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Macon County, North Carolina

Religious Traditions, 2010

16,486   4,508   1,205 514 11,209
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 858 25.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 5 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 1,205 35.5
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 502 14.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 0 ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 817 24.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 313 9.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 27 0.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 2 123 3.6
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 118 3.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 561 16.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 37 1.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 182 5.4
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 144 4.2
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
5 910 26.8
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 515 15.2
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 34 1.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 163 4.8
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 47 12,726 375.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 78 2.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 16 3,395 100.1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Totals: 107 22,713  

The population of Macon County, North Carolina was 33,922 in 2010; in 2000 it was 29,811. The total population changed 13.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (22,713) included 67.0% 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 for those who are interested in these trends.


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.

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