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Brazoria County, Texas

Religious Traditions, 2010

98,539 1,454 17,854   50,863 9,752 134,704
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox 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 41 34,829 205.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 23 3,775 22.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 20 11,829 69.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 3,027 17.8
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 14 21,854 128.9
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 2,744 16.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 6 2,036 12.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 5 718 4.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 491 2.9
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 900 5.3
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 1,897 11.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,030 6.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 577 3.4
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 31 0.2
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 62 0.4
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 60 0.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 110 0.6
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 27 0.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 121 0.7
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 162 1.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 36 0.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 42 0.2
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Totals: 161 86,358  

The population of Brazoria County, Texas was 169,587 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (86,358) included 50.9% 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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