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Pierce County, Washington

Religious Traditions, 2010

121,041 4,817 34,906 605 69,558 49,446 514,852
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
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 18 5,698 9.7
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 10 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 29 13,485 23.0
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 78 0.1
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 11,565 19.7
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 24 53,259 90.9
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 692 1.2
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 24 0.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 8 1,612 2.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 2,263 3.9
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 434 0.7
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 5 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 257 0.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 276 0.5
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 68 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 68 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 38 16,534 28.2
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 2,144 3.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 1,677 2.9
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 2,064 3.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 10 3,648 6.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 555 0.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 30 15,804 27.0
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 638 1.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 870 1.5
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 209 0.4
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 212 0.4
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 6,000 10.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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2 730 1.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 35 0.1
Jewish Other Judaism 1 1,100 1.9
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 191 0.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 11 6,611 11.3
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 34 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 361 0.6
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 936 1.6
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 77 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 28 8,826 15.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 310 0.5
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 312 0.5
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 8 2,295 3.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 15 7,657 13.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 212 0.4
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 850 1.5
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 27 8,750 14.9
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 444 0.8
Totals: 371 179,875  

The population of Pierce County, Washington was 586,203 in 1990; in 1980 it was 485,643. The total population changed 20.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (179,875) included 30.7% of the total population in 1990.

* 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.