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Ames, IA 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 9 11,170 89.18
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 15 8,426 67.27
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 23 7,304 58.31
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 6 3,270 26.11
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 5 2,628 20.98
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 8 2,177 17.38
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 4 1,878 14.99
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 5 1,086 8.67
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 1,000 7.98
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 6 978 7.81
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 606 4.84
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 2 576 4.60
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 550 4.39
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 500 3.99
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 3 450 3.59
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 3 401 3.20
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 2 334 2.67
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3 334 2.67
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 327 2.61
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 1 300 2.40
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 2 280 2.24
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 1 278 2.22
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 3 210 1.68
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 4 202 1.61
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 3 179 1.43
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 151 1.21
Open Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 146 1.17
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 130 1.04
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 107 0.85
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 65 0.52
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 1 52 0.42
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 50 0.40
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 46 0.37
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 27 0.22
Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 20 0.16
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 7 0.06
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 6 0.05
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
The Local Churches Evangelical Protestant 1
Calvary Chapel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 7
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 4
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Reformed Presbyterian Church Hanover Presbytery Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this metro area was 125,252 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (46,251) included 36.9% 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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