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Kent County, Michigan

Religious Traditions, 2010

141,345 8,454 47,892 1,730 114,437 15,674 273,090
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
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 78 40,115 90.2
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 44 84,869 190.9
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 36 21,761 49.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 30 11,849 26.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 16 7,169 16.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 10,673 24.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 12 8,691 19.6
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 11 4,340 9.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 2,264 5.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 5,084 11.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 7 700 1.6
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,474 3.3
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 5 2,353 5.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 228 0.5
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 1,442 3.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 933 2.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 1,149 2.6
Protestant Reformed Churches in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,423 3.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 781 1.8
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 450 1.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 406 0.9
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 598 1.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 1,094 2.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 2 1,475 3.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 888 2.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 46 0.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 780 1.8
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 121 0.3
Jewish Other Judaism 2 826 1.9
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 119 0.3
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 66 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,272 2.9
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 172 0.4
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 1,875 4.2
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 100 0.2
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 451 1.0
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 26 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 147 0.3
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 39 0.1
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 120 0.3
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 668 1.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 260 0.6
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 122 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 17 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 251 0.6
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 0 40 0.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Totals: 346 219,727  

The population of Kent County, Michigan was 444,506 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (219,727) included 49.4% 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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