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Fairbanks North Star Borough (Alaska)

Religious Traditions, 2010

13,987 471 3,969 4,195 135 5,347 69,477
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 4,608 59.29
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 9 2,599 33.44
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 1,159 14.91
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 6 5,117 65.84
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 789 10.15
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 1,009 12.98
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 245 3.15
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 326 4.19
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 1,276 16.42
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 695 8.94
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 174 2.24
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 177 2.28
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 1,133 14.58
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 48 0.62
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 154 1.98
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 293 3.77
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 54 0.69
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 40 0.51
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 135 1.74
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 150 1.93
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 26 0.33
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 500 6.43
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 431 5.55
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 63 0.81
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 58 0.75
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 117 1.51
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 1,301 16.74
Totals: 81 22,677  

The population of Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska was 77,720 in 1990; in 1980 it was 53,983. The total population changed 44.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (22,677) included 29.2% 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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