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Forsyth County, North Carolina

Religious Traditions, 2010

100,426 8,603 59,405 1,220 14,165 6,045 160,806
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 68 36,155 103.1
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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82 35,617 101.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 57 30,003 85.6
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 6 15,184 43.3
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 31 10,860 31.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 8,038 22.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 6,105 17.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 5,321 15.2
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 5,063 14.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 6 4,577 13.1
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 7 4,234 12.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 3,042 8.7
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 2,679 7.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 2,522 7.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 2,035 5.8
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 2,017 5.8
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 1,650 4.7
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 5 1,591 4.5
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 3 1,516 4.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 1,219 3.5
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 1,214 3.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 998 2.8
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 950 2.7
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 890 2.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 8 871 2.5
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 800 2.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 790 2.3
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 702 2.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 643 1.8
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 420 1.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 419 1.2
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 370 1.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 323 0.9
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 247 0.7
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 207 0.6
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 195 0.6
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 185 0.5
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 185 0.5
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 152 0.4
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 146 0.4
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 131 0.4
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 131 0.4
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 126 0.4
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 118 0.3
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 98 0.3
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 91 0.3
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 1 35 0.1
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 16 0.0
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 2 0.0
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 --- ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 0 ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 5 --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 0 ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 437 190,883  

The population of Forsyth County, North Carolina was 350,670 in 2010; in 2000 it was 306,067. The total population changed 14.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (189,864) included 54.1% 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.