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