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Baton Rouge, LA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

199,723 41,400 45,511 181,042 457 12,523 321,828
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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 275 0.44
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 65 184,436 295.64
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 19 2,910 4.66
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 2,370 3.80
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 58,261 93.39
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 307 0.49
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 219 0.35
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 822 1.32
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 170 0.27
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 201 0.32
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 364 0.58
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 2,559 4.10
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 68 0.11
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 6,600 10.58
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
3 2,150 3.45
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 167 0.27
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 8 1,911 3.06
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 58 0.09
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 231 0.37
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,068 1.71
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 77 0.12
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 167 0.27
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 1,391 2.23
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 149 116,366 186.53
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 60 0.10
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 68 0.11
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 2,573 4.12
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 811 1.30
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 18 6,004 9.62
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 753 1.21
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 26 0.04
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 18 5,322 8.53
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 243 0.39
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 91 32,457 52.03
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 52 0.08
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 9 3,305 5.30
Jewish Other Judaism 2 1,200 1.92
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 347 0.56
Totals: 476 436,369  

The population of the Baton Rouge, LA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 623,853 in 1990; in 1980 it was 591,383. The total population changed 5.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (436,369) included 69.9% 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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