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Chattanooga, TN-GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

204,598 15,214 41,627 388 14,292 6,846 245,178
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 195 106,583 246.0
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
7 42,330 97.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 98 34,298 79.2
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 24,301 56.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 82 12,506 28.9
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 8 11,941 27.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 73 10,498 24.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 22 7,852 18.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 6,043 13.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 13 5,929 13.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 18 4,672 10.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 19 2,911 6.7
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 2,510 5.8
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 2,176 5.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 1,830 4.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 1,574 3.6
Jewish Other Judaism 3 1,481 3.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 1,140 2.6
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 970 2.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 905 2.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 4 881 2.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 3 802 1.9
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 566 1.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 535 1.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 383 0.9
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 350 0.8
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 299 0.7
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 278 0.6
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 274 0.6
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 220 0.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 220 0.5
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 181 0.4
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 170 0.4
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 148 0.3
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 72 0.2
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 41 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 36 0.1
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 18 0.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 11 0.0
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Totals: 655 287,935  

The population of the Chattanooga, TN-GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 433,210 in 1990; in 1980 it was 426,540. The total population changed 1.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (287,935) included 66.5% of the total population in 1990.

Chattanooga, TN-GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 6 counties: Catoosa County, Georgia, Dade County, Georgia, Hamilton County, Tennessee, Marion County, Tennessee, Sequatchie County, Tennessee, Walker County, Georgia.

* 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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