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DeKalb County (Georgia)

Religious Traditions, 2010

136,806 27,228 69,164 62,844 4,458 31,499 359,894
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox 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 61 81,877 150.00
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 47 40,380 73.98
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 10 36,923 67.64
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 27,654 50.66
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 18,900 34.63
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 26 13,908 25.48
Jewish Other Judaism 7 12,512 22.92
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
5 10,540 19.31
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 9 7,634 13.99
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 6,575 12.05
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 4,258 7.80
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 3,779 6.92
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 9 3,010 5.51
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 2,841 5.20
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 10 2,723 4.99
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 2,114 3.87
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 1,764 3.23
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 1,281 2.35
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,035 1.90
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,002 1.84
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 850 1.56
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 790 1.45
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 728 1.33
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 702 1.29
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 645 1.18
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 631 1.16
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 411 0.75
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 377 0.69
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 360 0.66
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 256 0.47
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 226 0.41
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 210 0.38
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 190 0.35
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 161 0.29
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 159 0.29
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 121 0.22
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 117 0.21
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 96 0.18
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 90 0.16
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 32 0.06
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Totals: 296 287,862  

The population of DeKalb County, Georgia was 545,837 in 1990; in 1980 it was 483,024. The total population changed 13.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (287,862) included 52.7% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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