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Henderson County, North Carolina

Denominational Groups, 2000

32,018 11,644   5,059 1,059 39,393
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 3 224 2.5
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 3 669 7.5
Bahá'í Other Theology 0 15 0.2
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 1 5,059 56.7
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 2 256 2.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 5 591 6.6
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 27 0.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 2 541 6.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 1 543 6.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 307 3.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 6 2,219 24.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 1 1,226 13.8
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 565 6.3
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 1 301 3.4
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 1 250 2.8
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 236 2.7
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 1 24 0.3
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 20 0.2
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 5 2,055 23.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 2 947 10.6
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 1 167 1.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 5 2,139 24.0
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 53 24,567 275.5
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 1 253 2.8
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 1 451 5.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 13 5,652 63.4
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 41 0.5
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 343 3.9
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 92 1.0
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 122 49,780  
Total (Adjusted)**:   56,019  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 69,285; in 2000 it was 89,173. The total population changed 28.7%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (49,780) include 55.8% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (56,019) include 62.8% 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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