Largest Christian Communities

         Largest Lutheran Communities

         Largest Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Communities

         Largest Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod Communities

         Church of Sweden

 

         Largest Baptist Communities

         Largest Southern Baptist Communities

 

         Largest Assemblies of God Communities (U.S)

         Largest Calvary Chapel Communities

         Largest Catholic Communities

         Largest Churches of Christ Communities (U.S)

         Largest Christian Science Communities (U.S)

         Community of Christ

         Largest Episcopalian Communities (U.S)

         Largest Friends (Quaker) Communities (U.S)

         Largest Jehovah's Witnesses Communities

         Largest Latter-day Saint Communities

         Largest Nazarene Communities (U.S)

         Largest Orthodox (Eastern) Communities (U.S)

         Largest Presbyterian Communities (U.S)

         Largest Salvation Army Communities (U.S)

         Largest Seventh-day Adventist Communities

         Largest United Church of Christ Communities (U.S)

         Largest United Methodist Communities (U.S)

         Largest Wesleyan Communities (U.S)



There are three levels of geography these pages address: 1) nations; 2) U.S. states; and 3) U.S. counties.

There are two types of "large religious communities": 1) Large in raw numbers. A nation with ten million Buddhists has a "larger" national Buddhist community than a nation with ten thousand. 2) High proportion of the total population: A nation which is 90% Hindu (i.e., 90% of the population are Hindus) might be thought of as a "more Hindu" nation than a nation which is 80% Hindu, even if the raw numbers are far fewer in the nation with 90%.

Both of these methods of ranking "religious communities" within nations, states, and counties can provide some interesting perspectives about the geographical spread of a particular religious group.

With two types of ranking and three levels of geography there are six possible basic types of lists that the "Largest Community" pages present.

None of the pages have all of these possible lists. Lists are limited to those that we can present from available, reliably comparable data sets, and those that seem reasonably interesting and informative.

Not all religious groups are represented here, as not all groups are widespread enough to make such summary lists necessary. Jainism, for instance, is essentially only in one nation (India) in significant numbers. An idea of Jain geography (on the provincial level) can best be obtained from the records listed under "Jainism" in the main Adherents.com listings. If there were any Indian provinces or other nations in which Jains made up a remarkably high proportion of the population I might make a "Largest Jain Communities" page. But there are not. Nor are there significant Shinto communities outside of Japan.

"Largest Community" lists have been generated for some subgroups within Christianity. Many denominations only exist within a few states and no "Top 10" list is necessary. Other groups may be more widespread, but are too small and/or sociologically indistinct to be the basis for a summary list we thought would be interesting.

The lack of lists for subgroups of other major religions, such as Theravada Buddhists, Orthodox Jews, Shaivite Hindus, etc., should not be interpreted to mean these groups lack measurable and interesting social distinctiveness and distance from other branches within their respective broader religions. We simply have not had the time or sufficient data to generate such lists.