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Religious Traditions, 2010

208,931 45,441 55,873 30,874 7,022 17,082 261,458
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 92 101,508 198.73
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 48,213 94.39
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 116 41,607 81.46
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 71 36,991 72.42
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 16 23,514 46.04
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 23 11,287 22.10
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 28 7,243 14.18
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 13 7,079 13.86
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 9 5,078 9.94
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 4,469 8.75
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 4,325 8.47
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 3,931 7.70
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 10 3,287 6.44
Jewish Other Judaism 5 2,887 5.65
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 2,731 5.35
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 18 2,588 5.07
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
3 2,250 4.40
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 6 1,975 3.87
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,909 3.74
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 1,855 3.63
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,466 2.87
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 1,200 2.35
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 1,172 2.29
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 648 1.27
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 505 0.99
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 467 0.91
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 414 0.81
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 366 0.72
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 242 0.47
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 236 0.46
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 210 0.41
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 200 0.39
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 199 0.39
Duck River and Kindred Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 160 0.31
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 123 0.24
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 81 0.16
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 76 0.15
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 45 0.09
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 43 0.08
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 23 0.05
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 22 0.04
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 18 0.04
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 12 0.02
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Totals: 512 322,655  

The population of Davidson County, Tennessee was 510,784 in 1990; in 1980 it was 477,811. The total population changed 6.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (322,655) included 63.2% 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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