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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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 135 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 38 18,077 4.9
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 1,390 0.4
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 135 20,464 5.6
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 102 0.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 160 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 126 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 365 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 331 365,277 99.8
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 17 1,417 0.4
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 10 0.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 324 78,275 21.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 470 81,787 22.3
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 51 12,949 3.5
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 15 0.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 130 28,659 7.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 177 16,390 4.5
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 37 10,680 2.9
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 365 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 148 23,309 6.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 600 59,443 16.2
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 28 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 128 13,959 3.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 73 20,401 5.6
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 21 0.0
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 27 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 239 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 35 10,124 2.8
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 219 0.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 87 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 1,926 0.5
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 172 0.0
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 113 0.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 252 0.1
Jewish Other Judaism 8 3,683 1.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 22 5,326 1.5
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 14 346 0.1
Mennonite Church, The General Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 32 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 166 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 115 0.0
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 790 0.2
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 275 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 421 50,545 13.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 418 0.1
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 436 0.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 2,476 0.7
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 51 6,861 1.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 49 5,285 1.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2,194 888,198 242.6
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 7 753 0.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 34 14,291 3.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,109 235,801 64.4
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 70 0.0
Totals: 6,704 1,982,830  

The population of Kentucky was 3,660,777 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,982,830) included 54.2% 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.