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Mississippi

Religious Traditions, 2010

1,168,450 182,556 244,121 112,488 975 34,326 1,224,381
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2,037 916,440 322.16
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,197 240,576 84.57
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 163 115,760 40.69
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 378 43,396 15.26
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 186 40,558 14.26
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 157 22,841 8.03
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 86 21,124 7.43
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 177 19,484 6.85
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 122 18,776 6.60
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 125 17,599 6.19
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 42 12,992 4.57
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 78 10,375 3.65
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 45 6,315 2.22
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 46 5,958 2.09
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 41 5,472 1.92
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 48 5,456 1.92
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 56 4,578 1.61
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 30 4,045 1.42
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 14 3,919 1.38
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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6 3,800 1.34
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 60 3,397 1.19
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 26 3,372 1.19
Landmark Missionary Baptists, Independent Associations and Unaffiliated Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 2,881 1.01
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 2,663 0.94
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 69 2,589 0.91
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 14 2,280 0.80
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 2,020 0.71
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 21 1,596 0.56
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 19 1,458 0.51
Jewish Other Judaism 14 1,400 0.49
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 1,186 0.42
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 7 1,174 0.41
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant Baptist 16 1,174 0.41
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 1,075 0.38
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 1,000 0.35
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 4 811 0.29
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 786 0.28
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 592 0.21
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 525 0.18
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 498 0.18
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 457 0.16
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 424 0.15
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 418 0.15
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 352 0.12
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 5 228 0.08
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 121 0.04
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 103 0.04
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 100 0.04
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 96 0.03
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 67 0.02
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 51 0.02
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 48 0.02
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 38 0.01
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 32 0.01
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 5 0.00
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 2 0.00
Buddhists Other Other Groups 5 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Hindus Other Other Groups 5 --- ---
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 87 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 --- ---
Totals: 5,505 1,554,483  

The population of Mississippi was 2,844,658 in 2000; in 1990 it was 2,573,216. The total population changed 10.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,554,483) included 54.6% 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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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