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Fort Wayne, IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

102,536 10,108 38,204 931 59,237 4,043 201,198
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
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 71 26,318 76.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 33 28,829 83.3
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 28 52,199 150.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 28 16,919 48.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 16 4,090 11.8
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 3,037 8.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 3,533 10.2
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 7,273 21.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 11 4,366 12.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 11 1,120 3.2
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 11 1,759 5.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 5,500 15.9
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 1,762 5.1
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 1,163 3.4
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 2,205 6.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 6 2,505 7.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 772 2.2
Fellowship of Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 874 2.5
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 83 0.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,308 3.8
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 718 2.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 431 1.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 191 0.6
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 851 2.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 2,058 5.9
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 507 1.5
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 464 1.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 217 0.6
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 270 0.8
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 23 0.1
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 34 0.1
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 25 0.1
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 152 0.4
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups 1 56 0.2
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 11 0.0
Jewish Other Judaism 1 647 1.9
Mennonite Church, The General Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 318 0.9
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 431 1.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 285 0.8
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 0 40 0.1
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Totals: 338 173,344  

The population of the Fort Wayne, IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 345,951 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (173,344) included 50.1% of the total population in 1980.

Fort Wayne, IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 3 counties: Allen County, Indiana, Wells County, Indiana, Whitley 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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