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Religious Traditions, 2010

100,960 1,976 32,550 13,480 50,866 41,001 469,398
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 104 50,866 71.6
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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157 38,070 53.6
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 80 32,170 45.3
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 102 19,891 28.0
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 86 12,652 17.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 87 10,261 14.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 35 9,642 13.6
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 50 7,234 10.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 28 5,585 7.9
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 38 4,460 6.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 33 4,361 6.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 14 3,665 5.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 3,586 5.0
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 4 3,405 4.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 26 3,175 4.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 22 2,921 4.1
Moravian Church in America--Alaska Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 23 2,649 3.7
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 20 2,489 3.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 26 2,451 3.5
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 13 2,146 3.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 17 1,968 2.8
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 1,691 2.4
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 12 1,387 2.0
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 15 1,353 1.9
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 1,012 1.4
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 6 986 1.4
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 3 924 1.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 892 1.3
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 4 757 1.1
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 4 754 1.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 6 527 0.7
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 522 0.7
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 3 501 0.7
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 4 442 0.6
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 439 0.6
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 436 0.6
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 425 0.6
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 360 0.5
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 347 0.5
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 321 0.5
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 316 0.4
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 313 0.4
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 264 0.4
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 234 0.3
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 8 230 0.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 229 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 194 0.3
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 160 0.2
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 132 0.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 131 0.2
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 120 0.2
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 92 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 79 0.1
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 4 76 0.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 76 0.1
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 2 73 0.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 72 0.1
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 1 60 0.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 50 0.1
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 47 0.1
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 47 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 30 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 25 0.0
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 25 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 18 0.0
Hindu, Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 12 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 5 0.0
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 5 --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 --- ---
Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 22 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 0 ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 26 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Totals: 1,246 240,833  

The population of Alaska was 710,231 in 2010; in 2000 it was 626,932. The total population changed 13.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (240,833) included 33.9% 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.