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Religious Traditions, 2010

1,077,287 65,641 278,855 741,896 12,884 213,212 1,702,684
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
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 23 5,824 1.71
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 1,378 0.41
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 1,564 0.46
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 85 29,522 8.68
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 7 1,610 0.47
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 15 4,664 1.37
Buddhists Other Other Groups 36 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 106 618,649 181.92
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,194 0.35
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 21 7,404 2.18
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 15 3,774 1.11
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 657 0.19
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 14 1,023 0.30
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 22 4,566 1.34
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 280 0.08
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 63 24,690 7.26
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 29 6,642 1.95
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 145 33,629 9.89
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 4 397 0.12
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 340 0.10
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 294 0.09
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 44 40,001 11.76
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 461 0.14
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 180 0.05
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 37 16,362 4.81
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 850 0.25
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,474 0.43
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 5 233 0.07
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 460 0.14
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 4,125 1.21
Hindus Other Other Groups 14 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 43,750 12.87
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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16 17,336 5.10
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 906 0.27
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 660 0.19
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 93 0.03
Jain Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Jewish Other Judaism 21 35,900 10.56
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 49 34,175 10.05
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 225 0.07
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 550 0.16
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 76 0.02
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 2 870 0.26
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 33 47,568 13.99
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 113 0.03
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 220 0.06
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 132 0.04
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 628 0.18
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 350 0.10
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 25 0.01
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 1,505 0.44
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 53 38,142 11.22
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 2,704 0.80
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 3,688 1.08
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 800 0.24
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 37 7,328 2.15
Sikh Other Other Groups 6 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 365 485,075 142.64
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 60 0.02
Tao Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 5 1,644 0.48
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 3,130 0.92
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 142 170,618 50.17
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 1,416 0.42
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 1,208 0.36
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 1,587 1,713,211  

The population of Harris County, Texas was 3,400,578 in 2000; in 1990 it was 2,818,199. The total population changed 20.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,713,211) included 50.4% 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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