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Knoxville, TN 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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 466 216,570 246.17
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 275 83,890 95.35
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 127 54,974 62.49
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 19 28,125 31.97
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 55 10,860 12.34
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 38 8,374 9.52
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 40 8,204 9.33
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 14 6,828 7.76
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 47 6,809 7.74
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 23 6,304 7.17
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 15 5,441 6.18
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 20 4,356 4.95
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 28 3,890 4.42
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 4 3,206 3.64
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 10 3,067 3.49
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 9 3,040 3.46
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 15 2,950 3.35
Hindu, Traditional Temples Hinduism Hinduism Family 2 2,781 3.16
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 16 2,382 2.71
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 17 2,314 2.63
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 8 2,190 2.49
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 13 2,179 2.48
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 11 1,841 2.09
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 10 1,420 1.61
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 4 1,249 1.42
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 3 1,140 1.30
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 800 0.91
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 1 698 0.79
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 6 565 0.64
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 508 0.58
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 489 0.56
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 5 470 0.53
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 2 398 0.45
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 360 0.41
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 5 354 0.40
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 342 0.39
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 225 0.26
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 220 0.25
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 4 215 0.24
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 200 0.23
Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America Black Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 180 0.20
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 2 177 0.20
Amish Groups, undifferentiated Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 2 173 0.20
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 150 0.17
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 150 0.17
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 1 131 0.15
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 127 0.14
Unaffiliated Amish-Mennonite (Conservative) Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 101 0.11
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 100 0.11
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 100 0.11
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 87 0.10
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 77 0.09
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 72 0.08
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 1 70 0.08
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 70 0.08
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 2 62 0.07
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 1 55 0.06
Friends United Meeting Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 48 0.05
American Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 40 0.05
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 34 0.04
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 17 0.02
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 16 0.02
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 1
Sovereign Grace Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
The Local Churches Evangelical Protestant 1
Bible Methodist Connection of Churches Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America Evangelical Protestant 1
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
Anglican Province of America Mainline Protestant 1
Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 7
United Church of God Other Christians Adventist Family 1
Chabad Judaism Judaism 1
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 3
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 9
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 15
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 6
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
New Apostolic Church USA Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Reformed Presbyterian Church General Assembly Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 1
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this metro area was 879,773 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (482,265) included 54.8% 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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