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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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 17 99,126 110.0
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 160 80,987 89.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 46 57,196 63.5
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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115 52,583 58.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 24 17,827 19.8
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 7 10,299 11.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 13 10,059 11.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 20 8,660 9.6
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 6 5,801 6.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 8 5,505 6.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 5,042 5.6
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 8 4,973 5.5
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 6 4,722 5.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 3,779 4.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 20 3,635 4.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 3,475 3.9
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 2 3,300 3.7
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 3,009 3.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 2,691 3.0
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 3 2,342 2.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 2,126 2.4
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 1,996 2.2
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 2 1,895 2.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 14 1,879 2.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 7 1,829 2.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,783 2.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 1,748 1.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,687 1.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,471 1.6
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 1,398 1.6
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,390 1.5
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 1,264 1.4
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 1,161 1.3
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 831 0.9
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 793 0.9
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 774 0.9
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 773 0.9
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 745 0.8
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 723 0.8
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 718 0.8
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 3 554 0.6
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 535 0.6
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 507 0.6
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 500 0.6
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 3 400 0.4
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 378 0.4
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 378 0.4
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 257 0.3
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 2 236 0.3
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 222 0.2
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 222 0.2
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 1 208 0.2
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 203 0.2
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 197 0.2
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 189 0.2
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 180 0.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 172 0.2
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 172 0.2
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 150 0.2
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 4 105 0.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 98 0.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 96 0.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 76 0.1
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 75 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 70 0.1
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 13 0.0
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 --- ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 9 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Totals: 712 418,188  

The population of Wake County, North Carolina was 900,993 in 2010; in 2000 it was 627,846. The total population changed 43.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (418,188) included 46.4% 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.