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Columbus, IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

21,323 186 9,929 4,624 1,462 39,270
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 1 5,492 76.88
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 154 2.16
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 253 3.54
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 595 8.33
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 106 1.48
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 6,147 86.05
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups 1 22 0.31
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 111 1.55
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 258 3.61
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 644 9.02
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 333 4.66
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 305 4.27
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 6,006 84.08
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Bapti Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 253 3.54
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 127 1.78
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 170 2.38
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 137 1.92
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,339 18.74
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 523 7.32
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 4,046 56.64
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 833 11.66
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 291 4.07
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 493 6.90
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 129 1.81
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 442 6.19
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 874 12.23
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 78 1.09
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 16 5,490 76.85
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 18 0.25
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 730 10.22
Jewish Other Judaism 1 120 1.68
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 77 1.08
Totals: 85 36,596  

The population of the Columbus, IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 71,435 in 2000; in 1990 it was 63,657. The total population changed 12.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (36,596) included 51.2% 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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