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Religious Bodies Among the
Top 10 Largest Denominations
in Individual U.S. States, 1990


This list includes every religious body from the Glenmary data set that was among the top 10 denominations in one or more U.S. states.

Religious Body Number of
States
in which the
church is among
the Top 10
largest churches
in the state
States
Catholic 50Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Virginia, West Virginia, Idaho, Kentucky, North Dakota, Utah, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming
United Methodist Church 50Alaska, Hawaii, Utah, Oregon, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Washington, Wyoming, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 45Connecticut, Idaho, Nevada, Rhode Island, Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Wisconsin, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Maryland, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, South Carolina
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 42Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Vermont, Indiana, Kansas, New Hampshire, West Virginia, California, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Florida, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Connecticut, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey, Alaska, Maryland, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, Wisconsin, North Dakota
Southern Baptist Convention 36New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Montana, Washington, Delaware, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Hawaii, Idaho, West Virginia, Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Maryland, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Episcopal Church 36California, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Alabama, Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, Tennessee, Washington, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island
Assemblies of God 36Illinois, Wyoming, Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Vermont, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Texas, Utah, Washington, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Oregon
Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod 29Arkansas, Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Arizona, New York, Texas, Utah, Washington, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Wyoming, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. 28Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Utah, Wisconsin, California, Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Ohio, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, West Virginia
United Church of Christ 21Maryland, Montana, North Carolina, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 20Georgia, Louisiana, Delaware, Maine, Virginia, New Hampshire, Vermont, Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska, Montana, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah
Churches of Christ 13Missouri, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New Mexico, West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ 13Arizona, Iowa, Nebraska, Tennessee, Missouri, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Kentucky, Indiana
Church of the Nazarene 9Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Arkansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Idaho, Maine, West Virginia
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 9North Carolina, Virginia, Nebraska, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Missouri
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) 8Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia
Seventh-day Adventists 6Massachusetts, Washington, Maryland, Hawaii, Oregon, California
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 6New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, South Carolina, Alabama, North Carolina
Unitarian Universalist Association 5Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts
Reformed Church in America 5New York, South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey
Free Will Baptist, National Association Of, Inc. 4Alabama, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Arkansas
Baptist Missionary Association of America 4Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod 3South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Presbyterian Church in America 3Delaware, South Carolina, Mississippi
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel 2Oregon, Hawaii
Armenian Apostolic Church 2Massachusetts, Rhode Island
Wesleyan Church 1Delaware
United Baptists 1Kentucky
Pentecostal Holiness Church, Inc. 1South Carolina
North American Baptist Conference 1North Dakota
Moravian Church 1Alaska
Mennonite Church 1Pennsylvania
Cumberland Presbyterian Church 1Tennessee
Church of the Brethren 1Pennsylvania
Christian Reformed Church 1Michigan
Christian and Missionary Alliance 1Vermont
Baptist General Conference 1Minnesota
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations 1North Dakota



Religious Bodies Among the
Top 4 Largest Denominations
in Individual U.S. States, 1990

This list includes every religious body from the Glenmary data set that was among the top 4 denominations in one or more U.S. states.
Religious Body Number of
States
in which the
church is among
the Top 4
largest churches
in the state
States Region of
Strength
Catholic 48Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Idaho, Kentucky, North Dakota, Utah, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee nationwide
United Methodist Church 44West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Washington, Wyoming nationwide, esp. midwest
Southern Baptist Convention 27Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Alaska, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Maryland, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Hawaii, Idaho, West Virginia south
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 15North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, Alaska, Maryland, Michigan northern midwest
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 13Idaho, Utah, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico west
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 10Delaware, New Jersey, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia east
Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod 9Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota northern midwest
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. 7West Virginia, Rhode Island, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, New York central eastern
Episcopal Church 7Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Vermont New England
United Church of Christ 7Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island New England
Churches of Christ 4Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas south
Assemblies of God 3Louisiana, Oklahoma, Oregon scattered
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 2Alabama, North Carolina southeast
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ 2Indiana, Kentucky
Baptist Missionary Association of America 1Arkansas
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod 1Wisconsin


Source: Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1990, published by the Glenmary Research Center, P.O. Box 507, Mars Hill, NC 28754. Principle investigator: Church Growth Research Center, Church of the Nazarene, Kansas City, MO. This data source was obtained from the American Religion Data Archive.

Note: For the "Top 10" and "Top 4" ubiquitous lists above, the Glenmary categories: "Black Baptists (estimate)", "Jewish (estimate)", "Independent - Charismatic" and "Independent - Non-charismatic" were left out of the calculations, as these are categories, and do not represent actual religious bodies.

Note: Jehovah's Witnesses were not included in this study. But they would probably be on this list a one of the largest religious bodies in many U.S. states if comparable data were available for them. According to the Kosmin/NSRI study of 1990, New Hampshire is the state with the highest proportion of Jehovah's Witnesses in the population (nearly 2% of state residents).

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