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Old 05-01-2012, 07:02 PM
 
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Every ten years the Association of Religion Data Archives performs a rather thorough census of religion in America. Their census for 2010 was just released today.

I thought it would be interesting to see what the largest religious denominations are in Tennessee. Here are the ten largest with their number of adherents and the percent change from 2000:

Rank. Denomination...2010 Adherents...% change from 2000

1. Southern Baptist Convention...1,483,356...4.9%
2. United Methodist Church...375,693...-4.6%
3. Catholic Church...222,343...21.4%
4. Churches of Christ...214,118...-1.2%
5. National Baptist Convention USA...125,748...*
6. Church of God (Cleveland TN)...78,597...18.8%
7. Presbyterian Church (USA)...57,490...-15.2%
8. Church of God in Christ...55,739...*
9. Assemblies of God...49,330...22.0%
10. Church of Jesus Christ of LDS (Mormons)...45,675...89.7%

Total adherents - 3,522,345

*Did not participate in the 2000 census.

As a point of reference, Tennessee's total population grew 11.5% from 2000 to 2010 to a population of 6,346,105. Based on the total number of adherents, 55.5% of Tennesseans are part of a religious denomination. For the USA as a whole, 48.8% of all Americans are part of a religious denomination. Here were the 10 largest religious denominations in the USA in 2010 and their changes from 2000:

1. Catholic Church... 58,928,987... -5%
2. Southern Baptist Convention... 19,896,975...0.1%
3. United Methodist Church... 9,948,221... -3.9%
4. Church of Jesus Christ of LDS (Mormons)... 6,144,582...45.5%
5. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America... 4,181,219... -18.2%
6. Assemblies of God... 2,944,887...14.9%
7. Muslims... 2,600,082...66.7%
8. Presbyterian Church (USA)... 2,451,980... -22%
9. Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod... 2,270,921... -9.9%
10. Episcopal Church... 1,951,907... -15.7%


I'm going to keep playing with the numbers and will make more posts in this thread. I love this kind of stuff.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:11 PM
 
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Now I'm going to take the 20 largest counties in Tennessee (usually the ones that are mentioned the most in this forum) and break down the largest religious denominations in those counties.
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IMPORTANT READING:
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its - possession
it's - contraction of it is
your - possession
you're - contraction of you are
their - possession
they're - contraction of they are
there - referring to a place
loose - opposite of tight
lose - opposite of win
who's - contraction of who is
whose - possession
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:15 PM
 
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1. Shelby County (927,644)

1. Southern Baptist Convention - 137,244
2. National Baptist Convention - 76,893
3. Catholic Church - 60,500
4. Church of God in Christ - 42,795
5. United Methodist Church - 37,981
6. Christian Church (Disciplies of Christ) - 31,431
7. Churches of Christ - 18,798
8. Evangelical Presbyterian Church - 13,973
9. Progressive National Baptist Convention - 12,600
10. Christian Methodist Episcopal Church - 7,953

Total adherents - 588,132
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IMPORTANT READING:
Terms of Service

---
its - possession
it's - contraction of it is
your - possession
you're - contraction of you are
their - possession
they're - contraction of they are
there - referring to a place
loose - opposite of tight
lose - opposite of win
who's - contraction of who is
whose - possession

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Old 05-01-2012, 07:22 PM
 
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2. Davidson County (626,681)

1. Southern Baptist Convention - 88,496
2. Churches of Christ - 35,421
3. Catholic Church - 30,874
4. United Methodist Church - 28,748
5. National Baptist Convention USA - 28,592
6. Presbyterian Church (USA) - 12,248
7. Assemblies of God - 12,035
8. Episcopal Church - 9,133
9. Seventh-day Adventist Church - 6,904
10. Church of the Nazarene - 6,393

Total adherents - 365,223

(The 12th largest denomination in Nashville is the Coptic Orthodox Church which is a Christian church from Egypt. Pretty cool that it's so prominent in Nashville.)
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IMPORTANT READING:
Terms of Service

---
its - possession
it's - contraction of it is
your - possession
you're - contraction of you are
their - possession
they're - contraction of they are
there - referring to a place
loose - opposite of tight
lose - opposite of win
who's - contraction of who is
whose - possession

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Old 05-01-2012, 07:26 PM
 
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3. Knox County (432,226)

1. Southern Baptist Convention - 128,365
2. United Methodist Church - 35,226
3. Catholic Church - 21,988
4. Presbyterian Church (USA) - 8,190
5. Church of God (Cleveland TN) - 5,737
6. Episcopal Church - 4,368
7. Evangelical Presbyterian Church - 4,240
8. Churches of Christ - 3,995
9. Church of Jesus Christ of LDS (Mormons) - 3,850
10. Evangelical Free Church of America - 3,000

