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Ames, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

14,233 18,811 8,825 21 2,071 45,581
Evangelical 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
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 16 11,358 142.01
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 15 6,383 79.81
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 6 9,280 116.03
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 1,274 15.93
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 1,316 16.45
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,492 18.65
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 835 10.44
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 986 12.33
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 681 8.51
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 631 7.89
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 438 5.48
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 362 4.53
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 70 0.88
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 1,620 20.25
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 212 2.65
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 200 2.50
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 48 0.60
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 40 0.50
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 20 0.25
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 160 2.00
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 152 1.90
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 412 5.15
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 10 0.13
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 57 0.71
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 1,100 13.75
Jewish Other Judaism 1 700 8.75
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 9 0.11
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 9 0.11
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 163 2.04
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 307 3.84
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 440 5.50
Totals: 92 40,765  

The population of the Ames, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 79,981 in 2000; in 1990 it was 74,252. The total population changed 7.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (40,765) included 51.0% 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 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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