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