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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 Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 32 6,750 1.2
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 153 84,209 15.4
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 165 141,145 25.8
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 17 1,839 0.3
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 1,400 0.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 180 28,074 5.1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 2,138 0.4
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 146 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 250 0.0
Bethel Ministerial Association, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 447 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 31 4,153 0.8
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 17 1,815 0.3
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 133 36,258 6.6
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 51 0.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 48 5,925 1.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 465 58,349 10.7
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 142 0.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 86 13,040 2.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 351 35,757 6.5
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 74 3,803 0.7
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 67 0.0
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 18 0.0
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 526 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 55 0.0
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 32 0.0
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 1,194 0.2
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 690 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 693 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 59 4,521 0.8
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 30 7,005 1.3
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 202 0.0
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 130 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 99 0.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 35 6,878 1.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 23 4,919 0.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 93 17,672 3.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2,958 1,374,905 251.7
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 15 907 0.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 223 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 13 11,807 2.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 80 17,571 3.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 136 54,231 9.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 58 23,338 4.3
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 97 0.0
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 134 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 380 0.1
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 150 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 313 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 313 91,102 16.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 27 3,684 0.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,699 488,909 89.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 67 20,203 3.7
General Church of the New Jerusalem Other Spiritualist 1 48 0.0
Jewish Other Judaism 18 9,690 1.8
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 16 2,000 0.4
Totals: 7,485 2,570,084  

The population of Georgia was 5,463,105 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,570,084) included 47.0% of the total population in 1980.

* 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.