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Cole County (Missouri)

Religious Traditions, 2010

23,002 859 7,247 20,145 1,624 23,113
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic 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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 183 2.88
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 922 14.50
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 71 1.12
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 1,289 20.27
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 9 19,965 314.02
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 50 0.79
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 1,354 21.30
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 1,281 20.15
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 159 2.50
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 364 5.73
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 159 2.50
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 252 3.96
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 506 7.96
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 20 0.31
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 909 14.30
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 54 0.85
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 32 0.50
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 300 4.72
Jewish Other Judaism 1 0 0.00
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 3,906 61.44
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 245 3.85
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 1,289 20.27
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 122 1.92
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 37 0.58
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 127 2.00
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 9,419 148.15
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,324 20.82
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 2,646 41.62
Totals: 71 46,985  

The population of Cole County, Missouri was 63,579 in 1990; in 1980 it was 56,663. The total population changed 12.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (46,985) included 73.9% 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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