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Knoxville, TN, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

366,830 10,207 80,768 1,098 30,928 10,767 336,973
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 Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 21 12,411 20.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 1,024 1.6
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 679 1.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 15 12,860 20.7
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 186 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 6 1,826 2.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 21 3,525 5.7
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 956 1.5
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 441 0.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 47 5,581 9.0
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 7 1,859 3.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 88 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 1,224 2.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 42 6,511 10.5
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 2,783 4.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 12 4,642 7.5
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 10 3,179 5.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 254 0.4
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 57 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 5 417 0.7
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 40 0.1
Jewish Other Judaism 3 791 1.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 1,738 2.8
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 96 0.2
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 50 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 55 16,039 25.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 623 1.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 237 0.4
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 28 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 11 1,603 2.6
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 524 253,571 407.8
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 18 0.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 783 1.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 197 0.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 168 54,760 88.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 53 0.1
Totals: 1,031 391,130  

The population of the Knoxville, TN, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 621,773 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (391,130) included 62.9% of the total population in 1980.

Knoxville, TN, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 9 counties: Anderson County, Tennessee, Blount County, Tennessee, Campbell County, Tennessee, Grainger County, Tennessee, Knox County, Tennessee, Loudon County, Tennessee, Morgan County, Tennessee, Roane County, Tennessee, Union County, Tennessee.

* 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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