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Religion in Kentucky

The United States had rich and diverse religious cultures, and the freedom to practice beliefs has helped give rise to a highly unique religious pluralism and freedom. Kentucky is a deeply religiously conservative state, with Christianity being the majority religion and Protestantism as its largest branch. 

Since the 1990s, the religious share of Christians has decreased, while Unaffiliated population is on the rise. Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, and other religions have also spread, mainly from immigration.

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Kentucky Religion Percentage

Christianity is the largest religion followed by 76% of the population. The largest Christian denomination in Kentucky is Protestants (65%) followed by Roman Catholics (10%), Mormonism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Other Christians.

Of the Protestants in the state, Evangelical Protestants compose 49% of the population, Mainline Protestants 11%, and Historically Black Protestants 5%.

22% of the population don’t follow or adhere to any faith or religion and the rest 2% follow other non-Christian-based religions.

Other Religions include Hinduism, Buddhism, Jews, Islam, and other smaller faiths.

Christianity 76%
 – Protestantism – 65%
 – Roman Catholicism – 10%
 – Mormonism – <1%
 – Eastern Orthodoxy – <1%
 – Jehovah’s Witnesses – <1%
 – Other Christian – <1%
Other Religion2%
  Judaism <1%
  Islam <1%
  Buddhism <1%
  Hinduism <1%
  smaller faiths <1%
  No religion 22%
  Don’t know <1%

Source: Pew Research Center

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Christianity in Kentucky

Christianity with 76% followers is the largest religion in Kentucky. All Protestant denominations accounted for 65% of the population, and Catholics are 10% of the population and are the largest individual denomination if Protestantism is divided into various denominations instead of being counted as a single category. 

Rest include Mormons,  Eastern Orthodoxy, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and other smaller denominations. 

Christianity AffiliationsPercentage
Protestantism 65%
– Evangelical Protestant– 49%
– Mainline Protestant– 11%
– Black church– 5%
Roman Catholicism 10%
Mormonism <1%
Eastern Orthodoxy <1%
Jehovah’s Witnesses <1%
Other Christians <1%
Protestantism in Kentucky

Among Christians in Kentucky, Protestantism is the largest group comprising about 65% of the state’s population. Protestantism in the United States has branched out into several branches, denominations, and various interdenominational and related movements. 

Protestants by tradition can be further classified into three main denominations. Evangelical is the largest and followed by 49% of the population, Next are Mainline Protestants (11%) and Black Church (5 %)

Protestants Affiliation% of  population
Evangelical Protestant49%
Mainline Protestant11%
Black church5%

Protestantism is also comprised of numerous denominational families (e.g., Baptist, Methodist, and Pentecostal) that fit into one or more of the traditions. According to the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA), the largest Protestants denomination by adherents in 2020 is as follows

#Religious BodiesTraditionFamilyAdherents
1Southern Baptist ConventionEvangelical Baptist 904,352
2United Methodist ChurchMainline Methodist 176,747
3Non-denominational Christian ChurchesEvangelical Other Groups 149,762
4Christian Churches and Churches of ChristEvangelical Restorationists 128,612
5Churches of ChristEvangelical Restorationists 51,719
6National Missionary Baptist Convention of AmericaBlack ProtestantsBaptist 38,306
7Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Evangelical Pentecostal 31,929
8Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Mainline Restorationists 29,511
9Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.Black ProtestantsBaptist 27,900
10Assemblies of God, General Council of theEvangelical Pentecostal 19,907

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Catholics in Kentucky

Catholic Church at 10 % of the state population is the second largest religious grouping, after Protestantism. According to the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA), In 2020 the Catholic Church has 354,064 adherents and is the second-largest denomination in Kentucky after South Baptist Convention. Louisville is home to the Cathedral of the Assumption, the third-oldest Catholic cathedral in continuous use in the United States. 

Other Religions with 2% of the Kentucky population include Hinduism, Buddhism, Jews, Islam, and other smaller faiths.

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Note: The US census does not contain questions about one’s religious affiliation. Our Article is based on surveys conducted by various institutions and agencies.

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