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Religious Traditions, 2010

2,384,381 273,889 533,145 10,422 223,045 97,463 2,823,760
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 2,972 1,414,199 248.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,577 393,994 69.3
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1,466 216,648 38.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 152 183,161 32.2
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 305 67,800 11.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 362 66,136 11.6
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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37 50,003 8.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 191 40,430 7.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 172 39,643 7.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 112 35,037 6.2
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 280 34,415 6.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 64 28,846 5.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 173 28,538 5.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 56 28,108 4.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 125 27,525 4.8
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 227 26,935 4.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 77 24,075 4.2
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 16 18,464 3.2
Jewish Other Judaism 19 18,250 3.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 57 16,883 3.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 49 16,239 2.9
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 14,095 2.5
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 110 11,817 2.1
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 9,850 1.7
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 53 8,579 1.5
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 71 8,517 1.5
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 132 8,225 1.4
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant Baptist 87 7,811 1.4
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 70 5,291 0.9
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 9 4,478 0.8
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association of Evangelical Protestant Baptist 30 4,420 0.8
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 17 3,546 0.6
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 19 3,231 0.6
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 29 3,166 0.6
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 21 2,986 0.5
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 2,910 0.5
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 2,658 0.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 13 2,569 0.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 2,207 0.4
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,970 0.3
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 1,834 0.3
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 1,821 0.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 21 1,727 0.3
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 1,627 0.3
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 21 1,456 0.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 15 1,414 0.2
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,261 0.2
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 8 1,047 0.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 1,037 0.2
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 1,016 0.2
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,012 0.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 12 933 0.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 886 0.2
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 11 706 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 579 0.1
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 453 0.1
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 305 0.1
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 269 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 268 0.0
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 263 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 5 263 0.0
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 250 0.0
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 230 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 220 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 192 0.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 176 0.0
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 171 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 134 0.0
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 106 0.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 79 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 78 0.0
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 49 0.0
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 37 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 25 0.0
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 18 0.0
Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 12 0.0
Reformed Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 10 0.0
(Original) Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 0 ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Assemblies of God International Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Buddhists Other Other Groups 12 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Congregational Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 --- ---
Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America Black Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Hindus Other Other Groups 7 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Maranatha Amish Mennonite* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Mennonite Christian Fellowship* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups --- --- ---
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 115 --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church General Assembly Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 43 --- ---
Unaffiliated Conservative Amish Mennonite Church* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
United Catholic Church, Inc. Catholic Catholicism --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: 9,634 2,905,619  

The population of Tennessee was 5,689,283 in 2000; in 1990 it was 4,877,185. The total population changed 16.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,905,619) included 51.1% of the total population in 2000.

* 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.