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Matanuska-Susitna Borough (Alaska)

Religious Traditions, 2010

15,076 193 2,271 3,354 112 5,650 62,339
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
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 121 1.36
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 112 1.26
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 304 3.42
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 3 105 1.18
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 4 3,354 37.69
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 46 0.52
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 321 3.61
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 225 2.53
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 453 5.09
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 11 5,378 60.43
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 716 8.05
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 306 3.44
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 167 1.88
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 162 1.82
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 114 1.28
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 5 1,087 12.21
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 32 0.36
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 3 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 1,075 12.08
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 193 2.17
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
28 7,009 78.76
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 47 0.53
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 79 0.89
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 1.22
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 482 5.42
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 296 3.33
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 700 7.87
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 3,103 34.87
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 387 4.35
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 36 0.40
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 137 1.54
Totals: 116 26,656  

The population of Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska was 88,995 in 2010; in 2000 it was 59,322. The total population changed 50.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (26,656) included 30.0% 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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