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Religious Traditions, 2010

1,168,450 182,556 244,121 975 112,488 34,326 1,224,381
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 2,149 907,384 305.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,107 204,165 68.8
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 154 112,488 37.9
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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431 104,761 35.3
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 205 81,318 27.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 369 42,166 14.2
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 199 30,425 10.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 176 23,720 8.0
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 130 23,243 7.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 174 21,355 7.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 43 21,217 7.2
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 121 19,804 6.7
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 81 19,239 6.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 121 18,439 6.2
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 84 15,018 5.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 108 12,822 4.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 63 9,797 3.3
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 42 6,351 2.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 44 5,616 1.9
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 25 5,051 1.7
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 16 5,012 1.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 51 4,937 1.7
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 31 3,900 1.3
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 51 3,639 1.2
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 2 3,304 1.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 3,266 1.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 54 3,214 1.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 28 3,145 1.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 28 2,790 0.9
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 2,732 0.9
Congregational Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 37 2,616 0.9
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 60 2,268 0.8
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 26 1,918 0.6
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 16 1,695 0.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 13 1,660 0.6
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,414 0.5
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 7 1,346 0.5
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 1,230 0.4
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 9 1,163 0.4
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 6 1,091 0.4
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 3 1,050 0.4
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 3 816 0.3
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 776 0.3
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 552 0.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 455 0.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 420 0.1
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 320 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 6 269 0.1
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 3 229 0.1
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 200 0.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 187 0.1
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 175 0.1
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 162 0.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 151 0.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 135 0.0
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 124 0.0
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 81 0.0
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 2 35 0.0
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 1 14 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 13 0.0
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 12 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 10 0.0
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 9 0.0
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 2 0.0
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 0 ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 --- ---
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 --- ---
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness 51 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 4 --- ---
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 7 --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 43 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 86 --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 168 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 6,765 1,742,916  

The population of Mississippi was 2,967,297 in 2010; in 2000 it was 2,844,658. The total population changed 4.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,742,916) included 58.7% 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.