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Kentucky

Religious Traditions, 2010

1,448,947 64,958 305,955 359,783 2,133 55,938 2,101,653
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 42 9,735 2.41
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 12 0.00
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 21 6,373 1.58
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 2,993 0.74
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 565 0.14
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,588 0.39
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 27 0.01
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 167 30,103 7.45
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 72 0.02
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 4 635 0.16
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 118 0.03
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 613 0.15
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 68 0.02
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 294 0.07
Buddhists Other Other Groups 7 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 323 406,021 100.46
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 20 2,151 0.53
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 231 67,611 16.73
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 405 106,638 26.38
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 133 11,507 2.85
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 236 33,572 8.31
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 238 0.06
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 81 4,901 1.21
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 63 17,966 4.45
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 327 0.08
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 136 19,667 4.87
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 621 58,602 14.50
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 5 383 0.09
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 200 0.05
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 322 0.08
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 104 10,859 2.69
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 39 0.01
Enterprise Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 36 3,241 0.80
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 76 19,343 4.79
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 76 0.02
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 963 0.24
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 40 9,485 2.35
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 90 0.02
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 856 0.21
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 1,065 0.26
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 219 0.05
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 522 0.13
Hindus Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 39 3,989 0.99
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 3,450 0.85
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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14 10,359 2.56
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 422 0.10
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 1,241 0.31
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 515 0.13
Jewish Other Judaism 11 11,350 2.81
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 29 6,499 1.61
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 105 0.03
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 9 495 0.12
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 4 244 0.06
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 140 0.03
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 10 4,696 1.16
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 133 20,441 5.06
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant Baptist 13 826 0.20
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 32 2,272 0.56
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 10 805 0.20
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 72 0.02
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 19 1,746 0.43
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 196 36,940 9.14
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 831 0.21
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 65 --- ---
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association of Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 1,069 0.26
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 297 0.07
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 19 3,432 0.85
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 54 6,767 1.67
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 57 5,900 1.46
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2,424 979,994 242.47
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 9 1,081 0.27
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 32 8,763 2.17
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 991 208,720 51.64
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,603 0.40
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 45 4,112 1.02
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 305 0.08
Totals: 7,143 2,159,541  

The population of Kentucky was 4,041,769 in 2000; in 1990 it was 3,685,296. The total population changed 9.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,159,541) included 53.4% 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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