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Knox County (Tennessee)

Religious Traditions, 2010

183,754 6,897 51,345 21,988 818 7,178 160,246
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 181 119,776 374.66
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 72 30,885 96.61
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 34 12,134 37.96
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 3,343 10.46
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 16 1,887 5.90
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 12 9,211 28.81
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 634 1.98
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 1,485 4.65
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 8 2,255 7.05
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,819 5.69
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 6 2,664 8.33
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 5 8,460 26.46
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 679 2.12
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 330 1.03
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 974 3.05
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 1,025 3.21
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 923 2.89
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 748 2.34
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 956 2.99
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 114 0.36
Jewish Other Judaism 2 697 2.18
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 96 0.30
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 370 1.16
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 20 0.06
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 186 0.58
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 59 0.18
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 40 0.13
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 50 0.16
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 237 0.74
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 18 0.06
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 513 1.60
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 197 0.62
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 53 0.17
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 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
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 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
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Totals: 417 202,838  

The population of Knox County, Tennessee was 319,694 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (202,838) included 63.4% 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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