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Cape Girardeau, MO-IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

41,228 963 10,449 27 12,860 927 29,821
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 40 13,240 137.5
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 25 7,265 75.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 16 9,647 100.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 11,256 116.9
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
9 4,597 47.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 8 586 6.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 7 12,860 133.6
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 746 7.7
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 --- ---
Congregational Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 239 2.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 459 4.8
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 4 --- ---
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 334 3.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,081 11.2
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 484 5.0
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 3 412 4.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 787 8.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 129 1.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 99 1.0
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 169 1.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 395 4.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 157 1.6
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 24 0.2
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 293 3.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 27 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 1 448 4.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 235 2.4
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 35 0.4
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 101 1.0
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 90 0.9
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 67 0.7
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 142 1.5
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 50 0.5
Totals: 181 66,454  

The population of the Cape Girardeau, MO-IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 96,275 in 2010; in 2000 it was 90,312. The total population changed 6.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (66,454) included 69.0% of the total population in 2010.

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 3 counties: Alexander County, Illinois, Bollinger County, Missouri, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.

* 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 for those who are interested in these trends.


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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