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Jefferson City, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

39,758 1,161 12,855 31,336 2,762 61,935
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 26 31,336 209.18
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 64 23,803 158.89
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 11 5,235 34.94
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 25 4,436 29.61
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 14 2,983 19.91
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
11 2,426 16.19
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 2,195 14.65
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 2,191 14.63
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,904 12.71
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,747 11.66
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 1,613 10.77
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,567 10.46
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 950 6.34
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 768 5.13
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 544 3.63
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 502 3.35
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 3 414 2.76
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 368 2.46
Fellowship of Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 315 2.10
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 2 314 2.10
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 2.06
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 305 2.04
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 279 1.86
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 200 1.34
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 184 1.23
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 181 1.21
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 162 1.08
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 123 0.82
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 120 0.80
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 89 0.59
Unaffiliated Conservative Amish Mennonite Church* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 87 0.58
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 70 0.47
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 51 0.34
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 47 0.31
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 38 0.25
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 17 0.11
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups 1 --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 4 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 241 87,872  

The population of the Jefferson City, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 149,807 in 2010; in 2000 it was 140,052. The total population changed 7.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (87,872) included 58.7% 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 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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