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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 % Change
Catholic Church Catholic +5 +166,123 111.1%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +19 +7,935 24.0%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +20 +1,167 11.7%
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 0 0 n.a.
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +940 14.8%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 0 +6,877 25.3%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant +2 +35 12.5%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant -4 +486 13.7%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +48 +26,209 47.8%
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 +5 3.9%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 0 +89 287.1%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant -38 -510 -6.1%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 0 -25 -1.4%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +3 +1,829 20.5%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +10 +1,364 6.8%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant +1 +492 233.2%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +960 184.6%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +3 +3,593 94.0%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 0 +21 46.7%
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +8 +10,705 148.2%
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +3 +14,669 52.6%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +10 +2,870 44.7%
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant -3 -110 -27.4%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +25 +11,140 28.5%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant -5 +1,376 7.1%
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 0 +16 6.8%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant -2 +30 4.0%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant -28 -10,301 -28.3%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant -3 -171 -52.3%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +21 +7,708 64.7%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +3,795 96.7%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +19 +4,247 21.8%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +190 +65,830 4.6%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +17 +9,609 42.0%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +4 +341 71.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +3 +11,379 41.6%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -157 -14,362 -28.5%
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant -27 -3,357 -82.9%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant +1 +6,404 8.7%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +6 +1,015 1.2%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +4 -1,558 -9.9%
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant +2 -1,684 -8.5%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant -1 -49 -32.2%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -5 -1,901 -0.9%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant -2 -377 -60.2%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -9 -3,234 -6.1%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -19 +33,423 5.5%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +1 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +2 n.a. n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 0 +7,857 23.8%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology -3 -3,325 -11.5%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +3 +1,464 39.4%
  Totals: +127 +371,039 +11.7%

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 adherent totals for 1990 (3,977,923) represent 60.0% of the 1990 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (3,651,416) include 45.4% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 50 groups to calculate 1990-2000 change. These 50 groups had 3,181,261 adherents in 1990 and 3,552,300 adherents in 2000, for a change of 11.7%

Sources

The 2000 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and includes statistics for 149 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Dale E. Jones, Sherri Doty, Clifford Grammich, James E. Horsch, Richard Houseal, Mac Lynn, John P. Marcum, Kenneth M. Sanchagrin and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Religious Congregations & Membership in the United States, 2000, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

The 1990 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 132 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Martin B. Bradley, Norman M. Green, Jr., Dale E. Jones, Mac Lynn, and Lou McNeil supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1990, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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