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Jefferson County (Texas)

Religious Traditions, 2010

76,088 22,468 14,187 71,211 415 11,594 56,310
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 27 63,518 265.32
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 3,404 14.22
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 588 2.46
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 22,412 93.62
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 30 0.13
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 920 3.84
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 196 0.82
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,510 6.31
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 28 4,742 19.81
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 13 0.05
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 1,550 6.47
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 2,576 10.76
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 27 0.11
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 56 0.23
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 223 0.93
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 381 1.59
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 56 57,044 238.28
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 1,354 5.66
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 2,723 11.37
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 952 3.98
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 2,690 11.24
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 122 0.51
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 28 19,003 79.38
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,114 4.65
Jewish Other Judaism 3 630 2.63
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 104 0.43
Totals: 212 187,882  

The population of Jefferson County, Texas was 239,397 in 1990; in 1980 it was 250,938. The total population changed -4.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (187,882) included 78.5% 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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