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Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

70,558 5,275 95,854 77,672 646 10,543 309,085
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 35 77,672 136.35
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 86 31,640 55.54
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 26 30,814 54.09
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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56 19,077 33.49
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 31 12,705 22.30
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 27 10,578 18.57
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 25 10,545 18.51
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 20 6,510 11.43
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 26 6,372 11.19
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 5,959 10.46
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 5,534 9.72
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 5,054 8.87
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 13 4,854 8.52
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 4,227 7.42
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 7 3,113 5.46
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 2,563 4.50
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 7 2,277 4.00
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 4 1,724 3.03
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 7 1,562 2.74
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 1,477 2.59
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 9 1,387 2.43
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 1,066 1.87
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 940 1.65
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 886 1.56
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 879 1.54
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 5 831 1.46
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 9 783 1.37
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 3 710 1.25
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 656 1.15
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 4 632 1.11
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 605 1.06
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 590 1.04
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 562 0.99
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 557 0.98
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 464 0.81
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 435 0.76
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 413 0.73
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 360 0.63
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 353 0.62
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 345 0.61
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 225 0.39
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 2 200 0.35
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 191 0.34
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 191 0.34
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 188 0.33
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 188 0.33
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 164 0.29
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 157 0.28
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 140 0.25
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 138 0.24
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 126 0.22
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 110 0.19
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 0.19
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 2 101 0.18
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 78 0.14
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 77 0.14
Old Order River Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 76 0.13
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 69 0.12
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 69 0.12
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 62 0.11
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 50 0.09
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 49 0.09
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 46 0.08
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 21 0.04
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 1 11 0.02
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 1 0.00
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups 4 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 23 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 9 --- ---
Presbyterian Reformed Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 --- ---
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 615 260,548  

The population of the Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 569,633 in 2010; in 2000 it was 481,394. The total population changed 18.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (260,548) included 45.7% 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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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