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Birmingham-Hoover, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

510,091 114,079 93,663 64,998 1,482 16,487 327,247
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 617 289,229 310.90
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 251 90,661 97.46
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 159 21,226 22.82
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 107 11,082 11.91
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 52 12,445 13.38
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 43 13,800 14.83
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 42 27,912 30.00
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 34 15,294 16.44
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 32 3,457 3.72
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 31 22,136 23.79
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 25 4,020 4.32
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 19 9,592 10.31
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 18 2,559 2.75
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 14 3,022 3.25
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 4,134 4.44
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 1,949 2.10
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 9 1,954 2.10
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 859 0.92
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 2,362 2.54
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 6 2,337 2.51
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 6 1,456 1.57
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 350 0.38
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 319 0.34
Jewish Other Judaism 3 2,239 2.41
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 75 0.08
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 569 0.61
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 242 0.26
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 606 0.65
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 124 0.13
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 438 0.47
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 75 0.08
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 115 0.12
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 110 0.12
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 4 0.00
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 61 0.07
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 60 0.06
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 15 0.02
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 25 0.03
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 222 0.24
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 117 0.13
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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0 0 0.00
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 0 25 0.03
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 1,544 547,277  

The population of the Birmingham-Hoover, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 930,281 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (547,277) included 58.8% of the total population in 1980.

* 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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