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Owensboro, KY, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

51,776 232 10,046   19,432 972 32,294
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 72 36,716 353.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 36 9,442 91.0
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 22 21,380 206.0
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 1,119 10.8
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 1,229 11.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 6 983 9.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 5 1,934 18.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 5 723 7.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 800 7.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 151 1.5
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 317 3.1
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 82 0.8
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 48 0.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 105 1.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 406 3.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 191 1.8
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 24 0.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 61 0.6
Jewish Other Judaism 1 37 0.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 237 2.3
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 21 0.2
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 110 1.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 151 1.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 466 4.5
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Totals: 183 76,733  

The population of the Owensboro, KY, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 103,781 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (76,733) included 73.9% of the total population in 1980.

Owensboro, KY, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 3 counties: Daviess County, Kentucky, Hancock County, Kentucky, McLean County, Kentucky.

* 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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