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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 Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3,613 1,759,317 181.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,550 619,394 63.9
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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1,449 566,782 58.5
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 540 117,271 12.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 532 175,184 18.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 417 55,105 5.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 296 92,436 9.5
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 272 172,982 17.9
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 253 56,268 5.8
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 197 45,780 4.7
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 185 596,384 61.6
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 173 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 166 68,812 7.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 163 43,168 4.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 150 77,587 8.0
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 144 32,695 3.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 139 31,991 3.3
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 116 26,235 2.7
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 115 7,187 0.7
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 114 10,301 1.1
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 104 8,461 0.9
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 94 --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 93 11,292 1.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 84 29,076 3.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 72 9,320 1.0
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 69 52,578 5.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 68 20,989 2.2
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 68 14,390 1.5
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 51 7,238 0.7
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 49 3,000 0.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 44 9,975 1.0
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 35 --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 33 7,690 0.8
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 30 --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 28 4,825 0.5
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 27 10,698 1.1
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 27 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 27 13,778 1.4
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 26 6,208 0.6
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 22 --- ---
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 22 1,773 0.2
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 22 --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 3,379 0.3
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 19 13,978 1.4
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 --- ---
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 19 9,037 0.9
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 18 --- ---
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 18 15,911 1.6
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 18 7,410 0.8
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 18 8,373 0.9
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 18 17,191 1.8
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 17 634 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 17 3,139 0.3
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 16 --- ---
Congregational Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 16 5,946 0.6
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 16 4,081 0.4
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 1,379 0.1
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 14 --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 11 11,100 1.1
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 10 4,365 0.5
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 10 6,265 0.6
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 10 1,663 0.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 2,133 0.2
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 --- ---
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 950 0.1
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 8 4,650 0.5
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 871 0.1
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 --- ---
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 --- ---
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 7 10,907 1.1
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 7 1,225 0.1
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 --- ---
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 571 0.1
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 2,275 0.2
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 --- ---
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 5 602 0.1
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 5 --- ---
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 5 590 0.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 1,696 0.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 305 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,734 0.2
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 5 183 0.0
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 --- ---
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 5 648 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 270 0.0
Sikh Other Other Groups 5 --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A. Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 --- ---
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 610 0.1
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 1,029 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 761 0.1
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 378 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 126 0.0
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 105 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 477 0.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 234 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 164 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 489 0.1
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 270 0.0
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 --- ---
Hindu, Renaissance Other Other Groups 3 1,474 0.2
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 260 0.0
Jain Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 376 0.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 610 0.1
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 87 0.0
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Eritrean Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,050 0.1
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 324 0.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 282 0.0
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,040 0.1
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 875 0.1
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 60 0.0
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 41 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 150 0.0
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 450 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 13 0.0
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 ---
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 --- ---
Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 20 0.0
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 154 0.0
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 107 0.0
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 0 ---
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 1 543 0.1
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 35 0.0
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,600 0.2
Shinto Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.0
Tao Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 ---
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 200 0.0
Unaffiliated Conservative Amish Mennonite Church* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 94 0.0
Unaffiliated Friends Meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 1 157 0.0
Totals: 12,292 4,924,376  

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.

* 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.