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Methodist Family

The Methodist-Pietist family consists of churches that stress the importance of internal faith, spirituality, and Christian living over adherence to formal creeds and doctrine. The largest among these churches is the United Methodist Church, which follows the teachings of John Wesley, who in the 18th century broke away from the Church of England because of his emphasis on personal holiness. Other Methodist churches include the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

Maps: Methodist Family1

Adherence Rate per 1,000 (2020)

Congregations (2020)

Top 5 Methodist Family States (2020)1 [View all states]

Rank State Adherents Adherence Rate
1 South Carolina 379,473 74.10
2 Mississippi 217,275 73.40
3 North Carolina 754,666 72.30
4 Alabama 348,274 69.30
5 Oklahoma 269,466 68.10

Top 5 Methodist Family Counties (2020)1 [View all counties]

Rank County Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Hooker County, Nebraska 274 385.40
2 Cimarron County, Oklahoma 820 357.10
3 Lane County, Kansas 530 336.70
4 Cheyenne County, Kansas 837 320.00
5 Clark County, Kansas 631 316.90

Top 5 Methodist Family Metro Areas (2020)1 [View all Metro Areas]

Rank Metro Area Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Georgetown, SC Micro Area 13,153 207.40
2 Orangeburg, SC Micro Area 14,886 176.70
3 Newberry, SC Micro Area 6,362 168.70
4 Brownsville, TN Micro Area 3,014 168.70
5 Woodward, OK Micro Area 3,952 163.20

Methodist Family: Adherence Rates (1980 - 2020)1


1 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. [More information on the data sources]

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