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Gadsden, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

64,316 4,813 5,816   7,624 1,437 20,424
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 104 50,648 485.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 32 5,119 49.0
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
23 3,962 37.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 3,419 32.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 1,760 16.9
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 12 3,681 35.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 1,086 10.4
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 140 1.3
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 375 3.6
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 512 4.9
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 235 2.3
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 273 2.6
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 85 0.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 355 3.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 669 6.4
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 616 5.9
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 363 3.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 543 5.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 378 3.6
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 7,624 73.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 64 0.6
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 21 0.2
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 121 1.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 814 7.8
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 751 7.2
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 28 0.3
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 187 1.8
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 170 1.6
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 7 0.1
Totals: 256 84,006  

The population of the Gadsden, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 104,430 in 2010; in 2000 it was 103,459. The total population changed 0.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (84,006) included 80.4% of the total population in 2010.

Gadsden, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Etowah 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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