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Religious Traditions, 2010

2,853,360 381,421 855,259 15,376 596,384 222,576 4,763,277
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism +17 +386,174 +183.7%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +572 +176,797 +11.2%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -109 +89,318 +16.9%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +66 +79,011 +82.2%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +55 +44,994 +138.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +31 +24,295 +76.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +85 +17,618 +62.6%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +63 +17,168 +115.8%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 +11,883 +627.1%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +15 +8,273 +17.7%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist -2 +6,906 +49.0%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism +11 +6,074 +9.7%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -4 +5,463 +152.9%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +37 +4,443 +11.5%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +15 +4,140 +79.9%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness -1 +3,134 +102.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist +3 +2,589 +22.7%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +15 +2,011 +38.5%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +4 +1,179 +123.6%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +12 +978 +10.9%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness -1 +611 +407.3%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +13 +533 +43.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal +1 +369 +13.3%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness -3 +172 +6.1%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +2 +171 +53.8%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 +134 +8.4%
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +0 +134 +106.3%
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +2 +133 +30.4%
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +1 +131 +37.9%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +3 +100 +58.8%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -3 +80 +10.1%
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist +3 +59 +128.3%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 +33 +13.3%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 +27 +13.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -38 +17 +0.2%
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist +0 -38 -19.8%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +2 -95 -23.8%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -4 -261 -67.4%
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -400 -80.0%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -1 -767 -35.7%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 -1,383 -10.9%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist -4 -1,892 -15.5%
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist -4 -1,923 -28.5%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran +4 -3,371 -10.4%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -9 -8,838 -8.7%
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +0 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist -11 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science -5 --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist +1 --- ---
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +1 --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist -3 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +2 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist +2 --- ---
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -2 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +4 --- ---
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 --- ---
Totals: +840 +876,184 +30%

The population of Georgia was 9,687,653 in 2010; in 2000 it was 8,186,453. The total population changed 18.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (4,924,376) included 50.8% of the total population in 2010.

The population of Georgia was 6,478,216 in 1990; in 1980 it was 5,463,105. The total population changed 18.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,730,757) included 57.6% 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.