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Anchorage Municipality (Alaska)

Religious Traditions, 2010

44,678 1,128 11,427 22,969 2,215 20,387 189,022
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 19 17,492 77.28
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 9 16,518 72.98
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 13 5,611 24.79
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
3 5,025 22.20
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 4,093 18.08
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 7 3,917 17.31
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 21 3,585 15.84
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 2,500 11.05
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 2,484 10.97
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,876 8.29
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 1,759 7.77
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,682 7.43
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 1,310 5.79
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 1,096 4.84
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 980 4.33
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 950 4.20
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 918 4.06
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 613 2.71
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 400 1.77
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 351 1.55
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 338 1.49
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 247 1.09
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 240 1.06
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 239 1.06
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 226 1.00
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 195 0.86
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 186 0.82
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 168 0.74
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 166 0.73
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 143 0.63
Moravian Church in America--Alaska Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 137 0.61
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 110 0.49
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 88 0.39
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 76 0.34
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 53 0.23
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 50 0.22
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 13 0.06
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 2 0.01
Jewish Other Judaism 1 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Totals: 169 75,837  

The population of Anchorage Municipality, Alaska was 226,338 in 1990; in 1980 it was 174,431. The total population changed 29.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (75,837) included 33.5% 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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