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