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Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

1,476,398 77,851 397,454 1,014,559 14,398 292,272 2,647,484
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
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 48 9,959 2.12
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 1,378 0.29
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 1,564 0.33
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 161 42,092 8.97
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 28 0.01
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 41 0.01
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 13 2,133 0.45
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 28 7,989 1.70
Buddhists Other Other Groups 42 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 167 855,372 182.26
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,194 0.25
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 33 10,126 2.16
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 6,826 1.45
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 800 0.17
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 21 1,291 0.28
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 28 5,019 1.07
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 19 663 0.14
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 91 35,301 7.52
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 39 8,137 1.73
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 242 49,031 10.45
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 6 586 0.12
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 340 0.07
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 --- ---
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 294 0.06
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 73 49,727 10.60
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 541 0.12
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 800 0.17
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 69 29,186 6.22
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 850 0.18
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 2,145 0.46
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 227 0.05
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 14 757 0.16
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 460 0.10
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 4,431 0.94
Hindus Other Other Groups 19 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 45,550 9.71
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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17 19,436 4.14
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 906 0.19
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 1,535 0.33
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 93 0.02
Jain Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Jewish Other Judaism 26 41,225 8.78
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 68 41,071 8.75
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 225 0.05
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 1,175 0.25
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 96 0.02
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 2 870 0.19
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 39 54,220 11.55
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 113 0.02
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 331 0.07
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 62 0.01
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 132 0.03
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 628 0.13
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 350 0.07
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 25 0.01
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 25 2,492 0.53
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 78 44,829 9.55
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 16 3,104 0.66
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 4,282 0.91
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 920 0.20
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 57 8,772 1.87
Sikh Other Other Groups 6 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 623 694,561 147.99
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 60 0.01
Tao Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 8 2,083 0.44
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 16 4,900 1.04
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 246 233,793 49.82
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 3,282 0.70
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 1,900 0.40
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 2,538 2,342,309  

The population of the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 4,693,161 in 2000; in 1990 it was 3,750,963. The total population changed 25.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,342,309) included 49.9% 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 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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