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Religious Traditions, 2010

308,984 106,653 67,037 55,083 1,424 13,073 106,212
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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 22 0.03
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 25 21,048 32.31
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 23 9,807 15.05
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 18 0.03
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 399 0.61
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 74,357 114.13
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 31 40,830 62.67
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 1,083 1.66
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 125 0.19
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 7 1,704 2.62
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 257 0.39
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 18 1,203 1.85
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 52 9,335 14.33
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 27 0.04
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 748 1.15
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 7 2,506 3.85
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 19 0.03
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 2,836 4.35
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 74 12,538 19.24
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,314 2.02
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 18 11,072 16.99
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 1,273 1.95
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 88 0.14
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 18 0.03
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 7,200 11.05
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
10 9,000 13.81
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 638 0.98
Jewish Other Judaism 3 3,660 5.62
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 11 2,274 3.49
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 157 0.24
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 1,389 2.13
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 76 0.12
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 33 11,530 17.70
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 6,832 10.49
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 347 0.53
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 226 0.35
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 12 3,952 6.07
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 253 200,570 307.85
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 167 0.26
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 318 0.49
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 122 61,020 93.66
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 257 0.39
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 70 0.11
Totals: 829 502,310  

The population of Jefferson County, Alabama was 651,525 in 1990; in 1980 it was 671,324. The total population changed -2.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (502,310) included 77.1% 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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