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Joplin, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

72,810 502 11,414 7,029 3,979 79,784
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic 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
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 55 0.41
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 238 1.76
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 168 1.25
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 381 2.82
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 1,325 9.82
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 31 9,510 70.49
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 24 2,677 19.84
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 716 5.31
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 30 0.22
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 71 33,985 251.91
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 7 5,328 39.49
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 1,241 9.20
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 35 0.26
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 92 0.68
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 26 0.19
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 120 0.89
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 391 2.90
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,780 13.19
Fire Baptized Holiness Church, (Wesleyan), The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 45 0.33
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 30 0.22
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 189 1.40
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 70 0.52
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Jewish Other Judaism 1 100 0.74
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 1,312 9.73
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 178 1.32
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 1,834 13.59
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 70 0.52
Fundamental Methodist Conference, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 8 0.06
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 32 8,334 61.77
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 20 7,466 55.34
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 345 2.56
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 31 0.23
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 41 0.30
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 700 5.19
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 393 2.91
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 453 3.36
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 2,343 17.37
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 18 0.13
Totals: 273 82,058  

The population of the Joplin, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 134,910 in 1990; in 1980 it was 127,513. The total population changed 5.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (82,058) included 60.8% 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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