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Wausau, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

23,686 20,779 41,260 40 1,196 47,102
Evangelical 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
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 575 4.57
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 120 0.95
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 70 0.56
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 459 3.65
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 159 1.26
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 25 46,160 366.83
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 301 2.39
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 150 1.19
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 217 1.72
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 138 1.10
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 1,332 10.59
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 53 0.42
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 465 3.70
Jewish Other Judaism 1 300 2.38
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 435 3.46
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 267 2.12
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 20 13,721 109.04
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 16 10,936 86.91
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 16 4,254 33.81
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 440 3.50
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 2,104 16.72
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 31 0.25
Buddhists Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,518 12.06
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 60 0.48
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 228 1.81
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,401 11.13
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 426 3.39
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 2,795 22.21
Totals: 127 89,115  

The population of the Wausau, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 125,834 in 2000; in 1990 it was 115,400. The total population changed 9.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (89,115) included 70.8% 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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