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Brownsville-Harlingen, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

47,744 7,258 137,889 9,115 204,214
Evangelical 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 35 114,608 546.46
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 26 17,063 81.36
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 4,855 23.15
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 2,373 11.31
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 2,357 11.24
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 2,001 9.54
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 1,590 7.58
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 1,198 5.71
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 1,141 5.44
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 770 3.67
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 599 2.86
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 597 2.85
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 525 2.50
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 359 1.71
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 302 1.44
Jewish Other Judaism 1 259 1.23
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 127 0.61
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 99 0.47
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 90 0.43
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 77 0.37
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 75 0.36
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 75 0.36
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 46 0.22
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 42 0.20
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 26 0.12
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Totals: 161 151,254  

The population of the Brownsville-Harlingen, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 209,727 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (151,254) included 72.1% 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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