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Panola County (Mississippi)

Religious Traditions, 2010

11,538 5,455 3,407 360 28 13,919
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant 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 33 9,318 268.48
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 21 2,724 78.49
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 12 1,826 52.61
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 1,259 36.28
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 670 19.30
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 4 1,952 56.24
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 109 3.14
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 303 8.73
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 572 16.48
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 360 10.37
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 243 7.00
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 40 1.15
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
2 675 19.45
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 107 3.08
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 1 25 0.72
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 21 0.61
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 111 3.20
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 189 5.45
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 189 5.45
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 41 1.18
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 51 1.47
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 3 0.09
Totals: 115 20,788  

The population of Panola County, Mississippi was 34,707 in 2010; in 2000 it was 34,274. The total population changed 1.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (20,788) included 59.9% of the total population in 2010.

* 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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