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