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Georgia

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