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Religious Traditions, 2010

162,614 9,369 74,404 230,488 2,042 37,156 482,881
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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 43 0.04
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 2,801 2.82
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 32 0.03
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 21 3,122 3.14
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 938 0.94
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 45,751 46.05
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 104 317,562 319.63
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 10 1,360 1.37
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 995 1.00
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 3,380 3.40
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 11 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 588 0.59
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 703 0.71
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 62 0.06
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 12 4,564 4.59
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 70 0.07
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 2,297 2.31
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 22 5,338 5.37
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 263 0.26
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 17 9,906 9.97
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 616 0.62
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 14 7,485 7.53
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 237 0.24
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 765 0.77
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 191 0.19
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 5 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 10,740 10.81
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
9 3,890 3.92
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 30 0.03
Jewish Other Judaism 6 21,689 21.83
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 47 41,026 41.29
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 202 0.20
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,289 1.30
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 290 0.29
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 34 20,656 20.79
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 1,445 1.45
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 232 0.23
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 22 0.02
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 574 0.58
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 66 57,911 58.29
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 3 842 0.85
United Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 145 0.15
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 35 24,807 24.97
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 41 27,995 28.18
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 366 0.37
Totals: 559 623,220  

The population of St. Louis County, Missouri was 993,529 in 1990; in 1980 it was 973,896. The total population changed 2.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (623,220) included 62.7% 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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