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Alabama

Religious Traditions, 2010

2,009,448 346,519 388,252 3,001 200,657 59,676 1,772,183
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3,005 1,182,018 303.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,524 344,790 88.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 875 113,919 29.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 371 33,956 8.7
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 345 48,610 12.5
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 315 139,714 35.9
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 211 53,493 13.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 188 43,440 11.2
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 169 106,123 27.3
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 115 34,608 8.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 113 12,500 3.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 81 10,854 2.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 81 13,309 3.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 67 9,696 2.5
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 64 7,998 2.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 63 12,053 3.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 54 13,448 3.5
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 53 4,275 1.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 43 10,973 2.8
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 38 4,476 1.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 38 4,070 1.0
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 30 1,268 0.3
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 28 4,067 1.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 24 2,940 0.8
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 3,565 0.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 19 5,119 1.3
Jewish Other Judaism 16 4,928 1.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 3,679 0.9
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 12 774 0.2
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 10 234 0.1
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 551 0.1
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 431 0.1
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 6 205 0.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 201 0.1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 349 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 269 0.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 396 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 350 0.1
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 44 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 156 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 248 0.1
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 173 0.0
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 110 0.0
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 135 0.0
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 321 0.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 0 ---
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 23 0.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 25 0.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 107 0.0
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 81 0.0
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 53 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 0 45 0.0
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Totals: 8,054 2,235,170  

The population of Alabama was 3,893,888 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,235,170) included 57.4% of the total population in 1980.

* 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.