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Alaska

Religious Traditions, 2010

100,960 1,976 32,550 50,866 13,480 41,001 469,398
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 97 39,678 98.74
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 74 6,560 16.32
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 40 17,088 42.52
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 36 8,802 21.90
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 36 5,711 14.21
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 30 2,084 5.19
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 24 5,178 12.89
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 24 6,623 16.48
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 22 4,262 10.61
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 21 4,372 10.88
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 20 1,481 3.69
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 18 2,398 5.97
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 18 3,887 9.67
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 16 1,068 2.66
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 1,573 3.91
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 602 1.50
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 2,346 5.84
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 8 2,560 6.37
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 458 1.14
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 1,014 2.52
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 5 445 1.11
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 290 0.72
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 592 1.47
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 190 0.47
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 4 267 0.66
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 462 1.15
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 334 0.83
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 40 0.10
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 352 0.88
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 411 1.02
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 53 0.13
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 174 0.43
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 687 1.71
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 79 0.20
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 450 1.12
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 216 0.54
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 31 0.08
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 240 0.60
Jewish Other Judaism 1 287 0.71
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 34 0.08
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 55 0.14
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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0 0 0.00
Moravian Church in America--Alaska Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 579 123,434  

The population of Alaska was 401,851 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (123,434) included 30.7% of the total population in 1980.

* 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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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