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New Orleans-Metairie, LA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

148,824 37,566 46,861 1,349 382,392 24,786 548,088
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 5 2,816 2.2
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 446 0.3
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 38 14,193 11.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,347 1.0
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 126,178 98.2
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 164 546,806 425.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 7 554 0.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 5 1,139 0.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 54 0.0
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 7 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 242 0.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 2,297 1.8
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 9 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 200 0.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 13 3,848 3.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 687 0.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 21 3,413 2.7
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 457 0.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 24 11,201 8.7
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 170 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 12 3,284 2.6
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 39 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 3,400 2.6
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 500 0.4
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 721 0.6
Jewish Other Judaism 11 12,000 9.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 28 12,182 9.5
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 394 0.3
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 32 9,237 7.2
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 291 0.2
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 56 0.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 138 0.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 14 4,623 3.6
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 101 76,528 59.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 3 548 0.4
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 3,254 2.5
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 76 30,592 23.8
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 63 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 229 0.2
Totals: 637 874,136  

The population of the New Orleans-Metairie, LA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 1,285,270 in 1990; in 1980 it was 1,303,800. The total population changed -1.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (874,136) included 68.0% of the total population in 1990.

New Orleans-Metairie, LA, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 8 counties: Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, St. James Parish, Louisiana, St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana.

* 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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