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Religious Traditions, 2010

55,953 125 20,193 23,511 44 5,454 116,659
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 44 0.24
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 333 1.81
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 4,561 24.79
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 18 0.10
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 10 23,507 127.75
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 11 6,536 35.52
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 773 4.20
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups 3 380 2.07
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 32 0.17
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 33 0.18
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 7 2,479 13.47
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 890 4.84
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 1,354 7.36
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,336 7.26
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 50 0.27
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 33 0.18
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 805 4.37
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 238 1.29
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 80 0.43
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 1,130 6.14
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 3,500 19.02
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
6 2,502 13.60
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 313 1.70
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 2,858 15.53
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 106 0.58
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 741 4.03
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 835 4.54
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 81 0.44
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 163 0.89
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 144 0.78
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 39 26,597 144.54
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 264 1.43
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 15 9,087 49.38
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 626 3.40
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 90 0.49
Totals: 160 92,519  

The population of Clay County, Missouri was 184,006 in 2000; in 1990 it was 153,411. The total population changed 19.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (92,519) included 50.3% 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 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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