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Highlands County (Florida)

Religious Traditions, 2010

20,134 1,586 6,249 4,000 2,033 64,784
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 23 7,804 79.00
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
17 4,203 42.55
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 4,000 40.49
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 3,914 39.62
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 7 2,135 21.61
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 1,397 14.14
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,131 11.45
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,110 11.24
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 917 9.28
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 824 8.34
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 741 7.50
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 664 6.72
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 639 6.47
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 506 5.12
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 492 4.98
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 485 4.91
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 3 436 4.41
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 403 4.08
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 3 395 4.00
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 235 2.38
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 221 2.24
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 215 2.18
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 174 1.76
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 147 1.49
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 124 1.26
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 116 1.17
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 105 1.06
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 103 1.04
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 100 1.01
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 84 0.85
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 52 0.53
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 45 0.46
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 36 0.36
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 29 0.29
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 20 0.20
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 0.00
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 138 34,002  

The population of Highlands County, Florida was 98,786 in 2010; in 2000 it was 87,366. The total population changed 13.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (34,002) included 34.4% 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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