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Religious Traditions, 2010

35,738 3,429 17,761 5,367 525 8,593 25,619
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 20 14,093 148.49
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 15 7,410 78.07
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 2,446 25.77
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,221 12.86
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 1,592 16.77
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 6 2,690 28.34
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 351 3.70
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 335 3.53
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 4,425 46.62
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 299 3.15
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 938 9.88
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
3 1,020 10.75
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 1,865 19.65
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 1,462 15.40
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 100 1.05
Jewish Other Judaism 2 900 9.48
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 509 5.36
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 37 0.39
Buddhists Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 330 3.48
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 602 6.34
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 42 0.44
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 543 5.72
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 128 1.35
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 534 5.63
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 18 0.19
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 260 2.74
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 65 0.68
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 84 0.89
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 302 3.18
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 712 7.50
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 232 2.44
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 52 0.55
Totals: 107 45,597  

* 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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