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Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

Religious Traditions, 2010

204,287 26,612 138,743 8,724 78,021 20,979 442,262
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
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 1,838 2.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 36 9,668 10.5
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 9 20,752 22.6
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 7 --- ---
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 0.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 1,906 2.1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 16 1,768 1.9
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 3 819 0.9
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 5 1,190 1.3
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 2 696 0.8
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 15 78,021 84.8
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 976 1.1
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 4 553 0.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 3 244 0.3
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 1,552 1.7
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 322 0.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 32 14,940 16.2
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 7 2,091 2.3
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 328 0.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 12 7,600 8.3
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 1,686 1.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 11 3,202 3.5
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 118 0.1
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 1,906 2.1
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 21 0.0
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 2,400 2.6
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 240 0.3
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 11 11,020 12.0
Eritrean Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 200 0.2
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 1,410 1.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 15 8,031 8.7
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 2,188 2.4
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 3,146 3.4
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 128 0.1
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 7,500 8.2
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 1 129 0.1
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 4 105 0.1
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 1,033 1.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 467 0.5
Jain Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 10 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 8 2,608 2.8
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 1,134 1.2
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 54 0.1
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 2 198 0.2
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 95 0.1
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 646 0.7
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 10 2,972 3.2
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 143 0.2
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 12 11,205 12.2
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 258 0.3
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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136 71,033 77.2
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 88 0.1
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 150 0.2
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 2 120 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 411 0.4
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 72 38,300 41.6
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 16 5,129 5.6
Presbyterian Reformed Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 1 84 0.1
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 2 3,105 3.4
Reformed Presbyterian Church Hanover Presbytery Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 489 0.5
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 180 0.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 13 4,480 4.9
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 161 83,078 90.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 3 1,096 1.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 478 0.5
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 61 58,637 63.8
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 144 0.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 249 0.3
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 202 0.2
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 6 0.0
Totals: 847 477,366  

The population of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina was 919,628 in 2010; in 2000 it was 695,454. The total population changed 32.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (477,366) included 51.9% 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.


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