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Religious Traditions, 2010

100,960 1,976 32,550 50,866 13,480 41,001 469,398
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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 366 0.67
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 93 45,203 82.18
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 85 8,779 15.96
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 50 0.09
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 5,530 10.05
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,096 1.99
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 6 434 0.79
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 1,456 2.65
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 239 0.43
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 826 1.50
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 1,933 3.51
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 159 0.29
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 47 0.09
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 24 3,935 7.15
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 28 2,226 4.05
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 384 0.70
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 110 0.20
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 116 0.21
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 219 0.40
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 2,500 4.55
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
6 6,325 11.50
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 366 0.67
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 10 3,404 6.19
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 2 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 539 0.98
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 32 2,487 4.52
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 25 2,961 5.38
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 59 28,718 52.21
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 461 0.84
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 1,012 1.84
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 10 1,942 3.53
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 247 0.45
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 43 7,540 13.71
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 28 9,690 17.62
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 17 2,814 5.12
Moravian Church in America--Alaska Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 22 5,338 9.70
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 598 1.09
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 37 6,307 11.47
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 26 4,956 9.01
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 86 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 6 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 58 15,751 28.64
Jewish Other Judaism 1 0 0.00
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 4 271 0.49
Totals: 814 177,337  

The population of Alaska was 550,043 in 1990; in 1980 it was 401,851. The total population changed 36.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (177,337) included 32.2% 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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