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Religious Traditions, 2010

1,168,450 182,556 244,121 975 112,488 34,326 1,224,381
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 1,915 760,385 301.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,354 250,240 99.3
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 158 95,096 37.7
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 227 47,209 18.7
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 190 36,016 14.3
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 347 34,148 13.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 162 27,604 11.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 82 20,098 8.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 150 17,805 7.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 106 14,160 5.6
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 159 12,422 4.9
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 47 12,043 4.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 34 7,683 3.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 61 7,566 3.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 52 6,716 2.7
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 54 5,702 2.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 52 5,656 2.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 28 4,344 1.7
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 38 4,072 1.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 30 3,993 1.6
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 14 2,544 1.0
Jewish Other Judaism 12 2,075 0.8
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 15 1,640 0.7
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 19 1,561 0.6
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 1,307 0.5
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 887 0.4
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 867 0.3
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 648 0.3
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 632 0.3
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 13 623 0.2
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 545 0.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 7 284 0.1
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 187 0.1
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 156 0.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 118 0.0
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 4 75 0.0
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 1 74 0.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 58 0.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 48 0.0
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 32 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 0 20 0.0
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 16 0.0
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 16 0.0
Totals: 5,395 1,387,371  

The population of Mississippi was 2,520,638 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,387,371) included 55.0% 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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