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