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Bell County (Texas)

Religious Traditions, 2010

84,720 5,378 16,861 25,366 14,386 163,524
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 64 53,522 224.91
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 26 4,708 19.78
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 20 11,244 47.25
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 2,798 11.76
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 10 25,068 105.34
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 1,896 7.97
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 2,150 9.03
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 718 3.02
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 222 0.93
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,301 5.47
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 1,798 7.56
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 1,672 7.03
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 698 2.93
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 2,224 9.35
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 236 0.99
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 629 2.64
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 87 0.37
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 170 0.71
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 42 0.18
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 98 0.41
Buddhists Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 4 0.02
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 345 1.45
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 35 0.15
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 49 0.21
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 1,600 6.72
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 150 0.63
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 52 0.22
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 169 0.71
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 321 1.35
Totals: 192 114,006  

The population of Bell County, Texas was 237,974 in 2000; in 1990 it was 191,088. The total population changed 24.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (114,006) included 47.9% 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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