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Birmingham-Hoover, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

510,091 114,079 93,663 1,482 64,998 16,487 327,247
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
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 41 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 32 22,157 23.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 58 13,977 14.6
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 18 0.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 399 0.4
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 84,882 88.7
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 38 42,662 44.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 1,165 1.2
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 125 0.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 8 1,790 1.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 272 0.3
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 23 1,585 1.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 111 16,580 17.3
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 27 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 42 1,847 1.9
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 12 3,298 3.4
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 101 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 33 4,733 4.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 160 19,903 20.8
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 2,962 3.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 22 12,136 12.7
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 5 1,737 1.8
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 88 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 18 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 7,200 7.5
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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11 9,300 9.7
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 658 0.7
Jewish Other Judaism 4 5,100 5.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 11 2,274 2.4
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 267 0.3
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 147 0.2
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 36 4,340 4.5
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 92 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 39 11,864 12.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 7,663 8.0
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 15 627 0.7
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 226 0.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 19 4,454 4.7
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 614 315,453 329.7
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 167 0.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 318 0.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 240 81,731 85.4
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 257 0.3
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 70 0.1
Totals: 1,640 684,711  

The population of the Birmingham-Hoover, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 956,844 in 1990; in 1980 it was 930,281. The total population changed 2.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (684,711) included 71.6% of the total population in 1990.

Birmingham-Hoover, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 7 counties: Bibb County, Alabama, Blount County, Alabama, Chilton County, Alabama, Jefferson County, Alabama, Shelby County, Alabama, St. Clair County, Alabama, Walker County, Alabama.

* 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.