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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 3,148 1,380,121 310.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,416 327,734 73.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 895 119,049 26.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 386 68,766 15.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 367 59,970 13.5
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 168 150,647 33.9
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 165 23,716 5.3
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 158 34,551 7.8
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 147 --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 123 13,635 3.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 118 45,041 10.1
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant Baptist 113 16,984 3.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 108 24,020 5.4
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 88 3,908 0.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 80 16,792 3.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 69 20,397 4.6
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 68 4,082 0.9
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 63 11,488 2.6
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 61 6,590 1.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 56 9,572 2.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 42 4,601 1.0
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 36 6,286 1.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 30 3,972 0.9
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 29 4,324 1.0
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 26 3,896 0.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 24 5,346 1.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 23 3,412 0.8
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 20 7,670 1.7
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 19 1,150 0.3
Jewish Other Judaism 18 9,100 2.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 2,106 0.5
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 17 2,083 0.5
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 2,468 0.6
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 6,430 1.4
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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14 7,319 1.6
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 14 587 0.1
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,902 0.4
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 2,312 0.5
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 2,442 0.5
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 9 1,423 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 9 879 0.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 388 0.1
Buddhists Other Other Groups 7 --- ---
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,175 0.3
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 1,200 0.3
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 6 444 0.1
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 530 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 305 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 166 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 230 0.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 285 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 2,796 0.6
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 8,304 1.9
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 273 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 525 0.1
Hindus Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 154 0.0
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 204 0.0
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 210 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 66 0.0
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups 2 50 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 405 0.1
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 218 0.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 159 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 61 0.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 0 ---
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 90 0.0
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 60 0.0
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 61 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 15 0.0
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 169 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 55 0.0
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 4 0.0
(Original) Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Congregational Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America Black Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Federation of Reformed Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
International Fellowship of Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant
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Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups --- --- ---
New Hope Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Unaffiliated Conservative Amish Mennonite Church* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: 8,343 2,435,373  

The population of Alabama was 4,447,100 in 2000; in 1990 it was 4,040,587. The total population changed 10.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,435,373) included 54.8% of the total population in 2000.

* 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.