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Bell County (Texas)

Religious Traditions, 2010

84,720 5,378 16,861 25,366 14,386 163,524
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 92 50,789 163.71
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 9 25,366 81.76
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
57 21,489 69.27
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 23 12,151 39.17
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 5,084 16.39
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 7 5,046 16.27
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 4,465 14.39
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 3,000 9.67
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 3 2,152 6.94
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 8 2,027 6.53
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 1,800 5.80
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 1,781 5.74
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 1,366 4.40
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 1 1,364 4.40
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 1,312 4.23
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,102 3.55
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 1,052 3.39
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 933 3.01
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 8 930 3.00
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 800 2.58
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 518 1.67
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 350 1.13
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 331 1.07
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 326 1.05
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 247 0.80
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 185 0.60
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 165 0.53
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 162 0.52
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 110 0.35
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 98 0.32
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 59 0.19
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 57 0.18
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 54 0.17
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 40 0.13
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 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 7 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Unity of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 --- ---
Totals: 316 146,711  

The population of Bell County, Texas was 310,235 in 2010; in 2000 it was 237,974. The total population changed 30.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (146,711) included 47.3% 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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