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Cleveland County, North Carolina

Denominational Groups, 2000

47,156 11,603   1,071 459 35,998
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational "adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The historically African American denominations are not included in the 2000 congregation and membership totals. Many are also missing in 1990 and most historically African American denominations are missing in the 1980 reports.
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Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 1 25 0.3
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 220 2.3
Bahá'í Other Theology 0 189 2.0
Catholic Church Catholic 2 1,071 11.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 7 1,229 12.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 1 270 2.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 3 585 6.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 95 1.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 2 486 5.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 3 906 9.4
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 3 319 3.3
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 3 241 2.5
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 3 391 4.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 7 1,794 18.6
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 1 99 1.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 2 200 2.1
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 91 42,735 443.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 38 8,417 87.4
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 1 162 1.7
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 4 855 8.9
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 175 60,289  
Total (Adjusted)**:   78,260  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 84,714; in 2000 it was 96,287. The total population changed 13.7%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (60,289) include 62.6% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (78,260) include 81.3% of the population.


*The “Unadjusted Totals” come from the 1990 and 2000 data collected by representatives of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). While quite comprehensive, this data excludes most of the historically African-American denominations and some other major groups. As a result, these numbers will be an underestimate of the total adherence rate, particularly in areas with a large African-American population. The 2000 data included 149 religious groups and the final results are published in Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Copyright © 2002, All rights reserved. The 1990 data included 132 groups and the final results are published in Churches and Church Membership in the United States 1990 Copyright © 1990, All rights reserved. Published by Glenmary Research Center, 1312 Fifth Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37208. [More information on the data collection]

**The “Adjusted Totals” include all adherents in the denominations counted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and estimates adherent totals for the historically African-American denominations and other religious groups not listed in the ASARB totals. An article by Roger Finke and Christopher P. Scheitle (2005) reviews how these estimates were computed.

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2000 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of approximately 8 (8.1) in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County are Episcopalian.

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