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Georgia

Religious Traditions, 2010

2,853,360 381,421 855,259 596,384 15,376 222,576 4,763,277
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 78 17,028 2.08
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 31 2,712 0.33
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 18 11,301 1.38
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 207 0.03
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 876 0.11
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 27 0.00
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 320 0.04
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 0.04
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 231 44,469 5.43
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 1,668 0.20
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 46 6,233 0.76
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 399 0.05
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 99 0.01
Buddhists Other Other Groups 16 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 179 374,185 45.71
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 48 6,783 0.83
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 68 22,172 2.71
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 151 44,571 5.44
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 240 0.03
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 52 3,388 0.41
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 493 138,123 16.87
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 222 0.03
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 427 0.05
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 126 6,588 0.80
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 121 43,910 5.36
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 95 13,002 1.59
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 403 48,015 5.87
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 7 561 0.07
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 145 0.02
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 54 0.01
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 23 0.00
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 505 0.06
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 90 0.01
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 48 0.01
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 157 71,950 8.79
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 241 0.03
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 620 0.08
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 90 37,096 4.53
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,418 0.17
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 19 1,845 0.23
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 487 0.06
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 6 324 0.04
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 758 0.09
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 8 4,302 0.53
Hindus Other Other Groups 15 --- ---
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 15 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 30 47,530 5.81
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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34 40,003 4.89
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 5,069 0.62
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 710 0.09
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 55 0.01
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 89 10,317 1.26
Jain Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Jasper Baptist and Pleasant Valley Baptist Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 31 7,078 0.86
Jewish Other Judaism 52 93,500 11.42
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 37 9,887 1.21
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 225 0.03
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 125 0.02
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 155 0.02
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 10 515 0.06
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 8 852 0.10
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 318 0.04
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 180 0.02
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 39 38,882 4.75
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 299 0.04
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 120 12,126 1.48
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant Baptist 22 1,749 0.21
New Hope Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 2,772 0.34
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 257 0.03
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 86 0.01
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 318 0.04
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 631 0.08
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 307 105,774 12.92
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 107 24,092 2.94
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 216 --- ---
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 85 7,227 0.88
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 245 0.03
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 29 7,074 0.86
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,100 0.13
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 121 32,256 3.94
Sikh Other Other Groups 5 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3,233 1,719,484 210.04
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 72 --- ---
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 60 0.01
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 18 2,573 0.31
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 18 2,771 0.34
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,614 570,674 69.71
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 3,956 0.48
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 24 5,369 0.66
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 1,509 0.18
Totals: 8,962 3,665,550  

The population of Georgia was 8,186,453 in 2000; in 1990 it was 6,478,216. The total population changed 26.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,665,550) included 44.8% 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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