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Memphis, TN-MS-AR, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

391,866 177,634 110,838 1,125 69,529 29,153 544,684
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 51 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 1,176 1.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 3,290 3.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 37 10,597 9.9
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 1,364 1.3
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 2,350 2.2
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 69 0.1
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 127,603 118.7
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 39 53,293 49.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 83 0.1
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 58 0.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 18 10,325 9.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 1,746 1.6
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 3 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 295 0.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 22 2,818 2.6
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 332 0.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 10 3,485 3.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 17 2,297 2.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 132 32,143 29.9
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 20 3,800 3.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 32 11,259 10.5
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 60 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 9 2,230 2.1
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 51 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 4,028 3.7
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 52 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 5,150 4.8
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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10 12,747 11.9
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 764 0.7
Jewish Other Judaism 5 10,001 9.3
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 21 0.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 13 5,079 4.7
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 506 0.5
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 253 0.2
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 52 14,399 13.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 582 0.5
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 211 0.2
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 329 0.3
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 15 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 15 4,222 3.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 261 240,624 223.8
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 694 0.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 239 0.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 166 63,436 59.0
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 10 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 148 0.1
Totals: 969 634,285  

The population of the Memphis, TN-MS-AR, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 1,075,309 in 1990; in 1980 it was 1,005,997. The total population changed 6.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (634,285) included 59.0% of the total population in 1990.

Memphis, TN-MS-AR, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 9 counties: Benton County, Mississippi, Crittenden County, Arkansas, DeSoto County, Mississippi, Fayette County, Tennessee, Marshall County, Mississippi, Shelby County, Tennessee, Tate County, Mississippi, Tipton County, Tennessee, Tunica 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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.