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Baton Rouge, LA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

199,723 41,400 45,511 181,042 457 12,523 321,828
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 165 108,446 153.61
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 89 33,793 47.87
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 72 171,357 242.72
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 21 2,570 3.64
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 18 6,726 9.53
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 1,983 2.81
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 4,574 6.48
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 11 3,438 4.87
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 706 1.00
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 1,484 2.10
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
5 1,925 2.73
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 1,779 2.52
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,038 1.47
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,582 2.24
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 402 0.57
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 137 0.19
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 2,231 3.16
Buddhists Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 195 0.28
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 364 0.52
Hindus Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 13,325 18.87
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 343 0.49
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 139 0.20
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 176 0.25
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 1,113 1.58
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 119 0.17
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 803 1.14
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 189 0.27
Jewish Other Judaism 2 1,680 2.38
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 1,609 2.28
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 332 0.47
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 200 0.28
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 20 0.03
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 1,002 1.42
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 89 0.13
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 45 0.06
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 19 0.03
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 0 0.00
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 75 0.11
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 230 0.33
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 363 0.51
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 75 0.11
Totals: 503 366,676  

The population of the Baton Rouge, LA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 705,973 in 2000; in 1990 it was 623,853. The total population changed 13.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (366,676) included 51.9% 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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