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Bay City, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

18,158 361 4,927 33,237 940 50,148
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic 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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 22 33,237 308.40
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
13 1,994 18.50
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 11 11,180 103.74
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 2,010 18.65
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 2,900 26.91
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,320 12.25
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 278 2.58
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 88 0.82
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 300 2.78
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 218 2.02
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 106 0.98
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 2 334 3.10
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 597 5.54
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 178 1.65
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 89 0.83
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 137 1.27
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 250 2.32
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 21 0.19
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 378 3.51
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 85 0.79
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 633 5.87
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 37 0.34
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 111 1.03
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 361 3.35
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 125 1.16
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 1.01
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 216 2.00
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 219 2.03
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 100 0.93
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 12 0.11
Totals: 104 57,623  

The population of the Bay City, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 107,771 in 2010; in 2000 it was 110,157. The total population changed -2.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (57,623) included 53.5% 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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