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Polk County (Missouri)

Religious Traditions, 2010

9,565 1,961 633 8 18,970
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic 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
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 12 0.44
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 50 1.85
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 26 3,443 127.56
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 435 16.12
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 187 6.93
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 196 7.26
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 15 5,922 219.40
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 642 23.78
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 112 4.15
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 69 2.56
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 70 2.59
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 438 16.23
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 59 2.19
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 246 9.11
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 1,498 55.50
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 14 0.52
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 1,242 46.01
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 57 2.11
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 100 3.70
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 52 1.93
Totals: 77 14,844  

The population of Polk County, Missouri was 26,992 in 2000; in 1990 it was 21,826. The total population changed 23.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (14,844) included 55.0% of the total population in 2000.

* 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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