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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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 108 78,979 125.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 40 46,283 73.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 24 17,045 27.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 21 5,913 9.4
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 15 59,610 94.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 3,208 5.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 12 8,872 14.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 1,391 2.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 10 3,792 6.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 2,003 3.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 3,355 5.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 8 5,668 9.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 915 1.5
Buddhists Other Other Groups 6 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,081 1.7
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 2,206 3.5
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,073 1.7
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 312 0.5
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 981 1.6
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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5 7,550 12.0
Jewish Other Judaism 5 6,000 9.6
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,208 1.9
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 4 452 0.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 1,402 2.2
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 619 1.0
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 278 0.4
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 146 0.2
Hindus Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 2,336 3.7
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 3 3,200 5.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 1,258 2.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 2,812 4.5
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 542 0.9
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 413 0.7
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 255 0.4
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 404 0.6
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 160 0.3
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 54 0.1
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 111 0.2
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 134 0.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 125 0.2
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 208 0.3
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 858 1.4
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 94 0.1
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 167 0.3
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 137 0.2
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 54 0.1
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 249 0.4
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 319 0.5
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 250 0.4
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 648 1.0
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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--- --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: 400 275,130  

The population of Wake County, North Carolina was 627,846 in 2000; in 1990 it was 423,380. The total population changed 48.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (275,130) included 43.8% of the total population in 2000.

* 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.