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Decatur, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

75,358 3,549 12,862   8,467 943 52,650
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
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 307 2.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 1,794 13.6
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 6,796 51.7
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 2,411 18.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 4 574 4.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 3 372 2.8
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 667 5.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 1,182 9.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 176 1.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 567 4.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 457 3.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 40 5,809 44.2
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 20 0.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 776 5.9
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 35 0.3
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 500 3.8
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 700 5.3
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 666 5.1
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 674 5.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,574 12.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 181 1.4
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 167 1.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 120 0.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 337 2.6
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 103 49,869 379.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 57 12,894 98.0
Totals: 268 89,625  

The population of the Decatur, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 131,556 in 1990; in 1980 it was 120,401. The total population changed 9.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (89,625) included 68.1% of the total population in 1990.

Decatur, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 2 counties: Lawrence County, Alabama, Morgan 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 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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