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North Carolina

Denominational Groups, 2000

2,058,919 1,170,670 9,260 315,606 96,961 4,397,897
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 3,717 1,512,058 187.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 1,964 638,785 79.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 738 203,647 25.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 465 81,037 10.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 328 50,265 6.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 253 80,068 10.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 237 88,830 11.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 234 50,088 6.2
Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 234 46,020 5.7
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 218 41,036 5.1
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 202 26,045 3.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 189 21,522 2.7
Catholic Church Catholic 180 315,606 39.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 174 32,475 4.0
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 161 34,035 4.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 152 7,863 1.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 136 36,098 4.5
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 118 23,769 3.0
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 112 40,936 5.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 110 14,165 1.8
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 94 n.a. n.a.
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 93 19,630 2.4
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 73 n.a. n.a.
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 72 10,731 1.3
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 59 11,101 1.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 56 20,651 2.6
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 54 9,294 1.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 52 4,042 0.5
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant 50 18,180 2.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 49 7,287 0.9
Buddhism Other Theology 46 n.a. n.a.
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 40 38,740 4.8
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 40 2,978 0.4
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 37 42,559 5.3
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 36 7,719 1.0
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 34 25,545 3.2
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 29 20,137 2.5
Bahá'í Other Theology 24 5,162 0.6
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 22 5,181 0.6
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 21 7,417 0.9
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 20 6,072 0.8
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 20 17,930 2.2
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 16 1,805 0.2
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 12 1,026 0.1
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 12 2,837 0.4
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 11 7,161 0.9
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 11 781 0.1
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 10 n.a. n.a.
Hindu Other Theology 10 n.a. n.a.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 9 821 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 7 408 0.1
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 7 n.a. n.a.
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 7 1,207 0.2
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 6 252 0.0
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant 5 291 0.0
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 5 383 0.1
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 5 282 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 5 1,480 0.2
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant 4 234 0.0
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 4 384 0.1
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 3 2,363 0.3
Jain Other Theology 3 n.a. n.a.
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 3 314 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 133 0.0
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 2 n.a. n.a.
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 2 500 0.1
Sikh Other Theology 2 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 2 156 0.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 2 428 0.1
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 2 130 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 2 103 0.0
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 703 0.1
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 2 691 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 2 66 0.0
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 110 0.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 1 249 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 8 0.0
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 1 120 0.0
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox 1 207 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 1 160 0.0
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 122 0.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 0 0.0
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 88 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 1 120 0.0
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 169 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 1 420 0.1
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 11,132 3,651,416  
Total (Adjusted)**:   4,778,185  
The population of these 100 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 6,628,637; in 2000 it was 8,049,313. The total population changed 21.4%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,651,416) include 45.4% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (4,778,185) include 59.4% of the population.

Source

*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. www.glenmary.org [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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