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Wilson County, North Carolina

Religious Traditions, 2010

20,292 1,791 9,842   1,510 587 47,212
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 185 2.3
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 1,050 12.9
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 447 5.5
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 90 1.1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 22 0.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 129 1.6
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 1,510 18.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 13 1,137 14.0
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 185 2.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 15 0.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,319 16.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 36 0.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 458 5.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 2 77 0.9
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 2,579 31.7
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 1,551 19.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 132 1.6
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 107 1.3
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,280 15.8
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 100 1.2
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 704 8.7
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 371 4.6
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 185 2.3
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
24 4,923 60.6
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,312 16.2
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 78 1.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 113 1.4
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 295 3.6
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 8,369 103.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 141 1.7
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 10 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 12 5,122 63.1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Totals: 164 34,022  

The population of Wilson County, North Carolina was 81,234 in 2010; in 2000 it was 73,814. The total population changed 10.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (34,022) included 41.9% 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 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.

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