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Shelby County (Alabama)

Religious Traditions, 2010

61,933 2,421 16,076 2,883 58 2,337 109,377
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 81 43,917 225.12
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 26 13,711 70.28
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
19 3,210 16.45
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 16 1,442 7.39
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 4,272 21.90
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,727 8.85
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 798 4.09
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 1,073 5.50
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 3,950 20.25
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 227 1.16
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 843 4.32
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 4 1,311 6.72
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 32 0.16
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,508 7.73
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 390 2.00
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 869 4.45
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 342 1.75
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 122 0.63
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 55 0.28
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 125 0.64
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 106 0.54
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 58 0.30
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 2,883 14.78
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 42 0.22
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 301 1.54
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 500 2.56
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 557 2.86
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 1.58
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 187 0.96
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 40 0.21
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 665 3.41
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 116 0.59
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 20 0.10
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 1 0.01
Totals: 230 85,708  

The population of Shelby County, Alabama was 195,085 in 2010; in 2000 it was 143,293. The total population changed 36.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (85,708) included 43.9% 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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