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Abilene, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

78,316 697 14,834 8,747 42 1,840 60,776
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
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 1,400 8.74
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 120 0.75
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 99 0.62
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 615 3.84
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 1,076 6.71
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 119 0.74
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 61 14,200 88.61
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 90 0.56
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 53 0.33
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 68 55,585 346.88
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 9 10,275 64.12
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 34 0.21
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 1,111 6.93
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 29 0.18
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 675 4.21
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 63 0.39
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 335 2.09
Jewish Other Judaism 1 75 0.47
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 894 5.58
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 20 0.12
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 981 6.12
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 657 4.10
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 29 12,215 76.23
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 54 0.34
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 65 0.41
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,170 7.30
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 396 2.47
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 34 0.21
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 515 3.21
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 400 2.50
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 302 1.88
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 35 0.22
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,702 10.62
Totals: 238 105,394  

The population of the Abilene, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 160,245 in 2000; in 1990 it was 148,004. The total population changed 8.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (105,394) included 65.8% 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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