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DeKalb County (Illinois)

Religious Traditions, 2010

9,843 182 14,719 19,447 400 4,267 56,302
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 7 17,079 191.97
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 9 5,750 64.63
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 14 4,982 56.00
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 3,074 34.55
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 2,959 33.26
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 1,029 11.57
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 983 11.05
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Bapti Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 822 9.24
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 749 8.42
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 588 6.61
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 562 6.32
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 465 5.23
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 411 4.62
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 405 4.55
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 350 3.93
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 279 3.14
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 273 3.07
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 270 3.03
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 258 2.90
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 241 2.71
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 210 2.36
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 200 2.25
Jewish Other Judaism 1 180 2.02
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 171 1.92
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 129 1.45
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 125 1.40
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 111 1.25
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 98 1.10
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 96 1.08
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 95 1.07
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 82 0.92
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 81 0.91
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 67 0.75
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 43 0.48
Totals: 90 43,217  

The population of DeKalb County, Illinois was 88,969 in 2000; in 1990 it was 77,932. The total population changed 14.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (43,217) included 48.6% 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 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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