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Rutherford County, North Carolina

Religious Traditions, 2010

39,251 3,387 6,649   658 396 17,469
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 5 492 9.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 35 0.7
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 279 5.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 57 1.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 243 4.5
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 1,408 26.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 182 3.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 155 2.9
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 189 3.5
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 20 0.4
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 195 3.6
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 378 7.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 129 2.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 1,070 19.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 70 1.3
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 85 32,456 603.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 28 5,531 102.8
Totals: 148 42,889  

The population of Rutherford County, North Carolina was 53,787 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (42,889) included 79.7% 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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