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Watauga County, North Carolina

Denominational Groups, 2000

13,333 5,419 24 1,088 420 22,411
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
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 1 24 0.6
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 2 65 1.5
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 30 0.7
Bahá'í Other Theology 1 57 1.3
Buddhism Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 2 1,088 25.5
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 1 410 9.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 460 10.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 2 52 1.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 1 247 5.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 76 1.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 3 1,108 26.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 3 1,260 29.5
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 1 73 1.7
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 1 80 1.9
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 1 48 1.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 3 814 19.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 1 83 1.9
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 1 40 0.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 42 11,881 278.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 1 116 2.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 11 2,156 50.5
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 8 0.2
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 1 108 2.5
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 86 20,284  
Total (Adjusted)**:   22,550  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 36,952; in 2000 it was 42,695. The total population changed 15.5%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (20,284) include 47.5% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (22,550) include 52.8% 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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