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Wayne County, Michigan

Religious Traditions, 2010

183,985 124,432 85,387 17,580 297,283 79,840 1,032,077
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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 40,932 17.5
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 100 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 30 23,113 9.9
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 24 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,180 0.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 29 9,650 4.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 217 644,216 275.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 756 0.3
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 12 1,425 0.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 6 1,634 0.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 10 1,853 0.8
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 860 0.4
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 7,740 3.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 28 3,770 1.6
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 23 0.0
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 6 2,295 1.0
Church of Jesus Christ, The (Bickertonites) Other Latter-day Saints 4 301 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 364 0.2
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 26 0.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 2,539 1.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 44 9,825 4.2
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 162 0.1
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 1,042 0.4
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 48 23,223 9.9
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 60 0.0
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 625 0.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 72 31,498 13.5
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 3,159 1.4
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 88 0.0
General Church of the New Jerusalem Other Spiritualist 1 73 0.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 101 0.0
Jewish Other Judaism 2 4,015 1.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 64 47,599 20.4
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 51 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 200 0.1
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 381 0.2
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 261 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 3,492 1.5
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 1,444 0.6
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 57 44,376 19.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 2,671 1.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 5,468 2.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 15 6,093 2.6
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 42 13,841 5.9
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 1 73 0.0
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 280 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 917 0.4
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 25 15,721 6.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 68 34,902 14.9
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 13 6,173 2.6
Totals: 912 1,000,615  

The population of Wayne County, Michigan was 2,337,891 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,000,615) included 42.8% 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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