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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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 102 35,623 525.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 26 5,594 82.5
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 1,868 27.5
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
8 1,794 26.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 676 10.0
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 658 9.7
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 622 9.2
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 463 6.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 388 5.7
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 310 4.6
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 301 4.4
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 275 4.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 260 3.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 235 3.5
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 219 3.2
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 217 3.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 193 2.8
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 133 2.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 120 1.8
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 104 1.5
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 93 1.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 82 1.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 65 1.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 40 0.6
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 8 0.1
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Totals: 194 50,341  

The population of Rutherford County, North Carolina was 67,810 in 2010; in 2000 it was 62,899. The total population changed 7.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (50,341) included 74.2% 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 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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