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Palm Beach County (Florida)

Religious Traditions, 2010

143,738 17,533 44,223 210,006 5,695 62,520 836,419
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 53 42,099 37.22
Jewish Other Judaism 45 167,000 147.63
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 36 300,456 265.61
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 36 5,888 5.21
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 22 11,124 9.83
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 22 18,616 16.46
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 17 1,851 1.64
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 17 3,069 2.71
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 16 8,259 7.30
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 2,448 2.16
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 7,120 6.29
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 628 0.56
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 2,420 2.14
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 11 7,121 6.30
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 10 1,851 1.64
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 2,909 2.57
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 5,027 4.44
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 8 3,160 2.79
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,439 1.27
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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7 14,990 13.25
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 24 0.02
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 3,430 3.03
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 3,990 3.53
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 952 0.84
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 361 0.32
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 130 0.11
Hindus Other Other Groups 4 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 4,900 4.33
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 177 0.16
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 958 0.85
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 477 0.42
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 281 0.25
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 506 0.45
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 400 0.35
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 2 195 0.17
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,797 1.59
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 300 0.27
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 511 0.45
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 118 0.10
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 149 0.13
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 60 0.05
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 386 0.34
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,700 1.50
Buddhists Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 28 0.02
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 100 0.09
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 72 0.06
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 125 0.11
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 29 0.03
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,341 1.19
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 15 0.01
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 102 0.09
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 841 0.74
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 99 0.09
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 239 0.21
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 58 0.05
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 60 0.05
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 158 0.14
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 477 632,544  

The population of Palm Beach County, Florida was 1,131,184 in 2000; in 1990 it was 863,518. The total population changed 31.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (632,544) included 55.9% 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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