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Jackson, MS, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

230,501 46,632 54,011 655 17,822 9,109 208,392
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 220 134,496 306.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 145 42,785 97.4
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 21 11,671 26.6
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 27 6,283 14.3
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 19 5,862 13.3
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 4,271 9.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 3,986 9.1
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 21 3,502 8.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 23 2,673 6.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 2,330 5.3
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 2,189 5.0
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,821 4.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 7 1,582 3.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 7 1,262 2.9
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,206 2.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,166 2.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 1,000 2.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 684 1.6
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 612 1.4
Jewish Other Judaism 1 523 1.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 356 0.8
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 273 0.6
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 222 0.5
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 215 0.5
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 204 0.5
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 136 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 60 0.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 58 0.1
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 48 0.1
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 23 0.1
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 18 0.0
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 16 0.0
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 15 0.0
Totals: 594 231,548  

The population of the Jackson, MS, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 439,331 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (231,548) included 52.7% of the total population in 1980.

Jackson, MS, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 6 counties: Copiah County, Mississippi, Hinds County, Mississippi, Madison County, Mississippi, Rankin County, Mississippi, Simpson County, Mississippi, Yazoo 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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