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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 % Change
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +176 +12,242 +0.9%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +35 +4,979 +29.7%
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups +11 +2,588 +33.7%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +9 +6,190 +134.5%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism +8 -1,344 -3.0%
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +4 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +4 +13,952 +68.4%
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist +4 --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +3 +486 +222.9%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +3 +586 +205.6%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist +1 -147 -1.8%
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +1 +98 +100.0%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 -105 -27.1%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism +1 +50,010 +33.2%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +1 +17,237 +25.1%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +1 +33 +8.1%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +1 -61 -22.3%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +1 -441 -15.8%
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 -67 -39.6%
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 +49 +80.3%
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +0 -35 -38.9%
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 --- ---
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +0 +73 +110.6%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist +0 -1,202 -12.6%
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups +0 --- ---
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 --- ---
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +0 +0 +0.0%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 +112 +48.7%
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +136 +66.7%
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 --- ---
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 +3,989 +16.6%
Sikh Other Other Groups +0 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal +0 +200 +22.8%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 +133 +63.3%
Bahá'í Other Other Groups -1 +18 +1.3%
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints -1 +388 +18.6%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist -1 -25 -4.8%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran -1 -1,198 -10.4%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness -1 +13 +0.5%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness -1 -511 -22.1%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness -2 +115 +10.0%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -2 -75 -24.6%
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -2 -716 -10.9%
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -2 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness -3 -727 -17.8%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -3 -328 -27.3%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness -3 -104 -62.7%
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups -3 -240 -54.1%
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist -4 -835 -13.3%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist -4 -692 -17.4%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -5 -1,280 -23.9%
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -6 -178 -9.4%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness -7 -629 -4.6%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -8 -5,149 -8.6%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -8 -2,031 -59.5%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -11 +433 +11.1%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -11 -8,204 -23.7%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist -25 -6,148 -25.9%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist -28 -5,034 -4.2%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -142 -32,098 -9.8%
(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 --- --- ---
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 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 --- --- ---
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 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: -18 +44,456 +2%

The population of Alabama was 4,779,736 in 2010; in 2000 it was 4,447,100. The total population changed 7.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,007,553) included 62.9% of the total population in 2010.

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.