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New Mexico

Religious Traditions, 2010

277,326 4,321 71,118 1,995 584,941 91,497 1,027,981
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 375 435,241 334.1
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 251 131,575 101.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 110 53,185 40.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 90 28,804 22.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 153 17,414 13.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 65 16,652 12.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 134 15,345 11.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 45 13,692 10.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 20 9,237 7.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 33 7,224 5.5
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 46 6,663 5.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 24 5,543 4.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 17 4,147 3.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 41 3,555 2.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 2,273 1.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 41 1,710 1.3
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 1,561 1.2
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 1,205 0.9
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 7 1,189 0.9
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 1,137 0.9
Jewish Other Judaism 2 1,137 0.9
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 1,033 0.8
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 898 0.7
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 817 0.6
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 693 0.5
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 605 0.5
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 604 0.5
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 601 0.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 574 0.4
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 487 0.4
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 406 0.3
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 283 0.2
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 279 0.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 248 0.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 8 204 0.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 197 0.2
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 192 0.1
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 185 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 170 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 153 0.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 132 0.1
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 122 0.1
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 100 0.1
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 64 0.0
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 53 0.0
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 49 0.0
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 48 0.0
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 45 0.0
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 6 0.0
Christ Catholic Church Evangelical Protestant Catholicism --- --- ---
Totals: 1,594 767,737  

The population of New Mexico was 1,302,894 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (767,737) included 58.9% of the total population in 1980.

* 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 for those who are interested in these trends.


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.

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