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Memphis, TN-MS-AR, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

391,866 177,634 110,838 69,529 1,125 29,153 544,684
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 2 96 0.08
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 13 2,355 1.94
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 3,138 2.59
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 428 0.35
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 80 0.07
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 42 10,553 8.70
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,149 0.95
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 321 0.26
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 2,455 2.02
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 77 0.06
Buddhists Other Other Groups 4 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 40 55,246 45.54
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 64 0.05
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 16 17,722 14.61
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 2,770 2.28
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 196 0.16
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 2,927 2.41
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 341 0.28
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 14 4,535 3.74
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 21 2,212 1.82
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 134 31,062 25.60
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 2 163 0.13
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 19 2,864 2.36
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 20 5,015 4.13
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 120 0.10
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 7 1,692 1.39
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 8,872 7.31
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 82 0.07
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 993 0.82
Hindus Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 2,850 2.35
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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9 3,807 3.14
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 160 0.13
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 974 0.80
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Jewish Other Judaism 6 8,500 7.01
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 15 5,138 4.23
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 14 0.01
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 3 3,200 2.64
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 334 0.28
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 220 0.18
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 47 13,233 10.91
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 3,011 2.48
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Reformed Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 10 0.01
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 542 0.45
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 15 4,401 3.63
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 276 242,901 200.21
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 3 802 0.66
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 568 0.47
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 159 66,903 55.14
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 167 0.14
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 54 0.04
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 168 0.14
Totals: 998 515,485  

The population of the Memphis, TN-MS-AR, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 1,213,230 in 2000; in 1990 it was 1,075,309. The total population changed 12.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (515,485) included 42.5% 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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