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Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

548,653 55,805 133,396 7,586 69,330 29,587 826,533
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
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 9 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 27 5,729 5.9
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,160 1.2
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 2,282 2.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 309 173,526 180.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 27 29,305 30.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 20 8,652 9.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 50 0.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 107 0.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 1,227 1.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 61 10,589 11.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 648 0.7
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 197 0.2
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 185 0.2
Jewish Other Judaism 2 2,101 2.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 8 2,003 2.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 270 0.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 9 3,304 3.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 1,298 1.3
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 118 0.1
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 210 0.2
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 15 11,443 11.9
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 1,128 1.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 300 84,043 87.2
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 150 0.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 27 3,811 4.0
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 21 1,999 2.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 34 0.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 35 0.0
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 31 0.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 61 9,535 9.9
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 57 16,902 17.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 206 0.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 435 0.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 14 4,643 4.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 7 1,735 1.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 457 93,214 96.7
Totals: 1,480 472,314  

The population of the Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 963,757 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (472,314) included 49.0% of the total population in 1980.

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 14 counties: Cannon County, Tennessee, Cheatham County, Tennessee, Davidson County, Tennessee, Dickson County, Tennessee, Hickman County, Tennessee, Macon County, Tennessee, Maury County, Tennessee, Robertson County, Tennessee, Rutherford County, Tennessee, Smith County, Tennessee, Sumner County, Tennessee, Trousdale County, Tennessee, Williamson County, Tennessee, Wilson County, Tennessee.

* 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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