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Wisconsin

Religious Traditions, 2010

806,028 44,203 684,035 13,223 1,425,523 74,430 2,639,544
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 984 1,544,817 328.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 729 469,322 99.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 414 254,683 54.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 404 222,420 47.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 526 164,199 34.9
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 264 96,915 20.6
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 174 55,582 11.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 132 31,944 6.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 128 22,435 4.8
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 91 20,329 4.3
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 26 12,909 2.7
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 28 12,509 2.7
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 44 9,466 2.0
Jewish Other Judaism 17 9,407 2.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 20 9,134 1.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 78 8,185 1.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 28 7,655 1.6
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 20 6,622 1.4
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 6,271 1.3
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 19 6,216 1.3
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 51 6,175 1.3
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 18 5,978 1.3
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 35 5,751 1.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 42 4,386 0.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 55 3,499 0.7
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 49 3,224 0.7
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 20 3,174 0.7
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 25 3,122 0.7
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 3,029 0.6
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 2,997 0.6
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 19 2,853 0.6
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 27 2,364 0.5
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 2,007 0.4
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 1,911 0.4
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 1,902 0.4
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 10 1,507 0.3
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,277 0.3
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 5 1,099 0.2
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 1,088 0.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 23 1,083 0.2
The Protestant Conference (Lutheran) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 1,050 0.2
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 914 0.2
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 809 0.2
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 16 780 0.2
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 754 0.2
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 629 0.1
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 547 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 9 532 0.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 474 0.1
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 12 446 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 314 0.1
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 250 0.1
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 227 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 221 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 200 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 130 0.0
Protestant Reformed Churches in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 121 0.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 99 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 73 0.0
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 37 0.0
Mennonite Church, The General Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 36 0.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 34 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 30 0.0
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 30 0.0
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 26 0.0
Totals: 4,698 3,038,209  

The population of Wisconsin was 4,705,767 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,038,209) included 64.6% 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 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.