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Washington County (Tennessee)

Religious Traditions, 2010

51,327 736 12,877 3,000 45 1,924 53,070
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 50 21,399 231.80
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 32 10,660 115.47
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 25 5,570 60.34
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 15 2,399 25.99
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 2,221 24.06
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 1,800 19.50
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 1,650 17.87
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 1,144 12.39
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 934 10.12
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 914 9.90
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 849 9.20
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 768 8.32
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 620 6.72
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 588 6.37
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 572 6.20
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 495 5.36
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 402 4.35
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 361 3.91
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 297 3.22
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 262 2.84
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 215 2.33
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 147 1.59
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 146 1.58
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 134 1.45
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 109 1.18
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 102 1.10
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 58 0.63
Jewish Other Judaism 0 55 0.60
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 32 0.35
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 22 0.24
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 8 0.09
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Totals: 189 54,933  

The population of Washington County, Tennessee was 92,315 in 1990; in 1980 it was 88,755. The total population changed 4.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (54,933) included 59.5% 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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