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Orleans Parish (Louisiana)

Religious Traditions, 2010

33,089 22,301 17,055 106,088 1,049 12,006 152,241
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 74 171,328 344.77
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 77,820 156.60
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 29 24,295 48.89
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 38 13,898 27.97
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 12 6,672 13.43
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 18 6,653 13.39
Jewish Other Judaism 8 4,814 9.69
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 4,650 9.36
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 7 3,480 7.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 2,800 5.63
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 2,590 5.21
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 2,280 4.59
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 2,051 4.13
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,514 3.05
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,130 2.27
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 1,012 2.04
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 500 1.01
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 446 0.90
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 373 0.75
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 287 0.58
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 275 0.55
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 247 0.50
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 138 0.28
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 115 0.23
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 92 0.19
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 91 0.18
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 85 0.17
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 63 0.13
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 39 0.08
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 32 0.06
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 4 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Totals: 262 329,770  

The population of Orleans Parish, Louisiana was 496,938 in 1990; in 1980 it was 557,515. The total population changed -10.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (329,770) included 66.4% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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