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Elkhart-Goshen, IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

52,931 3,889 13,375 248 10,765 1,259 115,092
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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 72 0.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 2,535 16.2
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 598 3.8
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 2,431 15.6
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 1,929 12.3
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 180 1.2
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 5 11,461 73.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 52 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 2 568 3.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 323 2.1
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 248 1.6
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 1,147 7.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 404 2.6
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 43 0.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 536 3.4
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 19 4,283 27.4
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 1,611 10.3
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 66 0.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 3 380 2.4
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 238 1.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 1,322 8.5
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 130 0.8
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 10 3,811 24.4
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 195 1.2
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
4 1,910 12.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 1,179 7.5
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 48 11,280 72.2
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 3,584 22.9
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 78 0.5
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 18 2,700 17.3
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 227 1.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,955 12.5
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 23 0.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 211 1.4
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 248 1.6
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 261 1.7
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 178 1.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,762 11.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 22 10,376 66.4
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 105 0.7
Totals: 227 70,640  

The population of the Elkhart-Goshen, IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 156,198 in 1990; in 1980 it was 137,330. The total population changed 13.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (70,640) included 45.2% of the total population in 1990.

Elkhart-Goshen, IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Elkhart County, Indiana.

* 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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