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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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 1,739 5.4
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 686 2.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 16 5,317 16.6
Bahá'í Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Buddhists Other Other Groups 9 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 17 26,784 83.8
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 514 1.6
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 255 0.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 2,667 8.3
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 362 1.1
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 238 0.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 1,653 5.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 118 0.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 25 10,895 34.1
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 1,399 4.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,219 3.8
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 317 1.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 25 0.1
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 267 0.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 8 1,932 6.0
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 954 3.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 235 0.7
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 11 5,387 16.9
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 150 0.5
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 137 0.4
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 107 0.3
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 566 1.8
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 450 1.4
Hindus Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 900 2.8
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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3 7,000 21.9
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 219 0.7
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 17 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 26 0.1
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Jewish Other Judaism 3 2,300 7.2
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 2,963 9.3
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 30 0.1
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 23 0.1
Moravian Church in America--Alaska Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 19 0.1
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 1,218 3.8
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 641 2.0
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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--- --- ---
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 9,631 30.1
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 128 0.4
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 38 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 2,494 7.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 626 2.0
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 40 0.1
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 11 1,986 6.2
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 34 14,463 45.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 251 0.8
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 2,558 8.0
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 518 1.6
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 60 0.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 802 2.5
Totals: 281 113,324  

The population of the Anchorage, AK, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 319,605 in 2000; in 1990 it was 266,021. The total population changed 20.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (113,324) included 35.5% of the total population in 2000.

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.