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Religious Traditions, 2010

17,640 1,366 8,033 5,251 15 275 15,131
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
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 5,485 114.96
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 7 0.15
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 5 5,251 110.06
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 214 4.49
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 204 4.28
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 0 0.00
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 5 585 12.26
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 268 5.62
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 128 2.68
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 162 3.40
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 170 3.56
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 136 2.85
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 542 11.36
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 352 7.38
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 257 5.39
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 850 17.82
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 5 1,909 40.01
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 203 4.25
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 1,760 36.89
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 154 3.23
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 3 567 11.88
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
16 6,407 134.29
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 53 1.11
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 304 6.37
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 325 6.81
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 15 0.31
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 963 20.18
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 48 1.01
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 42 0.88
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,378 28.88
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 17 3,765 78.91
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 76 1.59
Totals: 92 32,580  

The population of Stephenson County, Illinois was 47,711 in 2010; in 2000 it was 48,979. The total population changed -2.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (32,580) included 68.3% 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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