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Wake County, North Carolina

Religious Traditions, 2010

164,661 16,476 99,508 2,650 99,126 35,767 482,805
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 93 69,283 163.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 36 36,288 85.7
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 32,167 76.0
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 13 24,218 57.2
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 23 16,182 38.2
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 9,270 21.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 11 8,246 19.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 22 4,819 11.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 6 4,767 11.3
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
8 4,690 11.1
Jewish Other Judaism 3 3,267 7.7
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 3,047 7.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 2,276 5.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 6 2,029 4.8
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 9 1,944 4.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 8 1,816 4.3
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,698 4.0
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,639 3.9
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 1,225 2.9
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 1,180 2.8
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,175 2.8
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,148 2.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 1,079 2.5
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 853 2.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 801 1.9
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 6 789 1.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 688 1.6
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 434 1.0
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 6 427 1.0
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 409 1.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 307 0.7
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 238 0.6
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 217 0.5
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 205 0.5
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 205 0.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 140 0.3
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 101 0.2
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 90 0.2
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 65 0.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 50 0.1
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 29 0.1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 ---
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Totals: 350 239,501  

The population of Wake County, North Carolina was 423,380 in 1990; in 1980 it was 301,327. The total population changed 40.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (239,501) included 56.6% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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