Communal Family

The Communal family consists of churches where members often live together and share living activities, such as common meals, as an expression of their faith. The Hutterian Brethren and United Society of Believers (Shakers) are examples of communal churches.

Maps: Communal Family1

Adherence Rate per 1,000 (2010)

Congregations (2010)

Top 5 Communal Family States (2010)1 [View all states]

Rank State Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Iowa 433 0.10
2 New York 1,340 0.10
3 Florida 22 0.00
4 West Virginia 17 0.00
5 Pennsylvania 434 0.00

Top 5 Communal Family Counties (2010)1 [View all counties]

Rank County Adherents Adherence Rate
1 Iowa County, Iowa 433 26.50
2 Greene County, New York 212 4.30
3 Ulster County, New York 688 3.80
4 Fayette County, Pennsylvania 434 3.20
5 Orange County, New York 394 1.10

Top 5 Communal Family Metro Areas (2010)1 [View all Metro Areas]

Communal Family: Adherence Rates (1980 - 2010)1

Group Tradition Adh. Rate 2010 Adh. Rate 2000 Adh. Rate 1990 Adh. Rate 1980
Amana Church Society Evangelical Protestant 0.00 0.00
Bruderhof Evangelical Protestant 0.01 0.00
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 0.04 0.04 0.00


1 Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The adherence rate is the number of people per 1,000 who are an adherent of the group. For example an adherence rate of 600 means that 600 out of every 1,000 people in this area are adherents of the Southern Baptist Convention.

These 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 sources]