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Manatee County (Florida)

Religious Traditions, 2010

48,255 2,519 17,180 50,700 960 2,347 200,872
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 25 16,891 79.78
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 7 16,452 77.71
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 16 9,699 45.81
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 4,979 23.52
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 3,685 17.41
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 2,556 12.07
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
3 1,610 7.60
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 1,515 7.16
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 1,400 6.61
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 1,316 6.22
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 924 4.36
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 876 4.14
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 854 4.03
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 838 3.96
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 793 3.75
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 792 3.74
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 678 3.20
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 676 3.19
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 648 3.06
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 541 2.56
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 431 2.04
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 411 1.94
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 366 1.73
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 243 1.15
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 232 1.10
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 227 1.07
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 176 0.83
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 168 0.79
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 156 0.74
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 122 0.58
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 105 0.50
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 89 0.42
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 70 0.33
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 61 0.29
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 51 0.24
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 40 0.19
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 40 0.19
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 35 0.17
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 30 0.14
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 22 0.10
Jewish Other Judaism 1 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Totals: 137 70,798  

The population of Manatee County, Florida was 211,707 in 1990; in 1980 it was 148,442. The total population changed 42.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (70,798) included 33.4% 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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