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Orange County, North Carolina

Religious Traditions, 2010

16,239 2,815 20,422   13,432 5,955 74,938
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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 109 1.4
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 953 12.4
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 59 0.8
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 2,909 37.8
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 1,073 13.9
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 225 2.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 189 2.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 288 3.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 41 0.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 2,190 28.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 551 7.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 45 0.6
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 37 0.5
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 23 0.3
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 1,739 22.6
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 40 14,917 193.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 298 3.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 19 5,854 76.0
Totals: 90 31,500  

The population of Orange County, North Carolina was 77,055 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (31,500) included 40.9% of the total population in 1980.

* 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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