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Religious Traditions, 2010

1,448,947 64,958 305,955 2,133 359,783 55,938 2,101,653
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 2,424 979,994 242.5
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 323 406,021 100.5
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 991 208,720 51.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 405 106,638 26.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 231 67,611 16.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 621 58,602 14.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 196 36,940 9.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 236 33,572 8.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 167 30,103 7.4
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 133 20,441 5.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 136 19,667 4.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 76 19,343 4.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 63 17,966 4.4
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 133 11,507 2.8
Jewish Other Judaism 11 11,350 2.8
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 104 10,859 2.7
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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14 10,359 2.6
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 42 9,735 2.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 40 9,485 2.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 32 8,763 2.2
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 54 6,767 1.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 29 6,499 1.6
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 21 6,373 1.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 57 5,900 1.5
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 81 4,901 1.2
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 10 4,696 1.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 45 4,112 1.0
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 39 3,989 1.0
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 3,450 0.9
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 19 3,432 0.8
Enterprise Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 36 3,241 0.8
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 2,993 0.7
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 32 2,272 0.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 20 2,151 0.5
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 19 1,746 0.4
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,603 0.4
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,588 0.4
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 1,241 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 9 1,081 0.3
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association of Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 1,069 0.3
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 1,065 0.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 963 0.2
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 856 0.2
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 831 0.2
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant Baptist 13 826 0.2
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 10 805 0.2
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 4 635 0.2
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 613 0.2
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 565 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 522 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 515 0.1
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 9 495 0.1
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 422 0.1
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 5 383 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 327 0.1
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 322 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 305 0.1
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 297 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 294 0.1
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 4 244 0.1
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 238 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 219 0.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 200 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 140 0.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 118 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 105 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 90 0.0
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 76 0.0
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 72 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 72 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 68 0.0
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 39 0.0
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 27 0.0
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 12 0.0
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 0 ---
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Ambassadors Amish Mennonite* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Berea Amish Mennonite* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Buddhists Other Other Groups 7 --- ---
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A. Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America Black Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Hindus Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
International Fellowship of Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant
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Jain Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Mennonite Christian Fellowship* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Midwest Beachy Amish Mennonite* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 65 --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 --- ---
Unaffiliated Conservative Amish Mennonite Church* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: 7,143 2,159,541  

The population of Kentucky was 4,041,769 in 2000; in 1990 it was 3,685,296. The total population changed 9.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,159,541) included 53.4% of the total population in 2000.

* 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.