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Kentucky

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 2,266 962,945 261.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,060 227,143 61.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 624 58,775 15.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 355 90,520 24.6
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 347 365,270 99.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 254 66,798 18.1
United Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 250 45,164 12.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 214 24,134 6.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 209 44,016 11.9
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 181 12,136 3.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 149 22,118 6.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 146 27,989 7.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 129 16,470 4.5
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 120 11,747 3.2
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 119 12,378 3.4
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 93 5,027 1.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 76 19,655 5.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 51 6,396 1.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 49 13,586 3.7
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 46 2,946 0.8
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 44 18,551 5.0
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 44 3,328 0.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 39 10,383 2.8
Enterprise Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 35 3,590 1.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 35 11,984 3.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 28 5,637 1.5
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 23 1,606 0.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 20 1,804 0.5
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 18 1,915 0.5
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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17 9,391 2.5
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 1,617 0.4
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 16 3,770 1.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 16 717 0.2
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 13 1,650 0.4
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 12 --- ---
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 846 0.2
Barren River Missionary Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 1,408 0.4
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 641 0.2
Jewish Other Judaism 10 14,810 4.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 8 971 0.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 360 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 271 0.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 554 0.2
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 342 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 427 0.1
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 2,300 0.6
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 918 0.2
Central Baptist Association Ministries Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 475 0.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 167 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 37 0.0
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 110 0.0
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 257 0.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 73 0.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 168 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 122 0.0
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 367 0.1
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 54 0.0
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 61 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 124 0.0
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 31 0.0
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 12 0.0
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 133 0.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 41 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 57 0.0
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 276 0.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 59 0.0
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 73 0.0
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 107 0.0
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 89,939 24.4
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Totals: 7,255 2,227,747  

The population of Kentucky was 3,685,296 in 1990; in 1980 it was 3,660,777. The total population changed 0.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,227,747) included 60.4% 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.