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Christian County (Illinois)

Religious Traditions, 2010

6,004 181 4,592 5,473 168 18,382
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
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 181 5.20
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 820 23.56
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 131 3.76
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 4 0.11
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 7 5,473 157.27
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 386 11.09
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 2,107 60.55
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 195 5.60
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 474 13.62
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 45 1.29
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 164 4.71
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 2 164 4.71
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 150 4.31
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 36 1.03
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 1,345 38.65
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
7 630 18.10
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 580 16.67
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 727 20.89
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 172 4.94
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 2,634 75.69
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Totals: 74 16,418  

The population of Christian County, Illinois was 34,800 in 2010; in 2000 it was 35,372. The total population changed -1.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (16,418) included 47.2% 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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