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Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

86,973 9,205 26,767 48,497 85 5,600 193,575
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 95 68,388 218.93
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 40 46,767 149.72
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 70 23,583 75.50
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 22,812 73.03
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 26 5,671 18.15
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 21 4,947 15.84
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 10 3,641 11.66
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 2,314 7.41
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 2,127 6.81
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 18 1,879 6.02
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,384 4.43
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 1,265 4.05
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 6 1,240 3.97
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 1,171 3.75
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 832 2.66
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
2 800 2.56
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 564 1.81
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 505 1.62
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 339 1.09
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 267 0.85
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 248 0.79
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 164 0.53
Jewish Other Judaism 1 150 0.48
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 148 0.47
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 86 0.28
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 85 0.27
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 81 0.26
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 72 0.23
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 51 0.16
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 20 0.06
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Totals: 356 191,601  

The population of the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 312,368 in 1990; in 1980 it was 300,217. The total population changed 4.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (191,601) included 61.3% 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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