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Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

619,582 61,453 299,065 9,099 117,957 33,754 1,076,102
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 583 289,422 215.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 337 128,311 95.6
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 230 128,033 95.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 213 72,406 54.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 100 39,924 29.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 98 19,641 14.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 73 9,337 7.0
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 50 13,479 10.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 36 9,662 7.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 36 14,141 10.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 35 4,992 3.7
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 34 6,862 5.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 32 1,381 1.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 31 6,281 4.7
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 31 4,843 3.6
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 29 39,394 29.4
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 29 3,538 2.6
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 26 5,654 4.2
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 25 5,033 3.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 15 6,329 4.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 14 3,988 3.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 14 3,531 2.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 13 1,334 1.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 630 0.5
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
10 12,560 9.4
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 9 8,291 6.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 758 0.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 7 1,398 1.0
Jewish Other Judaism 7 4,600 3.4
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 492 0.4
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 746 0.6
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 757 0.6
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 344 0.3
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 689 0.5
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 5 305 0.2
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 4 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 2,175 1.6
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 267 0.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 475 0.4
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 772 0.6
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 861 0.6
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 171 0.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 76 0.1
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 84,659 63.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Totals: 2,193 938,542  

The population of the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 1,341,710 in 1990; in 1980 it was 1,137,438. The total population changed 18.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (938,542) included 70.0% of the total population in 1990.

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 10 counties: Cabarrus County, North Carolina, Chester County, South Carolina, Gaston County, North Carolina, Iredell County, North Carolina, Lancaster County, South Carolina, Lincoln County, North Carolina, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Rowan County, North Carolina, Union County, North Carolina, York County, South Carolina.

* 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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