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