Total adherents - 271,980
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IMPORTANT READING:
Terms of Service

---
its - possession
it's - contraction of it is
your - possession
you're - contraction of you are
their - possession
they're - contraction of they are
there - referring to a place
loose - opposite of tight
lose - opposite of win
who's - contraction of who is
whose - possession

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Old 05-01-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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4. Hamilton County (336,463)

1. Southern Baptist Convention - 73,598
2. United Methodist Church - 22,312
3. Catholic Church - 12,685
4. Church of God (Cleveland TN) - 11,865
5. Seventh-day Adventist Church - 10,510
6. National Baptist Convention USA - 8,112
7. Presbyterian Church in America - 7,130
8. Churches of Christ - 6,763
9. Episcopal Church - 6,139
10. Evangelical Presbyerian Church - 2,996

Total adherents - 202,960
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IMPORTANT READING:
Terms of Service

---
its - possession
it's - contraction of it is
your - possession
you're - contraction of you are
their - possession
they're - contraction of they are
there - referring to a place
loose - opposite of tight
lose - opposite of win
who's - contraction of who is
whose - possession

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Old 05-01-2012, 07:34 PM
 
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5. Rutherford County (262,604)

1. Southern Baptist Convention - 38,992
2. United Methodist Church - 11,701
3. Churches of Christ - 10,224
4. Catholic Church - 8,600
5. Church of Jesus Christ of LDS (Mormons) - 2,528
6. Assemblies of God - 1,752
7. Presbyterian Church (USA) - 1,432
8. Episcopal Church - 1,190
9. Cumberland Presbyterian Church - 836
10. Buddhism, Theravada - 675

Total adherents - 100,847
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IMPORTANT READING:
Terms of Service

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its - possession
it's - contraction of it is
your - possession
you're - contraction of you are
their - possession
they're - contraction of they are
there - referring to a place
loose - opposite of tight
lose - opposite of win
who's - contraction of who is
whose - possession

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Old 05-01-2012, 07:39 PM
 
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6. Williamson County (183,182)

1. Southern Baptist Convention - 29,927
2. United Methodist Church - 20,828
3. Catholic Church - 16,836
4. Churches of Christ - 7,484
5. Presbyterian Church in America - 3,274
6. Episcopal Church - 2,517
7. Presbyterian Church (USA) - 2,469
8. Church of Jesus Christ of LDS (Mormons) - 2,332
9. Christian Churches and Churches of Christ - 2,064
10. Reform Judaism - 1,226

Total adherents - 113,633
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IMPORTANT READING:
Terms of Service

---
its - possession
it's - contraction of it is
your - possession
you're - contraction of you are
their - possession
they're - contraction of they are
there - referring to a place
loose - opposite of tight
lose - opposite of win
who's - contraction of who is
whose - possession

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Old 05-01-2012, 07:43 PM
 
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7. Montgomery County (172,331)

1. Southern Baptist Convention - 37,853
2. United Methodist Church - 8,682
3. Catholic Church - 7,500
4. Church of Jesus Christ of LDS (Mormons) - 3,433
5. Churches of Christ - 2,556
6. Assemblies of God - 2,266
7. Church of the Nazarene - 2,262
8. National Baptist Convention of America - 2,189
9. Presbyterian Church (USA) - 1,398
10. African Methodist Episcopal Church - 1,030

Total adherents - 81,396
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IMPORTANT READING:
Terms of Service

---
its - possession
it's - contraction of it is
your - possession
you're - contraction of you are
their - possession
they're - contraction of they are
there - referring to a place
loose - opposite of tight
lose - opposite of win
who's - contraction of who is
whose - possession

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Old 05-01-2012, 07:46 PM
 
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8. Sumner County (160,645)

1. Southern Baptist Convention - 36,501
2. United Methodist Church - 8,252
3. Churches of Christ - 6,631
4. Catholic Church - 5,500
5. Church of the Nazarene - 1,566
6. Seventh-day Adventist Church - 1,364
7. Church of Jesus Christ of LDS (Mormons) - 1,223
8. National Baptist Convention USA - 1,217
9. Presbyterian Church (USA) - 1,061
10. Assemblies of God - 609

Total adherents - 73,385
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IMPORTANT READING:
Terms of Service

---
its - possession
it's - contraction of it is
your - possession
you're - contraction of you are
their - possession
they're - contraction of they are
there - referring to a place
loose - opposite of tight
lose - opposite of win
who's - contraction of who is
whose - possession

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