population of Orleans Parish, Louisiana was 343,829 in 2010; in 2000 it was 484,674. The total population changed -29.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (191,588) included 55.7% 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 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.