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Lima, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

17,301 4,351 14,934 17,946 0 950 50,849
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 8 24,630 227.06
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 30 8,368 77.14
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 7 3,440 31.71
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 2,370 21.85
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 2,120 19.54
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 1,710 15.76
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 1,374 12.67
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 1,350 12.45
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 1,244 11.47
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,242 11.45
Wayne Trail Missionary Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 1,216 11.21
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 1,095 10.09
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 1,027 9.47
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 1,024 9.44
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 958 8.83
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 617 5.69
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 550 5.07
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 488 4.50
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 480 4.43
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 461 4.25
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 428 3.95
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 410 3.78
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 396 3.65
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 386 3.56
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 257 2.37
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 200 1.84
Jewish Other Judaism 1 180 1.66
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 179 1.65
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 143 1.32
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 119 1.10
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 112 1.03
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 102 0.94
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 100 0.92
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 76 0.70
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups 2 61 0.56
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 51 0.47
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 50 0.46
Reformed Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 41 0.38
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 31 0.29
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 25 0.23
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 22 0.20
Totals: 125 59,133  

The population of the Lima, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 108,473 in 2000; in 1990 it was 109,755. The total population changed -1.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (59,133) included 54.5% 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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