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Hamilton County, Tennessee

Religious Traditions, 2010

137,194 14,525 31,981 388 12,685 6,187 133,503
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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 77 0.3
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 1,802 6.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 868 3.0
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 5 8,245 28.7
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 281 1.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 3 1,043 3.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 2 806 2.8
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 3,654 12.7
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 690 2.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 41 6,579 22.9
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 25 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 604 2.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 2,181 7.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 40 6,690 23.3
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 2,239 7.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 9 4,951 17.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 1,314 4.6
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 101 0.4
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 11 0.0
Jewish Other Judaism 2 866 3.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,603 5.6
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 0 54 0.2
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 36 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 7,589 26.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 3,361 11.7
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 1,116 3.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 12 5,873 20.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 98 61,957 215.3
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 73 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 151 0.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 504 1.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 47 24,975 86.8
Totals: 336 150,319  

The population of Hamilton County, Tennessee was 287,740 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (150,319) included 52.2% 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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