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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 % Change
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement +0 +5,109 +397.9%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +0 +85 +354.2%
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups +1 +3,771 +287.2%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +0 +480 +225.4%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +3 +1,842 +95.5%
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +0 +239 +63.7%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +0 +359 +54.6%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +1 +70 +48.3%
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist -1 +351 +40.3%
Bahá'í Other Other Groups +1 +17 +37.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +28 +12,443 +28.4%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 +347 +21.6%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +0 +25 +18.5%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +0 +18 +17.1%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism -2 +2,521 +5.2%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist +2 -280 -2.3%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -10 -5.5%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement +0 -280 -7.9%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism +0 -164 -8.7%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 -257 -10.8%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +1 -400 -11.2%
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints +0 -14 -11.3%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran +0 -429 -19.2%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 -40 -21.1%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement +0 -122 -22.6%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +0 -18 -32.1%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 -25 -35.7%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness -4 -232 -39.3%
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
--- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: +31 +25,406 +20%

The population of Brazoria County, Texas was 313,166 in 2010; in 2000 it was 241,767. The total population changed 29.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (178,462) included 57.0% of the total population in 2010.

The population of Brazoria County, Texas was 241,767 in 2000; in 1990 it was 191,707. The total population changed 26.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (128,501) included 53.2% 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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