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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
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 188 1.1
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 107 0.6
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 2,510 14.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 47 0.3
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 1 15 0.1
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 7 7,029 40.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 109 0.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 3 1,073 6.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 33 12,449 70.9
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 296 1.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 406 2.3
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 --- ---
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 82 0.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 6 3,225 18.4
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 2,114 12.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 20 2,514 14.3
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 4 540 3.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 1,118 6.4
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 138 0.8
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 152 0.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 111 0.6
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 98 0.6
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 63 0.4
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 127 0.7
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 15 0.1
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 8 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 1,131 6.4
Mennonite Christian Fellowship* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 127 0.7
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 26 0.1
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 60 0.3
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 312 1.8
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 314 1.8
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 314 1.8
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
27 10,668 60.8
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 544 3.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 916 5.2
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 75 0.4
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 92 0.5
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 285 1.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 181 1.0
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 78 38,305 218.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 78 0.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 27 7,780 44.3
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 309 95,734  

The population of the Joplin, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 175,518 in 2010; in 2000 it was 157,322. The total population changed 11.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (95,734) included 54.5% of the total population in 2010.

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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