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Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

1,381,064 168,602 518,950 393,381 13,886 153,273 2,657,572
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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 179 0.08
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 2,439 1.04
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 100 0.04
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 8 9,740 4.17
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 54 8,326 3.56
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,637 0.70
Bethel Ministerial Association, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 447 0.19
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 52 80,972 34.63
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 1,792 0.77
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 4 395 0.17
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 28 9,147 3.91
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 78 28,089 12.01
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 26 16,248 6.95
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 51 0.02
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 1,467 0.63
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 102 20,105 8.60
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 19 7,498 3.21
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 21 3,253 1.39
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 100 14,025 6.00
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 24 880 0.38
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 67 0.03
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 18 0.01
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 312 0.13
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 46 28,847 12.34
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 55 0.02
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 31 13,617 5.82
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 674 0.29
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 60 0.03
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 318 0.14
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 75 0.03
General Church of the New Jerusalem Other Spiritualist 1 48 0.02
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 134 0.06
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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0 0 0.00
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 945 0.40
Jasper Baptist and Pleasant Valley Baptist Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Jewish Other Judaism 4 6,657 2.85
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 12 3,893 1.66
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 52 0.02
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 360 0.15
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 150 0.06
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 133 0.06
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
New Hope Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 85 0.04
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 99 0.04
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 122 55,842 23.88
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 2,291 0.98
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 1,941 0.83
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 21 2,994 1.28
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 766 496,621 212.39
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 45 0.02
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 7 1,509 0.65
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 2,213 0.95
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 530 206,595 88.36
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 186 0.08
Totals: 2,172 1,033,626  

The population of the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 2,338,211 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,033,626) included 44.2% 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.


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