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Lima, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

17,301 4,351 14,934   17,946 950 50,849
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 8 17,946 168.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 27 7,302 68.7
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
20 5,102 48.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 3,774 35.5
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 4 3,431 32.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 7 3,068 28.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,609 15.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 1,443 13.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 2 1,290 12.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,289 12.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 1,167 11.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 907 8.5
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 708 6.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 674 6.3
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 616 5.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 577 5.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 545 5.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 3 478 4.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 5 401 3.8
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 368 3.5
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 368 3.5
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 353 3.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 290 2.7
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 272 2.6
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 184 1.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 175 1.6
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 173 1.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 167 1.6
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 157 1.5
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 133 1.3
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 113 1.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 1.0
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 103 1.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 82 0.8
Reformed Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 33 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 24 0.2
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 22 0.2
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 20 0.2
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 9 0.1
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 --- ---
Assemblies of God International Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups 2 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 0 ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Totals: 156 55,482  

The population of the Lima, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 106,331 in 2010; in 2000 it was 108,473. The total population changed -2.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (55,482) included 52.2% of the total population in 2010.

Lima, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Allen County, Ohio.

* 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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