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Athens-Clarke County, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

40,713 4,720 18,811 8,475 200 3,314 116,308
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox 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
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 400 2.41
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 120 0.72
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 4,926 29.66
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 71 0.43
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 1,702 10.25
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 451 2.72
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 947 5.70
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 880 5.30
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 762 4.59
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 1,692 10.19
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 439 2.64
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 74 0.45
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 750 4.52
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 792 4.77
Jewish Other Judaism 1 400 2.41
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 454 2.73
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 48 0.29
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 288 1.73
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 104 0.63
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 2,911 17.53
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 810 4.88
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 340 2.05
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 366 2.20
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 64 28,692 172.76
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 234 1.41
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 32 10,366 62.42
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 80 0.48
Totals: 159 59,099  

The population of the Athens-Clarke County, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 166,079 in 2000; in 1990 it was 136,025. The total population changed 22.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (59,099) included 35.6% 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.


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