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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
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 56 8,730 2.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 24 3,257 0.8
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 28 0.0
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Ambassadors Amish Mennonite* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 414 0.1
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 3,714 0.9
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 2,989 0.7
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 62 8,172 1.9
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 17 --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 1,255 0.3
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 12 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 167 22,578 5.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 84 0.0
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 715 0.2
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 337 0.1
Berea Amish Mennonite* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 109 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 192 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 --- ---
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 11 2,674 0.6
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 2 105 0.0
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 3 0.0
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 308 359,783 82.9
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 22 6,517 1.5
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 227 55,034 12.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 382 137,241 31.6
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 20 2,882 0.7
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A. Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 5 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 126 10,152 2.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 245 41,216 9.5
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 11 817 0.2
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 472 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 73 4,490 1.0
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 28 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 74 31,991 7.4
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 306 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 131 17,672 4.1
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 47 0.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 607 57,388 13.2
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 --- ---
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 5 568 0.1
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 42 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 4 2,571 0.6
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 263 0.1
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 90 0.0
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 35 0.0
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 100 9,566 2.2
Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America Black Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 --- ---
Enterprise Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 31 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 71 17,278 4.0
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 --- ---
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 48 0.0
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 498 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 2,488 0.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 32 6,441 1.5
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 198 0.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 523 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 999 0.2
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 234 0.1
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 16 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 --- ---
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 720 0.2
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 7 194 0.0
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 2 410 0.1
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 243 0.1
International Fellowship of Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant
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1 --- ---
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 640 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 484 0.1
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 92 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 29 5,750 1.3
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 2,316 0.5
Mennonite Christian Fellowship* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 243 0.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 56 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 3 216 0.0
Midwest Beachy Amish Mennonite* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 356 0.1
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 125 0.0
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 27 11,123 2.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 135 15,275 3.5
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 11 3,494 0.8
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 45 22,336 5.1
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 22 3,282 0.8
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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354 68,184 15.7
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 40 0.0
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 120 0.0
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 1 450 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 83 0.0
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 21 2,284 0.5
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 190 28,224 6.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 1,752 0.4
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association of Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 752 0.2
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 15 20,160 4.6
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 6 3,791 0.9
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 215 0.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 18 4,856 1.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 61 7,739 1.8
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2,520 1,004,407 231.5
Unaffiliated Conservative Amish Mennonite Church* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 243 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 8 1,332 0.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 27 5,728 1.3
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 914 189,596 43.7
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 92 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 4,689 1.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 43 2,080 0.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 494 0.1
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 14 0.0
Totals: 7,745 2,237,714  

The population of Kentucky was 4,339,367 in 2010; in 2000 it was 4,041,769. The total population changed 7.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,237,714) included 51.6% 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.