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Saginaw County (Michigan)

Religious Traditions, 2010

30,990 10,053 13,477 35,873 350 1,323 108,103
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 33 58,219 255.28
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 13 18,692 81.96
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 11 8,915 39.09
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 18 7,892 34.61
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 12 7,143 31.32
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 5,019 22.01
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 2,534 11.11
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 7 2,378 10.43
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 2,357 10.34
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 1,966 8.62
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 1,671 7.33
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 1,107 4.85
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 604 2.65
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 405 1.78
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 376 1.65
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 322 1.41
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 313 1.37
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 267 1.17
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 252 1.10
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 223 0.98
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 208 0.91
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 188 0.82
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 170 0.75
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 150 0.66
The Protestant Conference (Lutheran) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 150 0.66
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 145 0.64
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 142 0.62
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 135 0.59
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 124 0.54
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 87 0.38
Jewish Other Judaism 2 76 0.33
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 73 0.32
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 65 0.29
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 31 0.14
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 10 0.04
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 166 122,409  

The population of Saginaw County, Michigan was 228,059 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (122,409) included 53.7% of the total population in 1980.

* 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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