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Athens, TN Micro 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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 68 24,573 461.24
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 18 3,999 75.06
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 18 2,050 38.48
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 1,463 27.46
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 12 787 14.77
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 5 756 14.19
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1 463 8.69
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 4 418 7.85
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 3 369 6.93
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 2 272 5.11
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1 250 4.69
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 1 245 4.60
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 229 4.30
Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America Black Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 176 3.30
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 135 2.53
Hoover Old Order Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 116 2.18
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 1 99 1.86
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 93 1.75
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 1 50 0.94
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 0 3 0.06
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Sovereign Grace Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
The Church of God Evangelical Protestant 1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population

The population of this metro area was 53,276 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (36,546) included 68.6% 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

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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