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Columbia, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

32,187 714 16,273 10,684 218 3,873 98,693
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 61 0.45
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 1,291 9.53
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,639 12.10
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 90 0.66
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 61 0.45
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 5 9,463 69.86
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 12 6,118 45.17
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 1,733 12.79
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 46 0.34
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 33 0.24
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,257 9.28
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 19 0.14
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 267 1.97
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 702 5.18
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 308 2.27
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 927 6.84
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 800 5.91
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 704 5.20
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 47 0.35
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 17 0.13
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 67 0.49
Hindus Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 1,000 7.38
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 475 3.51
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 68 0.50
Jewish Other Judaism 1 400 2.95
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,931 14.26
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 13 0.10
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 850 6.28
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 103 0.76
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 23 0.17
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,195 8.82
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 44 0.32
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 282 2.08
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 134 0.99
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 861 6.36
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 27 15,602 115.18
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 275 2.03
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,076 7.94
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 14 5,432 40.10
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 39 0.29
Totals: 129 55,453  

The population of the Columbia, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 135,454 in 2000; in 1990 it was 112,379. The total population changed 20.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (55,453) included 40.9% 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 for those who are interested in these trends.


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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