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Kentucky

Religious Traditions, 2010

1,448,947 64,958 305,955 359,783 2,133 55,938 2,101,653
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2,194 888,198 242.63
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 331 365,277 99.78
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,109 235,801 64.41
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 470 81,787 22.34
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 324 78,275 21.38
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 600 59,443 16.24
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 421 50,545 13.81
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 130 28,659 7.83
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 148 23,309 6.37
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 135 20,464 5.59
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 73 20,401 5.57
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 38 18,077 4.94
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 177 16,390 4.48
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 34 14,291 3.90
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 128 13,959 3.81
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 51 12,949 3.54
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 37 10,680 2.92
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 35 10,124 2.77
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 51 6,861 1.87
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 22 5,326 1.45
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 49 5,285 1.44
Jewish Other Judaism 8 3,683 1.01
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 2,476 0.68
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 1,926 0.53
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 17 1,417 0.39
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 1,390 0.38
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 790 0.22
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 7 753 0.21
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 436 0.12
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 418 0.11
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 365 0.10
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 365 0.10
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 14 346 0.09
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 275 0.08
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 252 0.07
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 239 0.07
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 219 0.06
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 172 0.05
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 166 0.05
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 160 0.04
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 135 0.04
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 126 0.03
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 115 0.03
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 113 0.03
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 102 0.03
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 87 0.02
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 70 0.02
Mennonite Church, The General Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 32 0.01
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 28 0.01
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 27 0.01
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 21 0.01
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 15 0.00
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 10 0.00
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 0 0.00
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 0 0 0.00
Barren River Missionary Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Central Baptist Association Ministries 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
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 0 0.00
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Enterprise Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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0 0 0.00
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
United Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 6,704 1,982,830  

The population of Kentucky was 3,660,777 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,982,830) included 54.2% 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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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