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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
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 26 6,009 1.41
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 762 0.18
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 15 10,284 2.41
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 207 0.05
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 876 0.21
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 27 0.01
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 320 0.08
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 0.07
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 74 20,768 4.87
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 1,111 0.26
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 32 3,513 0.82
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 99 0.02
Buddhists Other Other Groups 15 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 71 272,675 63.96
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 23 4,022 0.94
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 32 14,904 3.50
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 94 32,958 7.73
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 240 0.06
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 1,578 0.37
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 113 58,988 13.84
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 222 0.05
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 31 1,617 0.38
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 56 23,049 5.41
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 27 4,274 1.00
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 121 21,570 5.06
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 4 443 0.10
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 145 0.03
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 23 0.01
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 279 0.07
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 54 43,414 10.18
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 241 0.06
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 495 0.12
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 52 25,744 6.04
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 675 0.16
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 180 0.04
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 160 0.04
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 758 0.18
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 3,009 0.71
Hindus Other Other Groups 10 --- ---
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 15 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 39,580 9.28
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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20 31,768 7.45
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 5,069 1.19
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 475 0.11
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 55 0.01
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 20 2,281 0.54
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Jasper Baptist and Pleasant Valley Baptist Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 28 6,516 1.53
Jewish Other Judaism 34 85,900 20.15
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 19 5,506 1.29
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 75 0.02
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 125 0.03
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 115 0.03
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 66 0.02
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 3 693 0.16
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 302 0.07
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 180 0.04
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 23 32,469 7.62
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 91 0.02
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 306 0.07
New Hope Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 2,473 0.58
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 142 0.03
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 86 0.02
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 240 0.06
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 294 0.07
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 131 72,117 16.92
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 53 12,928 3.03
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 61 --- ---
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 298 0.07
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 245 0.06
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 3,028 0.71
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 440 0.10
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 46 18,238 4.28
Sikh Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 918 709,473 166.41
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 22 --- ---
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 60 0.01
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 7 1,575 0.37
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 2,247 0.53
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 519 290,806 68.21
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 2,462 0.58
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 3,813 0.89
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 1,250 0.29
Totals: 2,962 1,889,741  

The population of the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 4,263,438 in 2000; in 1990 it was 3,082,308. The total population changed 38.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,889,741) included 44.3% 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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