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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 77 39,410 358.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 32 8,078 73.5
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 21 20,320 184.9
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 764 7.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 7 756 6.9
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 303 2.8
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 4 1,363 12.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 4 3,207 29.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 394 3.6
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 698 6.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 865 7.9
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 82 0.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 209 1.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 406 3.7
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 185 1.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 248 2.3
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 316 2.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 141 1.3
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 68 0.6
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 18 0.2
Jewish Other Judaism 1 50 0.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 130 1.2
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 156 1.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 53 0.5
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 407 3.7
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 45 0.4
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 306 2.8
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 1 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Totals: 190 78,979  

The population of the Owensboro, KY, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 109,875 in 2000; in 1990 it was 104,681. The total population changed 5.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (78,979) included 71.9% of the total population in 2000.

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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