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