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Avery County, North Carolina

Religious Traditions, 2010

5,711 172 980   634 96 10,204
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 172 9.7
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 390 21.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 344 19.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 42 2.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 71 4.0
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 119 6.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 56 3.1
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 357 20.1
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 131 7.4
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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2 115 6.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 81 4.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 183 10.3
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 29 4,212 236.7
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 12 0.7
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 10 0.6
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 766 43.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 192 10.8
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 11 0.6
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 85 4.8
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
Totals: 64 7,349  

The population of Avery County, North Carolina was 17,797 in 2010; in 2000 it was 17,167. The total population changed 3.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (7,593) included 42.7% of the total population in 2010.

* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including the Catholic Church, Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.