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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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 308 160,167 39.6
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 172 137,834 34.1
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 225 0.1
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 90 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 372 53,228 13.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 363 0.1
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 17 0.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 2,239 0.6
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 51 0.0
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 398,793 98.7
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 30 2,175 0.5
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 8 350 0.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 31 3,500 0.9
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 76 4,515 1.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 382 51,201 12.7
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 108 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 278 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 119 5,212 1.3
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 275 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 116 14,288 3.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 890 118,561 29.3
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 5 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 60 8,183 2.0
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 29 4,353 1.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 145 0.0
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 156 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 153 0.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 640 0.2
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 204 0.1
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 30 18,335 4.5
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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29 21,300 5.3
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 45 3,976 1.0
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 1,926 0.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 60 13,237 3.3
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 13 617 0.2
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 168 23,911 5.9
New Hope Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 155 0.0
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 479 0.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 103 19,194 4.8
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 112 3,986 1.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 1,370 0.3
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 66 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 87 18,247 4.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3,065 1,313,907 325.2
Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 17 2,205 0.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 340 0.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 2,568 0.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 64 8,496 2.1
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 904 0.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 117 38,257 9.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 22 5,436 1.3
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 112 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 293 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 171 38,278 9.5
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 95 0.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 33 4,020 1.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,472 332,029 82.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 12 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 64 17,256 4.3
Jewish Other Judaism 19 8,350 2.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 10 806 0.2
Totals: 8,447 2,867,460  

The population of Alabama was 4,040,587 in 1990; in 1980 it was 3,893,888. The total population changed 3.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,867,460) included 71.0% of the total population in 1990.

* 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.


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