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Oceana County, Michigan

Religious Traditions, 2010

1,819   2,435   5,084 242 16,990
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 Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 63 2.3
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 32 1.2
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 27 1.0
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 8 2,947 109.7
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 473 17.6
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 160 6.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 51 1.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 25 0.9
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 142 5.3
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 61 2.3
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 445 16.6
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 780 29.0
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 225 8.4
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 54 2.0
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 139 5.2
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 320 11.9
Reformed Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 38 1.4
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 71 2.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 576 21.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 1,079 40.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 854 31.8
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 126 4.7
Totals: 42 8,688  

The population of Oceana County, Michigan was 26,873 in 2000; in 1990 it was 22,454. The total population changed 19.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (8,688) included 32.3% of the total population in 2000.

* 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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