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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 % Change
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +4 +476 +449.1%
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +0 +38 +100.0%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +1 +44 +89.8%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +22 +21,600 +89.7%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +0 +2,490 +85.6%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +3 +877 +84.6%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +0 +96 +71.6%
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints +3 +669 +63.9%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +7 +7,659 +54.3%
Bahá'í Other Other Groups +0 +636 +45.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist +5 +12,206 +43.4%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +0 +403 +39.8%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +34 +10,856 +39.4%
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +4 +580 +35.6%
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +0 +6 +33.3%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 +594 +26.9%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +34 +8,900 +22.0%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism -1 +39,182 +21.4%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal +1 +535 +20.8%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +17 +12,461 +18.8%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +7 +553 +17.5%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness -2 +142 +16.0%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism +14 +5,016 +14.3%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +4 +106 +6.1%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +217 +69,157 +4.9%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -8 +223 +2.7%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 +0 +0.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist -34 -2,530 -1.2%
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -5 -2.2%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness -1 -664 -2.3%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -69 -18,301 -4.6%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 -174 -4.9%
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -1 -20 -6.6%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist +1 -320 -7.1%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 -3,796 -9.6%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist -13 -2,584 -9.6%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +9 -2,810 -9.7%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -18 -10.2%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 -549 -10.4%
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +1 -107 -10.5%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness -1 -61 -10.5%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +1 -338 -12.7%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +1 -2,202 -13.0%
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -12 -4,962 -14.4%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -5 -211 -14.5%
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -33 -15.0%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -25 -10,310 -15.2%
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups +22 -3,080 -16.7%
Reformed Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +0 -2 -20.0%
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups -3 -59 -22.4%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -2 -4,399 -27.1%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -11 -1,265 -39.2%
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 -497 -39.4%
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association of Evangelical Protestant Baptist -5 -1,758 -39.8%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 -766 -41.8%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -2 -105 -54.7%
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist -12 -2,259 -75.7%
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist +0 -19 -76.0%
(Original) Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
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 --- --- ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +0 --- ---
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) +3 --- ---
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 --- --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -1 --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups +0 --- ---
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 --- --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist +5 --- ---
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) --- --- ---
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 +1 --- ---
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
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: +228 +131,301 +5%

The population of Tennessee was 6,346,105 in 2010; in 2000 it was 5,689,283. The total population changed 11.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,522,345) included 55.5% of the total population in 2010.

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.