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Knoxville, TN, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

366,830 10,207 80,768 30,928 1,098 10,767 336,973
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 515 271,540 416.72
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 163 54,279 83.30
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 14 15,442 23.70
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 54 14,283 21.92
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 22 12,418 19.06
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 11,882 18.23
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 51 8,695 13.34
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
15 8,625 13.24
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 44 6,579 10.10
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 15 6,502 9.98
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 3,945 6.05
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 24 3,895 5.98
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 3,727 5.72
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 7 3,664 5.62
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 2,800 4.30
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 7 2,249 3.45
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 2,092 3.21
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 19 2,036 3.12
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 13 2,004 3.08
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 1,656 2.54
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 1,529 2.35
Jewish Other Judaism 4 1,365 2.09
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 1,165 1.79
United Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 1,149 1.76
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 3 957 1.47
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 606 0.93
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 591 0.91
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 583 0.89
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 559 0.86
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 6 422 0.65
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 393 0.60
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 307 0.47
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 295 0.45
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 283 0.43
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 258 0.40
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 217 0.33
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 195 0.30
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 173 0.27
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 128 0.20
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 98 0.15
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 96 0.15
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 42 0.06
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 41 0.06
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 21 0.03
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Totals: 1,114 449,786  

The population of the Knoxville, TN, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 651,618 in 1990; in 1980 it was 621,773. The total population changed 4.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (449,786) included 69.0% 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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