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Shelby County (Tennessee)

Religious Traditions, 2010

260,401 150,894 87,990 61,202 1,125 26,520 339,512
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 117 152,617 196.39
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 71 49,955 64.28
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 28 41,233 53.06
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 30 33,096 42.59
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 58 20,247 26.05
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 35 17,741 22.83
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 20 12,430 16.00
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 17 6,466 8.32
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 6,014 7.74
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 10 3,720 4.79
Jewish Other Judaism 2 3,707 4.77
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 2,916 3.75
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 2,802 3.61
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 2,500 3.22
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 8 2,390 3.08
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 2,265 2.91
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 8 2,127 2.74
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 2,032 2.61
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 1,660 2.14
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,465 1.89
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 1,176 1.51
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 917 1.18
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 876 1.13
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 774 1.00
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 556 0.72
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 467 0.60
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 449 0.58
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 395 0.51
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 278 0.36
Bethel Ministerial Association, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 245 0.32
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 213 0.27
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 180 0.23
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 161 0.21
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 84 0.11
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 69 0.09
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 50 0.06
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 50 0.06
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 12 0.02
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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0 0 0.00
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 0 0 0.00
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 0.00
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 521 374,335  

The population of Shelby County, Tennessee was 777,113 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (374,335) included 48.2% of the total population in 1980.

* 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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