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Memphis, TN-MS-AR, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

391,866 177,634 110,838 69,529 1,125 29,153 544,684
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 234 205,318 204.09
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 175 67,030 66.63
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 114 27,217 27.05
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 112 57,486 57.14
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 62 20,566 20.44
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 40 45,027 44.76
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 37 8,554 8.50
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 32 13,385 13.31
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 29 2,504 2.49
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 20 6,732 6.69
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 20 3,489 3.47
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 17 2,520 2.50
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 13 3,917 3.89
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 13 4,010 3.99
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 1,992 1.98
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 11 2,545 2.53
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 10 2,168 2.16
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 1,297 1.29
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 1,760 1.75
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 937 0.93
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 7 2,710 2.69
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 1,176 1.17
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 822 0.82
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 2,802 2.79
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 473 0.47
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 236 0.23
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 75 0.07
Jewish Other Judaism 2 3,707 3.68
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 449 0.45
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 161 0.16
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 467 0.46
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 278 0.28
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 69 0.07
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 0.00
Bethel Ministerial Association, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 245 0.24
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 180 0.18
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 12 0.01
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 32 0.03
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 0.00
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 50 0.05
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 84 0.08
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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0 0 0.00
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 1,023 492,482  

The population of the Memphis, TN-MS-AR, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 1,005,997 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (492,482) included 49.0% of the total population in 1980.

* 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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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