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Religious Traditions, 2010

2,009,448 346,519 388,252 200,657 3,001 59,676 1,772,183
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3,148 1,380,121 310.34
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,416 327,734 73.70
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 168 150,647 33.88
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 895 119,049 26.77
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 386 68,766 15.46
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 367 59,970 13.49
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 118 45,041 10.13
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 158 34,551 7.77
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 108 24,020 5.40
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 165 23,716 5.33
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 69 20,397 4.59
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant Baptist 113 16,984 3.82
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 80 16,792 3.78
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 123 13,635 3.07
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 63 11,488 2.58
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 56 9,572 2.15
Jewish Other Judaism 18 9,100 2.05
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 8,304 1.87
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 20 7,670 1.72
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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14 7,319 1.65
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 61 6,590 1.48
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 6,430 1.45
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 36 6,286 1.41
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 24 5,346 1.20
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 42 4,601 1.03
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 29 4,324 0.97
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 68 4,082 0.92
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 30 3,972 0.89
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 88 3,908 0.88
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 26 3,896 0.88
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 23 3,412 0.77
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 2,796 0.63
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 2,468 0.55
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 2,442 0.55
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 2,312 0.52
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 2,106 0.47
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 17 2,083 0.47
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,902 0.43
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 9 1,423 0.32
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 1,200 0.27
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,175 0.26
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 19 1,150 0.26
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 9 879 0.20
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 14 587 0.13
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 530 0.12
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 525 0.12
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 6 444 0.10
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 405 0.09
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 388 0.09
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 305 0.07
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 285 0.06
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 273 0.06
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 230 0.05
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 218 0.05
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 210 0.05
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 204 0.05
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 169 0.04
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 166 0.04
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 159 0.04
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 154 0.03
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 90 0.02
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 66 0.01
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 61 0.01
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 61 0.01
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 60 0.01
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 55 0.01
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups 2 50 0.01
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 15 0.00
Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 4 0.00
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 0 0.00
Buddhists Other Other Groups 7 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Hindus Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 147 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 --- ---
Totals: 8,343 2,435,373  

The population of Alabama was 4,447,100 in 2000; in 1990 it was 4,040,587. The total population changed 10.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,435,373) included 54.8% of the total population in 2000.

* 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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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