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Elkhart County (Indiana)

Religious Traditions, 2010

52,931 3,889 13,375 10,765 248 1,259 115,092
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
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 61 4,758 26.03
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 34 8,765 47.95
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 20 8,225 45.00
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 18 3,830 20.95
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 18 5,450 29.82
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 11 1,047 5.73
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 10 3,458 18.92
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 1,740 9.52
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 941 5.15
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 1,771 9.69
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,389 7.60
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 1,269 6.94
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 855 4.68
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 473 2.59
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 4 11,373 62.22
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 1,006 5.50
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,105 6.05
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Bapti Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,036 5.67
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,324 7.24
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 780 4.27
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 380 2.08
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
3 1,165 6.37
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 1,283 7.02
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,471 8.05
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 270 1.48
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 251 1.37
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 166 0.91
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 782 4.28
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 467 2.55
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 822 4.50
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 153 0.84
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 680 3.72
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 5 0.03
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 44 0.24
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 72 0.39
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 263 1.44
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 46 0.25
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 850 4.65
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 58 0.32
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 3 0.02
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 108 0.59
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 157 0.86
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 83 0.45
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 25 0.14
Totals: 281 70,199  

The population of Elkhart County, Indiana was 182,791 in 2000; in 1990 it was 156,198. The total population changed 17.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (70,199) included 38.4% 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 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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