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Benzie County (Michigan)

Religious Traditions, 2010

801 2,154 465 3 14,102
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 90 7.38
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 588 48.20
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 242 19.84
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 111 9.10
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 6 0.49
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 80 6.56
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 42 3.44
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 252 20.66
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 150 12.30
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 409 33.52
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 35 2.87
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 264 21.64
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 183 15.00
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 28 2.30
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 457 37.46
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 835 68.44
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 205 16.80
Totals: 28 3,977  

The population of Benzie County, Michigan was 12,200 in 1990; in 1980 it was 11,205. The total population changed 8.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,977) included 32.6% 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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