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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 3,324 1,392,363 291.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,274 295,636 61.9
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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875 220,938 46.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 867 114,015 23.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 387 86,003 18.0
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 382 175,176 36.6
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 359 54,821 11.5
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 294 48,639 10.2
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 189 29,300 6.1
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 183 27,620 5.8
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 169 200,657 42.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 147 26,347 5.5
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 140 17,568 3.7
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 126 43,697 9.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 116 13,006 2.7
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 115 21,771 4.6
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 108 --- ---
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 108 28,009 5.9
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 98 --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 91 31,298 6.5
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 77 4,341 0.9
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 76 13,810 2.9
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 73 34,349 7.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 65 3,355 0.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 62 10,290 2.2
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 59 5,874 1.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 56 8,370 1.8
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 51 10,791 2.3
Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America Black Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 50 --- ---
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 43 1,647 0.3
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 32 5,451 1.1
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 31 10,258 2.1
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 27 --- ---
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 26 3,280 0.7
Congregational Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 23 2,300 0.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 19 4,066 0.9
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 19 13,740 2.9
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 17 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 17 1,265 0.3
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 17 --- ---
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 16 2,471 0.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 1,381 0.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 14 2,481 0.5
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 1,801 0.4
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 283 0.1
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 9 --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 9 6,936 1.5
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 9 4,082 0.9
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 9 1,079 0.2
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 8 1,441 0.3
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 871 0.2
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 7 921 0.2
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 7 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 1,724 0.4
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 6 --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 704 0.1
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 5 52 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 2,355 0.5
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 5 150 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 342 0.1
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 8,157 1.7
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 172 0.0
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 4 2,843 0.6
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 212 0.0
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 996 0.2
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 438 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 230 0.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 872 0.2
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 3 204 0.0
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 340 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 110 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 343 0.1
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 98 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 139 0.0
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 2 410 0.1
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups 2 --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 78 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 500 0.1
Federation of Reformed Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 62 0.0
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 2 129 0.0
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 2 1,100 0.2
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 102 0.0
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 2 375 0.1
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 85 0.0
(Original) Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 55 0.0
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 1 53 0.0
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 --- ---
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 ---
Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
International Fellowship of Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant
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1 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 55 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 24 0.0
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 70 0.0
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 47 0.0
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 60 0.0
Sikh Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Unaffiliated Conservative Amish Mennonite Church* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 54 0.0
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 15 0.0
Totals: 10,514 3,007,553  

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.

* 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.