County Membership Report
 Maps and Reports > Select County > County Report
Search Maps & Reports:

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.
[More information on the data sources]


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 87 56,521 187.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 35 29,174 96.8
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 21 12,391 41.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 21 4,568 15.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 13 6,933 23.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 10 1,850 6.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 9 11,956 39.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 865 2.9
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 8 1,015 3.4
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 9,270 30.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 805 2.7
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 731 2.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 5 2,871 9.5
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 1,362 4.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 4 1,000 3.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 729 2.4
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 576 1.9
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,359 4.5
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 282 0.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 2 265 0.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 498 1.7
Jewish Other Judaism 2 592 2.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 735 2.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 192 0.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 440 1.5
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 538 1.8
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 308 1.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 41 0.1
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 60 0.2
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 276 0.9
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 38 0.1
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 90 0.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 810 2.7
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 191 0.6
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 74 0.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Totals: 278 149,406  

The population of Wake County, North Carolina was 301,327 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (149,406) included 49.6% 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.

Bookmark and Share