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Hattiesburg, MS, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

65,996 860 10,930   7,032 2,840 55,184
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 Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 430 3.0
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 375 2.6
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 434 3.0
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 16 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 4 7,032 49.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 1 104 0.7
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 246 1.7
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 45 0.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 1,537 10.8
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 184 1.3
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 40 0.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,751 12.3
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 89 0.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 7 734 5.1
Congregational Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 63 0.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 774 5.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 25 0.2
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 37 0.3
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 5 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 4 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 256 1.8
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 3 924 6.5
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 400 2.8
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 0 ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
16 6,098 42.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 301 2.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,518 10.6
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 124 0.9
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 315 2.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 842 5.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 85 53,213 372.5
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 25 0.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 35 9,726 68.1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 --- ---
Totals: 236 87,658  

The population of the Hattiesburg, MS, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 142,842 in 2010; in 2000 it was 123,812. The total population changed 15.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (87,658) included 61.4% of the total population in 2010.

Hattiesburg, MS, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 3 counties: Forrest County, Mississippi, Lamar County, Mississippi, Perry County, Mississippi.

* 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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