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Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA Metro Area - Metro Area 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 39 85,839 120.99
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 29 33,373 47.04
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 90 26,804 37.78
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 60 24,990 35.22
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 27 13,849 19.52
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 7 11,222 15.82
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 29 9,867 13.91
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 36 6,437 9.07
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 13 6,230 8.78
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 9 5,762 8.12
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 32 5,559 7.84
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 26 4,718 6.65
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 10 4,630 6.53
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 19 3,880 5.47
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 7 3,360 4.74
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 17 2,424 3.42
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 5 2,204 3.11
Open Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 17 2,162 3.05
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 6 2,040 2.88
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 9 1,953 2.75
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 13 1,843 2.60
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 11 1,779 2.51
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 12 1,607 2.27
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 5 1,273 1.79
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 4 1,216 1.71
Hindu, Traditional Temples Hinduism Hinduism Family 1 1,000 1.41
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 13 943 1.33
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 848 1.20
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 3 838 1.18
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 2 800 1.13
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 1 722 1.02
Friends United Meeting Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 8 694 0.98
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 6 598 0.84
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 490 0.69
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 481 0.68
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2 467 0.66
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Black Protestant Baptist Family 2 360 0.51
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 326 0.46
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 310 0.44
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 270 0.38
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 3 259 0.37
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 200 0.28
Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 190 0.27
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 181 0.26
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 1 180 0.25
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 1 180 0.25
American Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 178 0.25
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 2 166 0.23
Dunkard Brethren Church Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 160 0.23
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 2 151 0.21
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 147 0.21
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 130 0.18
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 1 119 0.17
Ethiopian Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 100 0.14
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 90 0.13
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 79 0.11
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 71 0.10
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 66 0.09
Old Order Yorker River Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 64 0.09
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 59 0.08
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 1 46 0.06
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 42 0.06
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 40 0.06
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 27 0.04
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
Berean Fellowship of Churches Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 1
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
The Church of God Evangelical Protestant 1
Anglican Church in America Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
United Church of God Other Christians Adventist Family 1
Chabad Judaism Judaism 1
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 5
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 2
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 6
Conservative Baptist Association of America (CBAmerica) Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2
Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 23
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 4
Presbyterian Reformed Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 25
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 2
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 13
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this metro area was 709,466 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (277,093) included 39.1% 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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