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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 109 63,037 170.05
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 61 19,793 53.39
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
56 9,893 26.69
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 37 48,497 130.82
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 28 6,122 16.51
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 2,209 5.96
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 1,075 2.90
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 12 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 10 3,849 10.38
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 9 4,826 13.02
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 1,975 5.33
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 527 1.42
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 6 1,252 3.38
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 708 1.91
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 5 868 2.34
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 4,406 11.89
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 632 1.70
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 847 2.28
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 652 1.76
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 778 2.10
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 4 748 2.02
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 4 992 2.68
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 194 0.52
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 113 0.30
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 956 2.58
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 275 0.74
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 373 1.01
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 --- ---
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 31 0.08
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 35 0.09
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 384 1.04
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 35 0.09
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 186 0.50
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 124 0.33
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 0 0.00
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 13 0.04
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 85 0.23
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 248 0.67
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 200 0.54
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 67 0.18
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 20 0.05
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 102 0.28
Totals: 469 177,127  

The population of the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 370,702 in 2010; in 2000 it was 363,988. The total population changed 1.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (177,127) included 47.8% 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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