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Joplin, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

72,810 502 11,414   7,029 3,979 79,784
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
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 38 0.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 20 7,643 59.9
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 151 1.2
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 7 5,245 41.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 5 1,649 12.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 19 5,297 41.5
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 405 3.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 339 2.7
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 54 0.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 905 7.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 55 0.4
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 2,374 18.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 17 2,248 17.6
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 259 2.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 1,374 10.8
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 179 1.4
Fire Baptized Holiness Church, (Wesleyan), The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 53 0.4
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 148 1.2
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 152 1.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 86 0.7
Jewish Other Judaism 1 140 1.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,662 13.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 70 0.5
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 163 1.3
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 100 0.8
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 21 2,715 21.3
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 39 0.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 754 5.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 310 2.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 68 28,465 223.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 14 0.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 17 0.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 35 8,553 67.1
Totals: 243 71,656  

The population of the Joplin, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 127,513 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (71,656) included 56.2% of the total population in 1980.

Joplin, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 2 counties: Jasper County, Missouri, Newton County, Missouri.

* 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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