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