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Buchanan County (Missouri)

Religious Traditions, 2010

24,772 416 7,475 8,934 2,298 45,306
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 13,962 168.05
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 18 6,645 79.98
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 10 9,782 117.74
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 2,348 28.26
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 2,079 25.02
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 2,396 28.84
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 306 3.68
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 824 9.92
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 327 3.94
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 513 6.17
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 368 4.43
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
2 825 9.93
Jewish Other Judaism 2 265 3.19
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 1,087 13.08
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 401 4.83
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 749 9.02
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 55 0.66
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 687 8.27
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 45 0.54
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 56 0.67
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 165 1.99
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 76 0.91
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 309 3.72
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 711 8.56
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 400 4.81
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 65 0.78
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 183 2.20
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 876 10.54
Totals: 105 46,505  

The population of Buchanan County, Missouri was 83,083 in 1990; in 1980 it was 87,888. The total population changed -5.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (46,505) included 56.0% 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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