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Cole County (Missouri)

Religious Traditions, 2010

23,002 859 7,247 20,145 1,624 23,113
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 9 20,145 265.10
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 21 11,941 157.14
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 3,892 51.22
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 2,187 28.78
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 1,973 25.96
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
7 1,613 21.23
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 1,306 17.19
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,300 17.11
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 1,278 16.82
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 1,106 14.55
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 950 12.50
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 718 9.45
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 699 9.20
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 610 8.03
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 426 5.61
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 368 4.84
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 2 314 4.13
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 4.05
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 279 3.67
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 200 2.63
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 184 2.42
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 184 2.42
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 145 1.91
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 138 1.82
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 123 1.62
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 120 1.58
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 118 1.55
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 89 1.17
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 70 0.92
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 51 0.67
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 25 0.33
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 17 0.22
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 93 52,877  

The population of Cole County, Missouri was 75,990 in 2010; in 2000 it was 71,397. The total population changed 6.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (52,877) included 69.6% 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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