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Religious Traditions, 2010

208,931 45,441 55,873 30,874 7,022 17,082 261,458
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
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 112 41,857 87.60
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 96 88,952 186.17
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 74 41,772 87.42
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 31 7,202 15.07
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 23 11,476 24.02
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 16 21,229 44.43
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,987 4.16
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 4,645 9.72
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 12 6,495 13.59
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 10 3,984 8.34
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 9 3,591 7.52
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 8,521 17.83
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 6 2,379 4.98
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 895 1.87
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 1,000 2.09
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 684 1.43
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 852 1.78
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 965 2.02
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 435 0.91
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 543 1.14
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 2,282 4.78
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 185 0.39
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 873 1.83
Jewish Other Judaism 2 2,101 4.40
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 197 0.41
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 210 0.44
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 9 0.02
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 34 0.07
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 81 0.17
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 50 0.10
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 23 0.05
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 150 0.31
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 255 0.53
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 118 0.25
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
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
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 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
0 0 0.00
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 470 256,032  

The population of Davidson County, Tennessee was 477,811 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (256,032) included 53.6% 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 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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