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Anchorage, AK, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

59,754 1,321 13,698 2,327 26,323 26,037 251,361
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 16 26,323 69.1
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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79 24,414 64.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 39 19,245 50.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 45 12,159 31.9
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 28 4,936 13.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 14 4,421 11.6
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 4 3,405 8.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 12 3,223 8.5
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 2,746 7.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 12 2,485 6.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 2,216 5.8
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 1,832 4.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 9 1,797 4.7
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 1,607 4.2
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 1,591 4.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,585 4.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 1,581 4.2
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 1,380 3.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,349 3.5
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 3 924 2.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 899 2.4
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 773 2.0
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 4 757 2.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 684 1.8
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 3 618 1.6
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 605 1.6
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 4 487 1.3
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 462 1.2
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 439 1.2
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 416 1.1
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 2 334 0.9
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 321 0.8
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 316 0.8
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 270 0.7
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 264 0.7
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 234 0.6
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 234 0.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 194 0.5
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 194 0.5
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 160 0.4
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 132 0.3
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 125 0.3
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 120 0.3
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 113 0.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 113 0.3
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 0.3
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 107 0.3
Moravian Church in America--Alaska Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 107 0.3
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 99 0.3
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 79 0.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 76 0.2
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 72 0.2
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 1 60 0.2
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 50 0.1
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 47 0.1
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 40 0.1
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 2 35 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 30 0.1
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 1 20 0.1
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 18 0.0
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 16 0.0
Hindu, Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 12 0.0
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 0 ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 8 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 442 129,460  

The population of the Anchorage, AK, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 380,821 in 2010; in 2000 it was 319,605. The total population changed 19.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (129,460) included 34.0% of the total population in 2010.

Anchorage, AK, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 2 counties: Anchorage Municipality, Alaska, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska.

* 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.