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Decatur, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

75,358 3,549 12,862 8,467 943 52,650
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 101 49,307 338.03
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 52 11,616 79.63
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 39 6,210 42.57
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 1,205 8.26
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,428 9.79
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 602 4.13
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 2,323 15.93
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 225 1.54
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 493 3.38
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 489 3.35
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,273 8.73
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 601 4.12
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 581 3.98
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 254 1.74
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 2,849 19.53
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 428 2.93
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 341 2.34
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 812 5.57
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 745 5.11
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 39 0.27
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 477 3.27
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 61 0.42
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 26 0.18
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 500 3.43
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 193 1.32
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 143 0.98
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 26 0.18
Totals: 276 83,247  

The population of the Decatur, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 145,867 in 2000; in 1990 it was 131,556. The total population changed 10.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (83,247) included 57.1% 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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