is the most adhered to religion in the United States
, with 75% of polled American adults identifying themselves as Christian in 2015. This is down from 85% in 1990, lower than 81.6% in 2001, and slightly lower than 78% in 2012. About 62% of those polled claim to be members of a church congregation. The United States has the largest Christian population
in the world, with nearly 240 million Christians, although other countries have higher percentages of Christians among their populations.
denominations accounted for 46.5%, while the Catholic Church
by itself, at 20.8%, was the largest individual denomination. A 2014 Pew study
categorizes white evangelical Protestants
, 25.4% of the population, as the country's largest religious cohort; another study in 2004 estimates evangelical Protestants of all races at 30–35%. The nation's second-largest church and the single largest Protestant denomination is the Southern Baptist Convention
. The United Methodist Church
is the third largest church and the largest mainline Protestant
denomination in the United States. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(Mormons) is the fourth-largest church in the United States and the largest church originating in the U.S. The Church of God in Christ
is the fifth-largest denomination, the largest Pentecostal church, and the largest traditionally African-American denomination in the nation. Among Eastern Christian
denominations, there are several Eastern Orthodox
and Oriental Orthodox
churches, with just below 1 million adherents in the US, or 0.4% of the total population. Read more...