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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
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 302 1.83
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 124 0.75
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 23 0.14
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 248 1.50
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 9 8,747 52.93
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 105 0.64
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 2,111 12.77
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 99 0.60
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 382 2.31
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 19 0.11
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 613 3.71
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 54 13,477 81.55
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 252 1.52
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 95 0.57
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 981 5.94
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 64 0.39
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
30 7,740 46.84
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 33 0.20
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 351 2.12
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 229 1.39
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 99 51,765 313.25
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 872 5.28
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 1,258 7.61
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 874 5.29
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 110 0.67
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,671 10.11
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 30 10,049 60.81
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 42 0.25
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 57 0.34
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,711 10.35
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 57 0.34
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 15 0.09
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 296 104,476  

The population of the Abilene, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 165,252 in 2010; in 2000 it was 160,245. The total population changed 3.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (104,476) included 63.2% 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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