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Shelby County (Alabama)

Religious Traditions, 2010

61,933 2,421 16,076 2,883 58 2,337 109,377
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 % Change
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist -1 -58 -35.4%
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -2 -68 -1.6%
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 +7 +53.8%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 0 +1421 +97.2%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 0 +203 +30.5%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 -363 -91.9%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 +390 +29.2%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -1 +2 +0.9%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 0 +584 +63.2%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 -143 -29.5%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 -219 -13.2%
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 -132 -13.5%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism +3 +750 +232.2%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 0 -400 -57.1%
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups --- --- ---
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 -51 -11.6%
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 -24 -16.4%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +2 +2193 +124.8%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 +13 +48.1%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +21 +7060 +19.2%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist +1 +2071 +17.8%
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 +198 +42.4%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: +24 +13434 +20.7%

The population of Shelby County, Alabama was 143,293 in 2000; in 1990 it was 99,358. The total population changed 44.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (65,373) included 45.6% of the total population in 2000.

The population of Shelby County, Alabama was 195,085 in 2010; in 2000 it was 143,293. The total population changed 36.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (85,708) included 43.9% 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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