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Muskegon County (Michigan)

Religious Traditions, 2010

18,063 3,314 14,051 13,687 350 2,464 120,259
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 1,812 11.40
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 12 16,181 101.78
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 1,926 12.11
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 7,882 49.58
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 154 0.97
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 175 1.10
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 611 3.84
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 2,781 17.49
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 416 2.62
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 304 1.91
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 39 0.25
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 31 0.19
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 503 3.16
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 285 1.79
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 156 0.98
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 2,283 14.36
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 287 1.81
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 405 2.55
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 271 1.70
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 3,226 20.29
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 165 1.04
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 153 0.96
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 430 2.70
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 13 0.08
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 631 3.97
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 335 2.11
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 880 5.54
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 126 0.79
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 520 3.27
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 1,609 10.12
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 10 4,425 27.83
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 107 0.67
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 589 3.70
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 5,715 35.95
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,927 12.12
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 4,517 28.41
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 547 3.44
Jewish Other Judaism 1 235 1.48
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 54 0.34
Totals: 133 62,706  

The population of Muskegon County, Michigan was 158,983 in 1990; in 1980 it was 157,589. The total population changed 0.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (62,706) included 39.4% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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