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Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI Metro Area - Metro Area Membership Report (2020)

Exact definitions of "congregations" and "adherents" vary by religious body. Congregations may be parishes, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or another site where a religious body has regularly scheduled worship services. Adherents generally are members, children who are not members, and others who are not members but are considered participants in the congregation.

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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 130 385,313 244.68
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 181 104,730 66.51
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 78 52,621 33.42
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 72 44,551 28.29
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 88 44,300 28.13
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 11 43,982 27.93
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 33 25,318 16.08
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 36 17,634 11.20
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 50 17,350 11.02
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 47 10,824 6.87
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 33 10,304 6.54
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 36 9,828 6.24
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 16 9,676 6.14
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 13 9,424 5.98
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 35 8,094 5.14
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 40 7,728 4.91
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 13 5,865 3.72
Hindu, Traditional Temples Hinduism Hinduism Family 3 5,731 3.64
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 3 4,563 2.90
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 27 4,555 2.89
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 23 4,373 2.78
Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 4,150 2.64
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 12 3,648 2.32
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 8 2,840 1.80
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 4 2,224 1.41
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 4 2,180 1.38
Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 3 2,010 1.28
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 6 1,962 1.25
Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 4 1,814 1.15
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 7 1,793 1.14
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 11 1,482 0.94
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 6 1,437 0.91
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 1,300 0.83
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 4 1,230 0.78
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 1,053 0.67
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2 954 0.61
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 811 0.52
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 800 0.51
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Black Protestant Baptist Family 4 720 0.46
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 6 707 0.45
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 5 626 0.40
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 5 616 0.39
National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 1 600 0.38
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 1 600 0.38
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 562 0.36
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 4 485 0.31
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 5 443 0.28
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 6 422 0.27
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 360 0.23
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 346 0.22
Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 300 0.19
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 281 0.18
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 250 0.16
Ethiopian Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 200 0.13
Reconstructionist Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 192 0.12
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 2 174 0.11
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 160 0.10
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 149 0.09
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 145 0.09
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 1 120 0.08
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 111 0.07
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 99 0.06
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 90 0.06
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 6 89 0.06
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 85 0.05
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 1 60 0.04
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 0 56 0.04
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 48 0.03
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 40 0.03
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 1 38 0.02
General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 1
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist Family 3
Church of the Living God (Christian Workers for Fellowship) Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Church of the Living God, the Pillar and Ground of the Truth, Inc. [Lewis Dominion] Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Anglican Catholic Church Other Christians Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
Christian Congregation in North America Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
The Local Churches Evangelical Protestant 1
International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
Unification Church Other Other Groups Family 1
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Anglican Church in America Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies Evangelical Protestant 2
Grace Communion International Evangelical Protestant 1
United Church of God Other Christians Adventist Family 1
Chabad Judaism Judaism 14
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 3
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 11
Brethren in Christ Church Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 2
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 6
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 3
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Jain Other Other Groups Family 2
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3
New Apostolic Church USA Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
Polish National Catholic Church of America Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 4
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 3
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 5
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 2
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 21
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this metro area was 1,574,731 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (867,626) included 55.1% of the total population in 2020. The adherence rate is the number of adherents of a given group per 1,000 people in the general population.

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at https://www.usreligioncensus.org/.

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155.

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