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Shelby County, Tennessee

Religious Traditions, 2010

260,401 150,894 87,990 1,125 61,202 26,520 339,512
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 27 4,233 4.6
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 1,127 1.2
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 75 0.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 2,728 2.9
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 0.3
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 50 0.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 7,246 7.8
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 143 0.2
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 229 0.2
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 5 1,363 1.5
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 3 425 0.5
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 1 52 0.1
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 28 60,500 65.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 12 0.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 18 31,431 33.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 3 2,098 2.3
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 33 7,953 8.6
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A. Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 54 0.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 946 1.0
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 83 42,795 46.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 229 0.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 12 5,776 6.2
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 19 2,302 2.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 65 18,798 20.3
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 156 0.2
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 756 0.8
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.1
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 1,502 1.6
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 18 7,009 7.6
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 30 0.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 743 0.8
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 13,973 15.1
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 46 0.0
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 6 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 550 0.6
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 2 1,792 1.9
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 2 41 0.0
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 3,000 3.2
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 96 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 473 0.5
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 15 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 10 3,422 3.7
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 8 4,468 4.8
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 240 0.3
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 8 2,037 2.2
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 103 76,893 82.9
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 15 3,256 3.5
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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145 63,204 68.1
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 125 0.1
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 4 3,575 3.9
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 30 0.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 19 7,274 7.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 3,592 3.9
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 8 12,600 13.6
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 4,223 4.6
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 451 0.5
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 9 3,974 4.3
Sikh Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 155 137,244 147.9
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 3 664 0.7
United Catholic Church, Inc. Catholic Catholicism 1 702 0.8
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 778 0.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 57 37,981 40.9
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 73 0.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 35 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 159 0.2
Totals: 1,026 588,132  

The population of Shelby County, Tennessee was 927,644 in 2010; in 2000 it was 897,472. The total population changed 3.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (588,132) included 63.4% of the total population in 2010.

* 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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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