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Religious Traditions, 2010

148,424 10,761 31,347 45,251 307 8,630 357,375
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
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 2,300 7.15
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 36 10,670 33.17
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,750 5.44
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 76 0.24
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 7 15,467 48.09
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 277 0.86
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 1,101 3.42
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,669 5.19
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 377 1.17
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 56 0.17
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 2,475 7.69
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 28 4,399 13.68
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 20 0.06
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,390 4.32
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 169 0.53
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,731 5.38
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 26 3,818 11.87
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 11 4,655 14.47
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 109 0.34
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 1,199 3.73
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 83 0.26
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 1,005 3.12
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
0 0 0.00
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 77 0.24
Jewish Other Judaism 1 196 0.61
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 4,017 12.49
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 62 0.19
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 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
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 16 6,256 19.45
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 597 1.86
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 0 0.00
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 321 1.00
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 810 2.52
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 93 57,071 177.43
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 54 0.17
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 30 18,314 56.94
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 332 142,571  

The population of Polk County, Florida was 321,652 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (142,571) included 44.3% 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 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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