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Owensboro, KY, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

51,776 232 10,046 19,432 972 32,294
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 78 40,947 356.83
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 21 19,432 169.34
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 32 7,591 66.15
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
12 3,184 27.75
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 3,086 26.89
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 1,191 10.38
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 901 7.85
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 804 7.01
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 655 5.71
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 557 4.85
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 480 4.18
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 407 3.55
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 366 3.19
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 352 3.07
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 332 2.89
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 323 2.81
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 2.68
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 261 2.27
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 252 2.20
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 237 2.07
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 195 1.70
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 119 1.04
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 112 0.98
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 108 0.94
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 86 0.75
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 59 0.51
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 38 0.33
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 37 0.32
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 28 0.24
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 10 0.09
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 0 0.00
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Totals: 208 82,458  

The population of the Owensboro, KY, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 114,752 in 2010; in 2000 it was 109,875. The total population changed 4.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (82,458) included 71.9% 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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