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Chaves County, New Mexico

Religious Traditions, 2010

17,026 448 2,193   14,031 1,399 30,548
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 Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 20 0.3
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 780 12.7
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 53 0.9
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 6 19,337 315.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 1 331 5.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 70 1.1
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 171 2.8
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 45 0.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 916 14.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 380 6.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 11 1,593 26.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 525 8.6
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 85 1.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 160 2.6
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 50 0.8
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 850 13.8
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
2 650 10.6
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Jewish Other Judaism --- --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 303 4.9
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
--- --- ---
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 29 0.5
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 90 1.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 991 16.1
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 201 3.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 225 3.7
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 18 7,920 129.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal --- --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 2,125 34.6
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 27 0.4
Totals: 86 37,927  

The population of Chaves County, New Mexico was 61,382 in 2000; in 1990 it was 57,849. The total population changed 6.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (37,927) included 61.8% 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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