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Rowan County, North Carolina

Religious Traditions, 2010

36,841 1,899 22,339   2,377 515 74,457
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 Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 1,899 13.7
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 325 2.3
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 107 0.8
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 28 0.2
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 3,133 22.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 178 1.3
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 25 0.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,331 9.6
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 96 0.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 487 3.5
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 68 0.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 544 3.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 798 5.8
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 23 6,847 49.5
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 474 3.4
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 3 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 125 0.9
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 3,715 26.8
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 140 1.0
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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32 7,303 52.8
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 8 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 2,991 21.6
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 307 2.2
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 151 1.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 262 1.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 61 21,079 152.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 1,995 14.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 33 9,708 70.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 535 3.9
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 76 0.5
Totals: 253 64,727  

The population of Rowan County, North Carolina was 138,428 in 2010; in 2000 it was 130,340. The total population changed 6.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (63,971) included 46.2% 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.