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Appleton, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

36,655 25,053 87,182 224 2,718 73,834
Evangelical 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 % Change
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +5 +297 +83%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +1 +275 +27.8%
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 -45 -14.3%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +1 -10 -3.2%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran +1 +174 +1.2%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 -1267 -51.8%
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 +5 +7.5%
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 --- ---
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 +166 +202.4%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 -55 -27.5%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 -14 -24.6%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 +18 +9.8%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 +5 +4.3%
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 +95 +79.2%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 +1099 +10.7%
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 +13 +6.3%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 -243 -30.9%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 0 +527 +142.8%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 -18 -0.4%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness -1 +1652 +68.7%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism -1 -12 -1.8%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -1 -1134 -20.6%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran -1 -570 -3.7%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism -8 -10366 -10.6%
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups --- --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
--- --- ---
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: -3 -9408 -6%

The population of the Appleton, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 201,602 in 2000; in 1990 it was 174,801. The total population changed 15.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (160,891) included 79.8% of the total population in 2000.

The population of the Appleton, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 225,666 in 2010; in 2000 it was 201,602. The total population changed 11.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (151,832) included 67.3% 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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