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Louisiana

Religious Traditions, 2010

1,064,486 217,176 202,751 2,478 1,200,900 59,106 1,786,475
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 1 16 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 23 10,719 2.5
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 3,019 0.7
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 52 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 243 46,765 11.1
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 41 10,735 2.5
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 386,062 91.5
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 627 1,369,154 324.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 103 0.0
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 9 694 0.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 23 6,073 1.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 31 3,513 0.8
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 16 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 60 4,123 1.0
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 51 6,919 1.6
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 247 0.1
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 384 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 30 995 0.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 56 15,182 3.6
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 98 0.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 60 4,716 1.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 231 26,252 6.2
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 81 0.0
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 391 0.1
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 707 0.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 100 33,423 7.9
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 170 0.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 20 5,647 1.3
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 77 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 248 0.1
Fire Baptized Holiness Church, (Wesleyan), The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 3 0.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 159 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 462 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 91 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 7 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 12,000 2.8
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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11 5,725 1.4
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 1,597 0.4
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 30 4,125 1.0
Jewish Other Judaism 24 15,625 3.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 64 19,102 4.5
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 394 0.1
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 459 0.1
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 90 0.0
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 307 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 126 27,105 6.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 18 2,567 0.6
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 713 0.2
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 952 0.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 49 10,516 2.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1,349 757,639 179.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 8 1,201 0.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 20 4,060 1.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 576 172,676 40.9
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 885 0.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 391 0.1
Totals: 4,025 2,975,409  

The population of Louisiana was 4,219,973 in 1990; in 1980 it was 4,205,900. The total population changed 0.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,975,409) included 70.5% 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.