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Meridian, MS, Micropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

49,242 9,115 12,662 1,828 1,242 33,360
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic 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
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 804 7.48
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 310 2.89
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 1,108 10.31
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 42 0.39
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 1,828 17.01
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 663 6.17
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 520 4.84
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 14 888 8.26
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 838 7.80
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 59 0.55
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 808 7.52
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 951 8.85
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 578 5.38
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 0 0.00
Congregational Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 52 0.48
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 761 7.08
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 530 4.93
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 98 0.91
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 603 5.61
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 135 1.26
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 93 0.87
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 2.87
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 133 1.24
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 16 7,295 67.89
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 186 1.73
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
20 4,325 40.25
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 261 2.43
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 378 3.52
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 84 0.78
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 245 2.28
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 973 9.06
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 92 37,255 346.72
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 94 10,977 102.16
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Totals: 338 74,089  

The population of the Meridian, MS, Micropolitan Statistical Area was 107,449 in 2010; in 2000 it was 106,569. The total population changed 0.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (74,089) included 69.0% of the total population in 2010.

* 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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