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Chaves County (New Mexico)

Religious Traditions, 2010

17,026 448 2,193 14,031 1,399 30,548
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 16 9,577 187.41
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 1,610 31.50
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 1,071 20.96
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 3,388 66.30
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 5 9,535 186.58
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 143 2.80
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,138 22.27
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 387 7.57
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 226 4.42
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 559 10.94
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 709 13.87
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 145 2.84
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 215 4.21
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 410 8.02
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 105 2.05
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 40 0.78
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 42 0.82
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 15 0.29
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 22 0.43
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 251 4.91
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 0 0.00
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 283 5.54
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 192 3.76
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 26 0.51
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
0 0 0.00
Jewish Other Judaism 0 0 0.00
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 0 0.00
Totals: 80 30,089  

The population of Chaves County, New Mexico was 51,103 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (30,089) included 58.9% 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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