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