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Houghton County (Michigan)

Religious Traditions, 2010

2,841 4,026 8,374 100 356 20,931
Evangelical 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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 11 9,810 272.38
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 8 3,401 94.43
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 1,263 35.07
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 662 18.38
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 499 13.85
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 338 9.38
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 265 7.36
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 260 7.22
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 163 4.53
Jewish Other Judaism 1 150 4.16
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 146 4.05
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 113 3.14
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 108 3.00
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 90 2.50
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 85 2.36
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 85 2.36
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 80 2.22
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 72 2.00
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 54 1.50
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 51 1.42
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 29 0.81
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 19 0.53
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 11 0.31
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Totals: 55 17,754  

The population of Houghton County, Michigan was 36,016 in 2000; in 1990 it was 35,446. The total population changed 1.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (17,754) included 49.3% 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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