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Gaston County, North Carolina

Denominational Groups, 2000

76,199 26,004   5,304 1,857 81,001
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 6 1,712 9.0
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 7 1,896 10.0
Bahá'í Other Theology 0 49 0.3
Catholic Church Catholic 3 5,304 27.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 62 0.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 1 50 0.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 25 6,488 34.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 3 156 0.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 3 1,538 8.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 3 246 1.3
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 3 236 1.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 4 962 5.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 15 5,914 31.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 2 77 0.4
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 4 1,225 6.4
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 5 903 4.7
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 1 210 1.1
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 1 60 0.3
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 22 2,848 15.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 17 5,335 28.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 4 911 4.8
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 1 180 1.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 1 156 0.8
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 114 56,783 298.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 1 100 0.5
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 34 13,693 71.9
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 10 2,270 11.9
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 292 109,364  
Total (Adjusted)**:   133,850  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 175,093; in 2000 it was 190,365. The total population changed 8.7%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (109,364) include 57.4% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (133,850) include 70.3% 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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