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Louisiana - State Membership Report (2020)

Exact definitions of "congregations" and "adherents" vary by religious body. Congregations may be parishes, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or another site where a religious body has regularly scheduled worship services. Adherents generally are members, children who are not members, and others who are not members but are considered participants in the congregation.

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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 538 1,248,106 267.96
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1,633 648,734 139.28
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 1,205 357,456 76.74
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 457 128,108 27.50
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 278 67,518 14.50
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 118 61,997 13.31
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 206 45,773 9.83
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 64 36,710 7.88
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 137 32,914 7.07
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 140 32,116 6.90
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 56 29,589 6.35
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 29 24,732 5.31
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 89 23,922 5.14
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 217 22,833 4.90
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 8 22,756 4.89
National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 36 22,034 4.73
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 93 21,342 4.58
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 93 12,686 2.72
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Black Protestant Baptist Family 64 9,772 2.10
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 55 8,827 1.90
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 53 7,740 1.66
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 50 7,414 1.59
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 82 7,343 1.58
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 57 6,949 1.49
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 9 5,981 1.28
American Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 30 5,124 1.10
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 54 4,471 0.96
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 8 4,010 0.86
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 13 3,384 0.73
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 17 3,376 0.72
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 10 3,204 0.69
Hindu, Traditional Temples Hinduism Hinduism Family 5 2,991 0.64
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 7 2,944 0.63
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 4 2,694 0.58
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 19 2,390 0.51
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 17 2,167 0.47
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 16 2,122 0.46
Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 3 2,110 0.45
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 14 2,100 0.45
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 4 1,385 0.30
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 6 1,314 0.28
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 10 1,268 0.27
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 9 1,150 0.25
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 11 1,004 0.22
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 2 840 0.18
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 3 754 0.16
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 7 636 0.14
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 3 619 0.13
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 6 470 0.10
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 4 435 0.09
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 4 402 0.09
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 3 318 0.07
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 2 259 0.06
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 3 240 0.05
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3 213 0.05
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 4 202 0.04
United House of Prayer Black Protestant 1 180 0.04
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2 173 0.04
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 164 0.04
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 5 161 0.03
Church of God General Conference (Abrahamic Faith, McDonough, GA) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 3 114 0.02
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 114 0.02
Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 100 0.02
Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 100 0.02
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 2 77 0.02
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 1 70 0.02
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 69 0.01
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 3 57 0.01
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 30 0.01
Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 22 0.00
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 21 0.00
Unaffiliated Amish-Mennonite (Conservative) Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 20 0.00
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 0 0.00
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 0 0.00
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
Christadelphians Other Christians Other Groups Family 4
Vanguard Presbytery Evangelical Protestant 2
Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies Evangelical Protestant 1
Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Grace Communion International Evangelical Protestant 4
United Church of God Other Christians Adventist Family 2
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 3
Christ's Sanctified Holy Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
Anglican Catholic Church Other Christians Anglican/Episcopal Family 3
Christian Congregation in North America Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Sovereign Grace Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2
The Church of God Evangelical Protestant 4
The Local Churches Evangelical Protestant 4
United American Free Will Baptist Denomination, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 5
Bible Methodist Connection of Churches Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
Chabad Judaism Judaism 6
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 3
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 8
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 27
Calvary Chapel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 17
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 3
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 4
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 19
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 4
Congregational Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 10
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 2
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 2
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 12
International Fellowship of Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
Jain Other Other Groups Family 1
New Apostolic Church USA Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 6
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 8
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 3
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 6
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 304
Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America Other Other Groups Family 1
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this state was 4,657,757 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,949,420) included 63.3% of the total population in 2020. The adherence rate is the number of adherents of a given group per 1,000 people in the general population.

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at https://www.usreligioncensus.org/.

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155.

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