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Sumter County (Florida)

Religious Traditions, 2010

11,218 961 5,769 3,815 237 71,420
Evangelical Protestant Black 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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 18 4,799 51.37
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 3,815 40.84
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 3,756 40.21
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
15 2,680 28.69
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 1,356 14.52
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,201 12.86
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 681 7.29
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 596 6.38
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 499 5.34
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 351 3.76
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 344 3.68
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 223 2.39
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 193 2.07
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 173 1.85
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 171 1.83
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 161 1.72
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 161 1.72
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 148 1.58
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 114 1.22
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 96 1.03
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 93 1.00
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 83 0.89
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 72 0.77
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 67 0.72
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 62 0.66
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 48 0.51
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 43 0.46
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 14 0.15
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 0 0.00
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Totals: 99 22,000  

The population of Sumter County, Florida was 93,420 in 2010; in 2000 it was 53,345. The total population changed 75.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (22,000) included 23.5% of the total population in 2010.

* 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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