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Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

148,424 10,761 31,347 45,251 307 8,630 357,375
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 98 67,167 165.69
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 43 13,197 32.55
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 33 20,758 51.21
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 30 5,997 14.79
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 28 4,020 9.92
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 2,986 7.37
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 6,702 16.53
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 12 4,494 11.09
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 9 25,292 62.39
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,171 2.89
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 1,534 3.78
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 708 1.75
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 167 0.41
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 933 2.30
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 1,289 3.18
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 2,064 5.09
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 5 1,359 3.35
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 4,667 11.51
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,719 4.24
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 532 1.31
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 4 --- ---
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 127 0.31
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
3 1,950 4.81
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 204 0.50
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 2,750 6.78
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 82 0.20
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,035 2.55
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 275 0.68
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 36 0.09
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 83 0.20
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 75 0.19
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 50 0.12
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 21 0.05
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 101 0.25
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 135 0.33
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 126 0.31
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 12 0.03
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 15 0.04
Jewish Other Judaism 1 0 0.00
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 85 0.21
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 44 0.11
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 94 0.23
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 205 0.51
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 220 0.54
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 17,240 42.53
Totals: 383 191,721  

The population of the Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 405,382 in 1990; in 1980 it was 321,652. The total population changed 26.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (191,721) included 47.3% 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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